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Czech Glass Factory Tour

May 28, 2009

We recently had the privilege of touring several of our Czech glass supplier’s factories in the Czech Republic, giving us the ability to both take photographs and learn more about how our beads are made. This page specifically highlights the manufacturing techniques for pressed glass beads and firepolished glass beads. Additional links to other czech … Continue reading "Czech Glass Factory Tour"
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Beading Across the Continent

May 02, 2009

I always enjoy seeing products, but there is one bead in particular that I am particularly excited to see arrive in the store this summer. I hope that by giving you all a brief introduction to Rudraksha beads, you’ll anticipate their arrival as much as I do! I love beautiful beads, but what I love … Continue reading "Beading Across the Continent"
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Art, Beads, and Architecture

April 30, 2009

The newest Potomac Bead Company location opened last Tuesday in the heart of downtown Phoenixville, PA. Having opened all of our stores in downtown locations has given me a new love for architecture and the revitalization of the amazing old buildings that are hidden, just waiting to be brought back to life. I truly believe … Continue reading "Art, Beads, and Architecture"
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New Beads & Photography

April 20, 2009

As I‘ve said before, we love going through new bead shipments… at least for the first day. After the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th days, unpacking can become tedious, but odly exciting at the same time. Often as Allie and I are unpacking and photographing new shipments, Allie will suddently grab a strand of beads, run … Continue reading "New Beads & Photography"
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Good, clean, beading fun

April 15, 2009

My workday usually consists of serving customers, making class schedules, managing employees, keeping the store clean, labeling products, and teaching classes. Every day an awed customer says to me, “You’re so lucky to sit around and make jewelry all day!” and I laugh inside because it seems that’s always the last thing on my mind! … Continue reading "Good, clean, beading fun"
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New Gemstones Arriving

April 09, 2009

Our latest shipment of over 30 cases of gemstones recently arrivedto our warehouse, and we are going through them now. This is always one of my favorite jobs, as we get to see hundreds of styles cut at our request. With over 250 styles of stones and over 500 shapes, there are hundreds of thousands … Continue reading "New Gemstones Arriving"
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Store Opening

April 07, 2009

April 4th was the Mechanicsburg, PA location’s Grand Opening Celebration. It was great to see lots of new customers that we anxiously awaiting to come to the store. An amazing thing to witness was the degree to which the customers varied in age, beading experience, and what they use beads and findings to produce. We … Continue reading "Store Opening"
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Trunk Shows

April 07, 2009

Most Potomac Bead Company locations will soon be offering trunk shows for our customers. A trunk show is when we take either new products or old stored beads and lay everything out on tables for a period of time. This gives our customers a chance to get new beads, sort through old beads, or find … Continue reading "Trunk Shows"
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Bead Store Challenges and Opportunities

April 01, 2009

Running a network of bead stores has given us more fun, excitement, and opportunities than anything we’ve ever done. At the same time, managing the operations, websites, payroll, growing bead store franchise system, can be challenging! One of the greatest challenges is distribution. At any given time, we have 5-6 shipments one the way to … Continue reading "Bead Store Challenges and Opportunities"
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Travel, Beads, and Networking

March 26, 2009

One great advantage of our bead industry, as well being in the fortunate position of franchising bead stores, we have the great advantage of getting to travel frequently. I will probably repeat this again, but this is such a blessing to us, as we get to see so many parts of the world from so … Continue reading "Travel, Beads, and Networking"
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