Connie Lior, a former advertising executive, started CBL 25 years ago.
While in Israel on vacation Connie
encountered a prominent art dealer, as well as artisans in need of marketing their crafts in America.
Having just sold her
advertising business, Connie thought, "Sure, why not?
I'll give it a shot."
One thing led to another and soon Connie
first gallery in Maplewood, NJ with only 600 square feet including storage.
It was quite "cozy", to put it mildly, but it really launched the business.
After four years in Maplewood, Connie
enlarged CBL's size, staff and inventory by relocating the gallery to West Orange, NJ. "It was a terrific move and helped solidify our success.