About Us

Quality Handmade Jewelry & Gifts


In our store you will find quality handmade jewelry and gifts that are made in America by skilled artisans (with some international Fair Trade). We also have fun beach games for both the young and young-at-heart. You will find apparel that can be enjoyed during your visit and beyond, wind chimes and garden stakes to bring that relaxed feeling to your yard, books on local history, and cards to remind that special someone that they’re in your thoughts.

We invite you to come in and browse our treasures!

Meet the Team

Ritchie Gregory

After over 40 years of professional photography, Ritchie has turned her artistic eye, which made her photography work so successful, toward seeking out artisans whose creations delight and inspire. She travels extensively to meet these artisans and cultivate new lines for your shopping enjoyment. Ritchie is the creative force behind Sterling Pelican.

Bonnie M.

Bonnie is our full time shop manager. She has decades of experience in artfully arranging merchandise and assisting folks find the perfect gift or treasure for themselves. She loves working at the Pelican. Be sure to walk in and say hi, Bonnie!

Jennifer Ussery

Jennifer is the talent behind our yearly collectible ornament. She learned metal smithing in college and then mentored under Mark Shields, Master Craftsmen, formally with Colonial Williamsburg. She designs the piece and then carves it in wax. After we have the design cast in the northeast, Jennifer finishes each piece with the utmost care right here in Virginia Beach!

Adelaide Rooney

Adelaide is our family Beach Photographer and owns R. Gregory Photography.. She apprenticed with Ritchie Gregory as a portrait photographer for 10 years before striking out on her own. She has a passion for people and is a truly gifted photographer and artist. Adelaide’s early work as a professional graphic artist allows her to edit final images to a level above what clients expect. She continues to get rave reviews!