We are amazed that it has already been a year since Blue Door Beads opened it’s big, blue door to the Piedmont Avenue community as the neighborhood’s first bead store. We know a year isn’t a long time in the greater scheme of things, but holy cow! What a year it has been!
We are so thankful for the continued support of our amazing customers, because without you, we would not be here. We were sure from the start that running a bead store would be a fun and gratifying experience, but none of us ever expected to form such rewarding relationships with such a wide range of wonderful customers. People come to Blue Door Beads to learn new things and to create beautiful jewelry in a friendly environment, but they also come here to hang out with friends & family and to share the joy of creativity! We take great pleasure in knowing that our customers enjoy their time at Blue Door Beads, and that they can’t wait to come back to make more stuff!
Thank you to everyone who has helped Blue Door Beads become the bustling, thriving, inspiring shop that it is today. We love being a part of the Piedmont Avenue community, and we can’t wait to spend more time with our amazing customers in the years to come. 🙂
And now, a series of photos from the past year. Enjoy!
Sara painting one of the walls of our classroom. Fun times!
Tyler and Patrick building the walls near our artists’ studios.
Sara & Briana take a break from a long day of prepping the shop.
Patrick building our front counter out of antique flat file cabinets. He’s so handy!
Briana pricing and putting out beads. Thousands and thousands of beads.
Jen putting the finishing touches on our awning.
Our happy little blue chair greets you at the door!
This is what the shop looked like when we first opened. It seems so bare now!
The shop then…
…and now! Customers shopping, beaders at our work table, tons more light, and local artwork on the walls!
It’s been so cool to watch the shop develop. We make changes all the time, so check back frequently!
Happy party-goers pleased with their new creations — Bird’s Nest Pendants & Earrings!
Ainsley, our resident Bead Baby, was nice enough to “help out” with our Halloween candy.
From left to right: Martha, Lydia, Sara, and Rachel.
These smiling beaders had a blast at our monthly Wine & Pizza topped with Bead social.
Sara hangs the final ornaments in our holiday window display.
It was raining outside, so Ainsley decided to come in where it was warm…and found the perfect place to stay dry!
“I can see clearly now the rain has gone…”
We love when our customers stop by to say hello!
Beaders hard at work. Sshhh — they’re concentrating.
Family & friends stopped by to check out the shop. What a nice surprise!
Patrick of Parolee Threads, Colin (Featured Artist for March 2013), and Sandra of Carpe Diem Design hanging out during the Third Thursday Piedmont Avenue Stroll.
Artist-in-residence Wakida shows of one of her pieces of custom-designed upholstery.
Fleeting Trance played a great set during The Stroll!
This gal is completely hooked on kumhimo! ( a.k.a. Japanese braiding — and she even added beads!)
Lydia, Rachel, and Sara at the Blue Door Beads 1-Year Anniversary Party.
The Mancini-Bennett Family in front of the shop.
Thanks so much for making our first year wonderful! Here’s to many more to come. 🙂