In 2005 Alana and Bianca Alicea discussed the idea for an all-handmade jewelry company that could have unique stylish designs while still being American made. With a background in jewelry design and hailing from Rhode Island, which was once known as "The Jewelry Capital of the World", both women decided to put their innovative skills to good use and help bring manufacturing back to the states.
The mother/daughter duo started out with a small, few hundred dollar investment and big ideas. They turned their dinning room into a small home office and studio for their new company. After MANY sleepless nights and endless hours of dedication their business was starting to thrive.
Within a few short years they grew from a home office to full scale 5,500 square ft production facility with 25 employees, inclusion in retail locations, a fundraising division and countless happy customers. Eleven years later and ChubbyChicoCharms is now an accredited company with the Better Business Bureau, a member of the Northeast Chamber of Commerce, winner of the Small Business Administration Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 Award and has received Rhode Island Monthly's Enterprising Woman of The Year Award.
With the expansion of their fundraising program ChubbyChicoCharms has helped thousands of organizations raise millions of dollars in much needed funds for education, illness awareness, children's groups, sports teams and so many more.
None of this would have been possible without dedication, hard work, a tight knit group of family, and a mother/daughter team that strive for excellence and success.
Reason For Our Name
One of our most commonly asked questions is "Where does the Chubby Chico Charms name come from?" It is a distinctive name and has an interesting story behind it.
While the company was still in its infancy, another infant was also due. Owner Bianca Alicea was expecting and her pregnancy was very difficult. Although it was known that she was going to deliver a baby boy, no name had been chosen at the time because everyone was focused solely on the health and wellness of mommy and baby. Everyone asked how she and the little "chico" (meaning boy in Spanish) were doing.
Bianca was able to make it to the third trimester and finally delivered a premature baby boy that she named Xavier. Thankfully, he was perfectly healthy and weighed in at just over six pounds!
Xavier quickly gained weight and became a chubby baby boy. Being the newest member of a large family, he had many visitors, all of whom continued to call him chico. "Where is that chubby chico?" and "How is chubby chico?" were heard often in house throughout that time, so when it came to naming the growing new charm company, Chubby Chico Charms appeared to be the perfect fit!