There’s absolutely no shortage of amazing shops in Charlotte, but there are some that stand out above the rest for their uniqueness.
Beads Inc. is one of those stores.
Beads Inc. began with two teenage sisters who had vivid imaginations, a knack for design and plenty of creativity. Christine White and Anne Todd made their hobby of jewelry making into a business, selling their first pieces in their mother’s interior design studio. Small beginnings led to lots of growth, loyal clientele and what’s now considered one of Charlotte’s premiere jewelry design studios.
From glitzy gem stones to elegant pearls, the studio has thousands of beads and jewels to choose from. It could take hours to properly look over all the options —which take up two entire floors, wall to wall! Luckily, something is sure to you catch your eye pretty quickly.
Once your eyes adjust from all the sparkle in one place, it’s time to get started on your project.
You don’t need to be a professional to create your own one-of-a-kind piece in the store. Whether you’re enjoying a fun girls’ night out activity or are exploring your skills at jewelry making, the laid-back atmosphere and communal crafting tables will make you feel right at home. With the help of one of the shop’s skilled staff members, you can create a colorful masterpiece in no time. If you can’t quite figure out exactly the look or style you’re going for, they’ll happily assist you or make suggestions. Beads Inc. also offers several instructional — and free — jewelry classes that are tailored to fit any skill level. Think silk wrapping, flower making, wire wrapping and the like. And fair warning, once you start creating your own jewelry it may be hard to stop.
If you’ve already got the whole jewelry making thing down pat, this will be your heaven. From clasps and chains to wire cutters and metal stamping tools, they sell every supply you could ever need to make just about anything. (Check out the online shop here.)
Not in the mood to start from scratch? Or perhaps you aren’t feeling too creative? Not to worry — the store also carries gorgeous ready-to-wear pieces in all shapes, sizes and colors. From lariat-style to multi-strand necklaces, there is absolutely no shortage of options for yourself or as a gift for someone else.
As if all that wasn’t enough, the pros at Beads Inc. also offer jewelry repair options. Those broken necklaces and bracelets you’ve stowed away and haven’t worn in years? Dust them off and let the Beads staff repair them. They can handle anything, from restringing your favorite bauble necklace to saving a precious family heirloom.
From creating custom pieces to offering private events, Beads Inc. is a Charlotte treasure worth exploring. See for yourself — Beads Inc. is located at 339 Circle Ave., Charlotte, NC 28207. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call (704) 334-1110 or visit beadsinc.com for more information.
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