Introducing Amber Berger, founder of Salthaus, wife, mom, entrepreneur, collector
AMBER BERGER IS A YOUNG UPPER EAST SIDE WIFE, MOTHER AND BUSINESS ENTREPRENEUR. SHE AND HER HUSBAND ASKED FOR GUIDANCE A FEW YEARS AGO WHEN THEY DECIDED TO START TO COLLECT EMERGING ARTISTS AND I RECOMMENDED A GOOD FRIEND AND EX-GAGOSIAN DIRECTOR, CHARLIE MANZO. SHE LAUNCHED HER FIRST BUSINESS AS A FINE JEWELRY CONSULTANT WHEN SHE CAME TO NEW YORK AND HER CURRENT BUSINESS LAST YEAR, A GEM OF A SPACE CALLED SALTHAUS, A MODERN SALT ROOM ON LEXINGTON AVENUE AT 83RDSTREET, THAT REFLECTS HER INNOVATIVE SPIRIT AND COMMITMENT TO WELLNESS FOR EVERYONE OF ANY AGE.
THE LRFA BLOG HAS LONG ADMIRED AMBER’S TASTE, HER WARM AND APPROACHABLE NATURE, HER DEDICATION AND DELIGHT IN HER YOUNG CHILDREN AND HER MARKETING AND BRANDING SKILLS. TO DATE, SALTHAUS HAS RECEIVED A VERY HEALTHY AMOUNT OF PRESS, PODCAST AND PRINT INTERVIEWS. AMBER REPRESENTS THE PROFILE OF AN INDEPENDENT AND CONTEMPORARY ENTREPRENEUR AND COLLECTOR WHO BALANCES HER PROFESSIONAL LIFE WITH A DEEP ENGAGEMENT WITH HER FAMILY AND FRIENDS.
THE LRFA BLOG IS PLEASED THAT SHE HAS AGREED TO CONTRIBUTE HER PERSPECTIVE. AMBER, WELCOME. YOU HAVE SO MUCH TO JUGGLE. I AM VERY PLEASED YOU HAVE AGREED TO TAKE THE TIME TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE LRFA BLOG.
WHAT IS YOUR PERSONAL BACKGROUND? WHERE DID YOU GROW UP AND WHAT WERE YOUR PRIORITIES AT THAT TIME?
I grew up in Miami Beach, Florida and always lived a very active lifestyle. I get my energy from my parents who have always been avid tennis players. I feel my best when being physically active from swimming to biking to dance and was a competitive dancer as a child. I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease at 15 which turned out to be the biggest blessing in my life. While managing a disease as a child was definitely challenging, it taught me to be resilient and not give up. I took a non-traditional approach to wellness, going all-natural against doctors orders, and healed myself through the power of food. It was transformational for me and my families, learning about the power of food along with self-care practices. There are so many people in our lives we have helped thanks to the education we gained due to my illness.
WHERE DID YOU ATTEND SCHOOL AND WHAT DID YOU MAJOR IN?
I attended the University of Florida, majored in Finance with a minor in Economics.
WHAT WERE YOUR FIRST PROFESSIONAL INTERESTS AND EMPLOYMENT?
I grew up in a family jewelry business called Mayer’s. They manufactured high and low end fine jewelry so jewelry was definitely my first love when it came to work. I worked on all sides of the business from design to sales and was always interested in creating something and then selling it to retailers.
WHEN DID YOU MOVE TO NEW YORK AND WHY?
I moved to NYC right after college, as I was enamored with city living. New York’s energy and work ethic was palpable to me since I was young and I could not wait to live it.
AMBER’S FIRST COMPANY WAS FEATURED IN 2011 IN A POST BY TARYNTHEWIFE THAT DESCRIBES THE THOUGHTFUL AND ALL-INCLUSIVE SERVICE AMBER HAS ALWAYS PROVIDED HER CLIENTELE IN EACH OF HER COMPANIES.
ASTARR JEWELRY CONCIERGE
AMBER BERGER, FOUNDER
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PLEASE JOIN US IN THE NEXT LRFA BLOG POST TO SEE AMBER’S PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL PRESENCE IN NEW YORK, ABSOLUTELY CAPTURING THE WORK ETHIC AND ENERGY THAT CHARACTERIZE THIS CITY!