In addition to selling beadcrafting supplies, The Bead Boutique offers beadwork classes, providing a place for people to meet others in the community and make friends while making unique jewelry using beads of glass, stone, crystal, wood, or freshwater pearl. “I play,” one woman told me when I visited. The walls are full of creative bead necklaces. These are not just simple, linear designs. There are wire wraps and embellishments of all kinds. I saw one necklace of complex butterflies and another of leaves. Finished work can be sold by the store and that way the students can make back the money they spent on the beads. Anywhere that one can sit and talk while producing something of value is a treasure. In this case, it is a treasure where one can produce new treasures.
704 West Lumsden Road, Brandon, Florida
Written by Daniel Noe, InkDoodler.com
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