Potomac Bead Company Blog

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To a Great 2010

December 28, 2009

At The Potomac Bead Company we have been blessed by a great last year. New customers continue to stream through the doors despite many of the challenges facing the country’s economy. We opened 3 new stores over the last year (Mechanicsburg PA, Phoenixville PA, & Medina OH), have seen growth in our US stores, and … Continue reading "To a Great 2010"
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Another New Store

November 17, 2009

We are heading to Ohio tomorrow to open our 10th bead store in the Potomac Bead Company Franchise organization. It has been a great honor for us having the privilege to put new entrepreneurs on their first steps and watch them grow and develop as store owners. The new store in Medina, OH is our … Continue reading "Another New Store"
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Czech Glass Shipments

October 18, 2009

This summer we received a shipment of thousands of strands of Czech glass to each of our stores. This included over 400 styles of glass in dozens of shapes, cuts, sizes, and colors. In November we will have a second shipment coming with even more styles. For a few photos, visit The Potomac Bead Company … Continue reading "Czech Glass Shipments"
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New Gemstone Shipment

June 20, 2009

A new gemstone shipment just arrived to our warehouse last week, and has been separated, photographed, and sent out to each of the retail stores.We have dozens of new shapes in this order, including multi-faceted gemstone nuggets, wave discs, two hole discs, faceted barrels, turtles, faceted diamonds, and more.The stones include Amazonite, Amethyst, Abalone, Antiqued … Continue reading "New Gemstone Shipment"
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New class idea

June 09, 2009

I was browsing the internet looking for new ideas for classes and I kept seeing different versions of the wire cuff that looked fairly simple to create, but were still very beautiful and funky. I would like to offer another wire cuff bracelet class (maybe call it “Freestyle Wiring”) in our stores. It took me … Continue reading "New class idea"
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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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