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About Us

Our Store

Beadstore.com began in 1998 to serve beaders and collectors around the world. It is the online presence of S & A Beads, located at 6929 Laurel Avenue, just outside of Washington, DC in Historic Old Town Takoma Park.  The store is easily accessible from the DC Metro's Takoma Station on the Red Line.

Store Hours:

 Monday - Friday: 11 am - 7 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm
Sunday 10 am - 5 pm

 

You can reach us anytime through email at orders@beadstore.com, or by phone at 301-891-2323 (leave a voice message after hours).

 

Parking

We recommend parking on the lot behind the store, entrance is to the left of our store. The first hour of parking is free, every hour thereafter costs $2 each. Street parking is plentiful and metered. Payment for metered parking is required everyday with the exception of Sundays!

 

S&A Beads: The Team

The S&A Beads team is made up of a fun, multi talented, and caring group of beaders who enjoy interacting with their peers in the Beading Community everyday from amateur to professional and those who stumble in not knowing they're about to pick up a rewarding beading habit! The store is owned by the passionate beaders of the Silverman family including; Larry, Abraham, and Emily Silverman and was founded by the late Susan Hunter Silverman. Today the store is managed by Emily who has been learning about beading since childhood when she crawled and giggled through the store.

Now she is an expert at jewelry repair and design and uses her gifts of leadership and business acumen to benefit the store. If you want a mini "Bead Appreciation" lecture- come in and bump into, Larry. You can tell how much he loves beading by the antique artisan necklaces he always sports around his neck. He can tell you the story behind all the interesting beads you'll find in store. His son Abraham is the "A" in S&A Beads. He also is a bead expert with a great knowledge of bead history. Read his blogs online. Abe travels around the world to gather the international finds that make S&A Beads so unique!

 

Cheryl is our senior jewelry expert. If you've been in store for a repair or advice, you probably spoke with Cheryl, and were impressed by her expertise and ability to make beading an easy task for anyone. Carlista is the cherry on top of our trio of expert jewelry repair and designers in store! Many people come in and are amazed by her intricate hand beaded artworks. She is an art student who is mastering several mediums and has a unique artistic point of view. Lisa is known for her friendliness and helpfulness in store. She is an apprentice of the art of beading. Surely you've seen some of her work amongst the staff made jewelry in store. Kimberly is the newest addition to the team. In store you will see her at checkout, the repair desk, and at times huddling in with one of the experts to learn a beading trick or two. Outside the store she handles things from social media to graphic design to photography. We welcome you to visit us in our beader's heaven!
 

 

 

 

History of S&A Beads

 

Susan Hunter Silverman, the late founder of S & A Beads, began selling beads, jewelry-making parts, and gift items in the mid-1980s at open-air flea markets across the Washington area. She was a regular at Eastern Market on Capitol Hill and the Bethesda Farm Women's Market on Wisconsin Avenue. She took the business indoors in 1987 to a small store on Carroll Avenue in Takoma Park, and later to the shop's current home on Laurel Avenue. The "A" in S & A stands for Abraham, Mrs. Silverman's son, who has been an active participant in the business since its beginning. Abraham is a member of the Washington Bead Society and an expert on the antique African beads that make S & A Beads one of the most interesting bead stores anywhere. 

 

Susan Silverman's eclectic taste for brilliant colors and diverse cultures was reflected in her jewelry design and in the items sold in her store. "The nice thing about bead stringing," she used to say, "is that you can get a beautiful result at the first attempt, unlike other crafts such as playing the violin." Her tradition of sharing her knowledge of beads and jewelry making is carried on today by the knowledgeable staff of S & A Beads, each of whom is a teacher and designer in their own right. You can click here to see designs by Cheryl Moody and Emily Silverman. You will also see Larry Silverman (store owner), Carlista Martin and Lisa (local artists and sales associates) as well as Kimberly Arnold (graphic designer and sales associate) in store. If you are in the Metro DC area, click here to see our schedule of beading classes, or stop by the store for a consultation and have one of these talented women create a unique piece just for you!

 

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