I took my six year old daughter here before Mother’s Day to make something for her mother. The moment we walked in we were given a warm greeting and asked if we need any help. Gretchen showed us how to use a bead board and design our bracelet. She gave great advice on the design and using little metal beads to make it look “finished”. After we finished a bracelet for my wife and Gretchen attached the clasp for us I let my daughter design her own stretch bracelet which only ended up being $2.79! Gretchen got out a step stool so my daughter could see her bead choices better and held the board for her while Katie chose her beads. After we left Kasie’s Katie decided to try her bracelet as a necklace and it snapped. Needless to say my daughter was crushed so I took her back to make another since it was so inexpensive. Gretchen saw my daughter and was so kind. She asked her what was wrong and said it wasn’t a problem they would make the same bracelet again. She helped Katie find every bead she had before. I have no idea how anyone could remember that many beads, but it made my daughter so happy. She went from melt-down to smiling and laughing in no time. Gretchen was calm and patient the entire time and never looked less than understanding during my daughter’s melt-down stage. That amazed me. No one does a melt-down quite like my Katie. After she finished the bracelet she said it was, “On the house”. I know it was only $2.79 but I’ve never had anyone take that much time with my daughter and not want something in return. She said directly to Katie it was a treat to have her in the store so soon, which made her smile. Katie talks about the store, her bracelet and the nice bead lady every time someone sees her bracelet. She can’t wait till she is old enough to have her birthday party at the store.
2768 Aurora AveNaperville, IL 60540
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I had a wonderful experience at this bead store. The owner fixed three of my necklaces while shopped around and didn't charge me for any of the repairs. She said since she was able to use my own materials there was no charge. She was also very flexible and taught me and my friend Basic Wire during store hours, which is not the usual. She said as long as we understood she may have to step away to help other customers she'd be happy to teach us. I live over an hour from the store so it is difficult for me to make the regular class times. I found her to be a very patient teacher. She had a talent for describing each step in simple terms. Example: she compared one of the steps to rolling up a sleeping bag. As soon as I could visualize this I had no problems with making my very own earrings. She also said we were both welcome back anytime for a "refresher" class as needed and that we could sit are the "bead bar" and use her tools at no charge. My friend and I had a wonderful afternoon at this cute bead shop and we plan to return very soon.
I found this little gem of a bead store by chance. It was packed with all kinds of stone, glass, pearls and findings galore. I was warmly greeted as I entered the store and asked if I needed help finding anything. I was impressed with the class selections and decided to take the Iced Swarovski Bracelet, with Gretchen, which was running later that same evening. The class was well structured and very well taught. Gretchen was a great teacher. She took time with each of us to make sure we all understood the steps. When I had trouble with my needle and got a knot Gretchen told me not to panic and showed me how to get it out. I have returned several times since my first visit and I always have a great time creating something at the store with help from one of the ladies work there. I have taken four of the classes they offer. One of which was with Carla who was another wonderful teacher. The store also has several fantastic sales throughout the year. I bought one strand of tourmaline and got the second strand for free at the sale!