Bead stores I have visited are listed below. I will keep the list updated as I visit more and more. Each store will have a Timber Rating, as well as contact information or a link to a post I’ve written about the store.
Timber Rating goes from 1 to 10 beads scale. A full strand of beads is the highest quality. Aspects of the stores that add beads to the strand include Bead Selection (Seed Beads, New Beads, Swarovski Crystals, etc), Classes Offered, Lighting, Workspace and Friendliness of Staff (to me this is the most important).
Argenta Bead – Little Rock; A bead store that mom and I would always stop at when driving from Tyler to St. Louis. We’ve always enjoyed their selection czech glass and other unique items. I will work on a blog post to elaborate more 🙂
Bead it! – Centennial;
Beads and Beyond – Durango;
Gator Emporium – Ouray;
Let It Bead – Englewood;
Lady Bug Beads, LLC – St. Louis; So many beads! When mom would visit me in St. Louis we would stop here. I was unable to get there myself due to lack of transportation. A great selection however a bit overpriced. Look for a blog post in the future!
The Beaded Iris – Albuquerque;
Beadweaver – Santa Fe;
New Mexico Bead & Fetish – Albuquerque;
Stone Mountain Bead Gallery – Albuquerque;
Thomason Stone Company – Albuquerque;
Bead Crazee – Tyler; My local bead store. I will be elaborating more on the store when I return home from Switzerland. Selection of beads is excellent here. If you want it you can usually find it. The owners have basically become family and I enjoy perusing the multitude of beads coming up with the right selection for my next project
Wasington, D.C. Area
Beadazzled – Dupont Circle, D.C.; Located downtown and thus most easily accessible through the metro. I found the most unique wooden beads here. I have yet to use them! (shame on me!!) However, I wouldn’t go here for there seed bead selection. Lots of other one of a kind beads though.
S&A Beads – Takoma Park, MD; Not my favorite bead store. Lots of incense and stuff besides beads. I went there looking for a clasp and was unable to find the kind I was looking for. However, you can find basics for beading. Just didn’t offer the selection I expect from an outstanding beadstore.