From Our Editors
At the family-owned The Bead Shop , an affable staff equips jewelry-makers with all the tools they need to craft a beaded work of art. The shop’s collection of supplies surprises eyes with its chromatic array of Swarovksi crystals, pearls, and semiprecious beads that visitors can incorporate into necklaces, bracelets, and other accessories. Kazuri beads hand-painted by the tribeswomen of Kenya add an African flair to pieces, while 24-karat gold tila beads mesmerize strangers easily distracted by shiny objects. The staff leads dozens of beading classes each month, as well as more specialized instruction in crafting pieces including crochet necklaces.