Checking in with the Locals: Tara Montgomery

Posted on March 10, 2015 by


Charlottesville is a city filled with local-loving people, and a spirit of community and collaboration unlike anywhere else. Every week, Cville Niche celebrates that spirit by featuring a local’s top picks.

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Photo credit: Marcy May Photography

Tara Montgomery

This lovely local lady designs lovely local jewelry. From super mom to super artist, Tara is a lover of Cville and local businesses – including a good bite to eat or a good shopping trip.

Describe what you do in town.

I am an oncology nurse, mother of two, and the designer and maker of Tara Montgomery Jewelry. It is a true privilege to create the jewelry I love to wear–think classic, light weight, and colorful. I aspire to make those earrings you wear every day, and yet always feel special in.

Describe yourself in 5 syllables or less.

vibrant and loyal

Top Picks

A favorite dish in town.

The fiesta bowl from Eppies! It’s just delicious–the perfect blend of lettuce, rice, beans, pico and sour cream. It’s only a Monday special, but I wish they would add it to the main menu!

A favorite local artist (any type other than musician).

I love Marcy May Photography! She photographs all of my jewelry as well as our family. I love how she styles my jewelry in such a clean and fun way. And in particular, I treasure her ability to capture such honest and beautiful moments in our little family history. Thanks Marcy!

A favorite local shopping destination.

Petit Bebe is the best spot for children’s clothes and accessories! They are so helpful there and carry the most beautiful brands. One afternoon, they must have spent an hour with us while Leah tried on every pair of shoes on display until we found the perfect ones!