"The stories were fabulous: the beads were hundreds of years old (not true), made from bits of real amber and mixed with the resin of a particular tree (not true), became more beautiful as they were worn by picking up the oils in the skin (true!), and had vast spiritual powers (that one's up to you). The legends were epic.
But the reality is no less fascinating, as thoroughly explained in a paper by Rosanna Falabella..."
Almost one year ago, we were in the finishing touches of opening our new store location! We threw the dice, left the location we'd been at for 30 years, and moved down the street to a (then) empty shell of a building! It was twice the size and intimidating to build a new location largely from scratch.... but the wait was worth it! Now as we look back over the past year, it seems like a great success! Won't you come in and visit?
Wow -- after six months and more contracting problems than you can possibly imagine, S&A Beads is back up and running! Our new space is just gorgeous -- with almost twice as much room as our old location!
Our official "sneak peak" pre-opening is October 1, 2017. We still have a few things to work out -- but our entire staff is so excited to be back and bigger than ever! After our sneak peak on October 1, we're going to close for another couple of days to finish -- with our grand re-opening on Friday. After that, we'll have normal hours!
Our friend and bead collector-extraordinaire Billy Steinberg has published a gorgeous new coffee-table style book of African powdered glass beads. This book is chalk full of some of the most beautiful bead pictures we've ever seen and treats these African-made beads as a true art form worthy of study.
We will have a copy for you to peruse at our grand opening this weekend! In the meantime, you can order your own copy from Billy directly at Wild Beads of Africa -- you won't regret it!
New space.... Check! Building permits.... Check! Construction... Starts tomorrow!
We are totally excited to let everyone know that our new space is under construction! We have more beads, more gifts, more gem stones when we open Mid-August!
Our new address will be 235 Carroll Street, NW, Washington DC 20012!!!
After 20+ years at our home base on Laurel Avenue in Takoma Park, S&A Beads is moving across the boundary between the City of Takoma Park, MD to the Takoma neighborhood in the District of Columbia. Our new home is three blocks from the old space. Very near the Takoma Station on Metro Red Line, across from Starbucks, next door to Busboys and Poets and Politics & Prose bookshop. A Yoga shop is coming three doorways away.
Our new address is 235 Carroll Street NW, Washington, DC 20012.
Many thanks to all of our customers who have stopped in to wish us well! We deeply appreciate all your love and support!!!