Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Bead Street News

It's been ages since I last posted.  Lots of things have happened, lots of things to tell you.  There is news of the Bead and Button show held in Milwaukee, information about  the Paris Flea Market and the beads I bought in this beautiful city, and photos of my trip to London.  I was hoping the royal baby would be born while I was there, but no such luck.  He did, however, arrive on MY birthday.  I think pretty cool.  But I'm sure all of you are far more interested in what's happening with Bead Street.

In the next few weeks we will be moving into a 4,000 square foot, stand-alone building on Glenwood, across from the Hawks Stadium.  This space is huge and beautiful.  The front 3,000 will be the retail store including 3 classrooms, a kitchen, both men's and women's restrooms, a children's reading area and even a children's TV room.  The other 1,000 square feet will be offices housing web development, Internet sales, marketing and new product development.

This space will allow us to have multiple classes going at the same time, additional space for all the new beads coming from the Czech Republic - including the entire Czechmate two-hole range of beads and plenty of space to design, blog, and really set the beading trends for all of you who are interested.   Exciting things coming.

View from the front entry before construction

We are currently knocking down walls, building new walls, installing carpeting, painting, purchasing new fixtures and installing slat wall.  Hopefully the space will be ready soon and we can open sometime mid-August.  A big, big, thank you for your emails, offers to help, and your patience.  We promise it will be worth the wait.

Next week I will post photos of all the new classes that will be scheduled from the end of August thru the end of December. Hopefully this will help you plan your fall schedule if you are interested in any of these. Each month there will be FREE beginning classes, as well as other intermediate and advanced classes taught by the best instructors ever.  Stay tuned.