Reno bead shop
The most cherished presents are usually those that reek of the process – gifts carefully made by hands. This process cannot be drive-thru'ed. Reno bead shop paves the way to create that cherished gift.
Reno bead shop – unique gifts for the person you like
The most cherished presents are usually those that reek of the process – gifts carefully made by hands. This process cannot be drive-thru’ed. Reno bead shop paves the way to create that cherished gift.
THE BEAD SHOP has one of the best locations in “downtown” Reno area. You may have heard of it–Mid-Town. Most of Reno’s alluring shops are within a mile radius and The Bead Shop could probably be the beginning of it all. Or Wild Orchid. Depends on your purple-memory-muscles.
I grew up in part of East Asia where bracelets, anklets and necklaces made of beads and shells are given as cheap Christmas presents to our elementary school friends. Or a summer camp parting gift to a girl I held hands with the last two afternoons. And although I am not proficient in texture or color, nor pesticide-residue-testing of this everyday jewels, I appreciate variety and organization of it.
When you enter the Reno Bead Shop, their inventory is so diverse you would need an idea-headstart on what you want to do. Or risk being bitten by the color paralysis bug. It’s a cool place to slowly digest how you or the gift receiver can be best depicted in a string of colorful imaginations.
The most memorable presents I’ve received are those that reek of the process – the tender thought of being thought of. This process cannot be drive-thru’ed. Spend an hour, bring a note of the particulars of the person. Walk around and pay attention to the details.
You have help: stones, crystals, glass, metals, shells, focal beads, seed beads, Japanese Delica, Toho beads , cubes, triangles, hex, and bugle beads. The Bead Shop also has a startling array of sheet metal, wire, chain, and metal smith supplies.
(Author’s note: counting of inventory takes one full month as they count each and every shell, bead, and string in the store.)
Before settling in Reno, Steve & Cindy, owners of The Bead Shop, started a successful art gallery in Mammoth, California and “fell into” the idea of selling beads starting in a two by three feet wall in their California Gallery. This is where they started to learn about the bead business and more importantly, the demand for it.
When they decided to move to Reno they knew they had to jump into beads full time. They opened in 2006 on a hundred year old building and have never looked back. “We came in rock bottom, but have grown each year since we got in, we’ve seen a lot of growth,” Steve says. They bought the adjacent property “to make sure nobody blocks the people’s view”. “I spend a lot of time handpicking our inventory at wholesale trade shows”, says Steve. “I love being surrounded by creativity and creative people.”
Steve grew up 30 miles from Reno in a small Nevada town. His passion has always been close to the beautiful desert lands, spending a lot of time in New Mexico and Arizona before coming back to Northern NV. After graduating in Colorado State University, he did fisheries and biology work in Pyramid Lake through the Forest Service.
I asked Steve what was the best thing about owning your own business and he put it simply as, “being able to spend time with my two daughters whenever I want.”
What: Beads, Create your own jewelry, focal beads, jewelry findings, tools, crystals, stringing materials, and seed beads.
Where: 542 Plumas St, Reno, NV 89509
Hours: Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Contact: (775) 322-2225