We’ve Been Nominated!

Screen Shot 2016-03-30 at 6.01.19 PMWe’re excited to announce that we’ve been nominated in several categories for the 2016 Work Local Awards, a celebration of the best local employers in the Bay Area. The categories are:

  • Coolest Workspace
  • Best Co-Workers
  • Best Employer: Retail
  • Most Community-Oriented Employer
  • Most Fun Place to Work

The Work Local Awards highlights the boutiques, cafes, nonprofits, startups, and all the local employers that make our local communities thrive. Blue Door Beads is proud to be counted among the local businesses who have been nominated for at least one of the Work Local Awards!

The awards are presented by Localwise—the local job community in the Bay Area—in partnership with other local businesses. Localwise is a mission-driven organization focused on helping local businesses hire great local people.

Thanks to all of our loyal customers, fellow community members, friends, and loved ones who nominated us for these awards! We’d like to invite to to join the fun by submitting your RSVP for the celebration event on April 28th.

Check out some of the lovely things our supporters had to say:

“Blue Door Beads has the best vibe on Piedmont Avenue! I know I will always be greeted back as if I’m their best friend walking through the front door! I know it’s the most fun place to shop for awesome jewelry-making supplies and art!”

“This is one of the few bead stores left in the East Bay and they are super-cool, friendly, and conscious! They do more than retail – they provide a place for artists, for classes, and for all kinds of jewelry and other media artists to showcase their work. Plus, the vibe is fun and exciting!”

“Community-minded, customer-oriented, responsive, caring, creative, upbeat, supportive, innovative, fun and, again, creative. The owner is amazing. Sara really cares about her store and her customers. She goes out of her way to make people feel well-taken-care-of. She’s good with everyone – the kids, the millennials, the over-50’s. The store is well-lighted, clean, brimming with possibilities, and the shared center table for people who want to do their beading in the store is a magnet for shared creativity.”

“Blue Door Beads is a great fit in the Piedmont area of Oakland. Sara is a wonderful owner, boss, and neighborhood advocate. They support local artists and have great social events to encourage customers to use their services and those of the businesses around them.”

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All That Sparkles: Photos from our 3rd Annual Jewelry Collective!

We are proud to say that this year’s Jewelry Collective was our most successful to date! 16 local artists displayed their work here at Blue Door Beads through December 22nd, and it all started with a wonderful Opening Night on Thursday, December 17th! Below is a collection of photos we took that night, and you can see more close-up examples of each artist’s work by visiting our More Fun Stuff page. Enjoy!

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Katie setting up her jewelry display. We want that wooden swivel box!

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Katie’s completed display, streamlined and lovely — gift boxes included!

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Janet and Cheryl (Bellacarisma) having fun setting up their jewelry!

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We liked the subtle elegance of Cheryl’s display — very clean lines, and easy to see her pieces.

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Janet had lots of cute textured “trees,” and she featured her work at different heights for variety.

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Chau (Beaded Girl) and Dawn (Dawn Boyer Jewelry) were getting in the holiday spirit! 🙂

Chau kept her display simple so people could happily pick up and try on her jewelry with ease!

Dawn’s “earring trees” were super cute, and she enticed customers with candy — yum!

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Jewelry by Tanya Moss of Laurels & Moss — a perfect example of letting jewelry speak for itself. Her dainty gold-filled pieces stood out against both her clean white and dramatic black jewelry busts.

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Sara giving Kelly some encouragement during her set-up.

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Jewelry by Kelly Rathmann of Subtle Spark Jewelry. Kelly’s display was low-fuss, with subtle texture and a range of shapes to keep it intriguing.

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Jewelry by Stacy Presson of Joyful Jewelry. Stacy’s display was another great example of featuring jewelry at different levels to add visual interest.

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Karen Deford posing with her jewelry (D4D Creations).

Karen’s colorful jewelry showed up nicely against her dark blue, subtley-patterned backdrop.

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Revola of Revola J setting up her vibrant display!

Revola’s big, bold jewelry called for an equally bold display with lots of shimmer and shine!

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Danya of Jolie Bijoux. Danya’s delicate pieces looked terrific on her rustic, vintage-style box!

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Courtney of Feisty Kitty Jewelry

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Courtney’s whimsical, seasonal display. We loved the snowflakes & candy canes!

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Phred Swain-Sugarman of ph.RED. Phred used a creative mix of romantic pieces (perfume tray, ornate frame) and pops of color to show off her upcycled pieces.

Phred, Courtney, and Danya with their lovely jewelry!

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Sydney having fun serving champagne to all of the guests!

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We had a full house all night long!

Our fabulous artists! Left of overhead light (L-R): Margaret, Cheryl, Katie, Stacy, and Revola. Under light (back to front): Janet, Danya, Chau, Courtney, and Dawn. Right of light (L-R): Karen, Phred, Tanya, Kelly, and Vida.

The Talented Artists of our Second Annual Jewelry Collective

We wanted to give you a taste of the amazing creations that will be featured in our Second Annual Jewelry Collective, which begins Thursday, December 18th, 2014 from 6pm-9pm during the Piedmont Avenue Stroll and will continue through Monday, December 22nd!

Local artists, many of whom are Blue Door Beads customers, will be featuring their work for sale throughout the five-day span, and will be available for schmoozing during The Piedmont Avenue Stroll happening Thursday, December 18th, from 6pm-9pm. They will be presenting a wide range of necklaces, bracelets, and earrings made of gemstones, crystals, glass, and more. Although the 18th will be the night to meet the artists, their work will be at the shop for sale through the 22nd. Enjoy a selection of handcrafted artisan jewelry that you will find nowhere else around, and finish up your holiday gift shopping!

We are so excited to be featuring such incredibly gorgeous jewelry by so many talented artists!

Necklace by Sabrina Hom of Ophelia's Jewels.

Bracelet by Sabrina Hom of Ophelia’s Jewels

Necklace by Benita Ranbdle of Nita Carol Designs

Necklace by Benita Ranbdle of Nita Carol Designs

Necklace by Cheryl Hayward of Olivia Hayward Designs.

Necklace by Cheryl Hayward of Olivia Hayward Designs

Necklace by Anne Marie Foley

Necklace by Anne Marie Foley

Hand-cut wood and brass necklace by Kelli McGiven

Hand-cut wood and brass necklace by Kelli McGiven

Mosaic pendants by Karen Maestas

Mosaic pendants by Karen Maestas

Necklace by Susan Dray

Necklace by Susan Dray

Knotted leather and pearl bracelet by Jill Marsh

Knotted leather and pearl bracelet by Jill Marsh

Multi-strand bracelet by Shelley Barnhill

Multi-strand bracelet by Shelley Barnhill

Necklace by Karen McRobie

Necklace by Karen McRobie

Bracelet by Erin Garcia of Fish The Fish Co.

Bracelet by Erin Garcia of Fish The Fish Co.

Necklace by Michele Harris

Necklace by Michele Harris

Earrings by Celia Goetz.

Earrings by Celia Goetz.

Necklace by Lisa Howell

Necklace by Lisa Howell

Earrings and bracelets  by Vida Vazquez

Earrings and bracelets by Vida Vazquez