Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Beady Errands

I had a fun day in Seattle yesterday with a fellow jeweler. First stop was Ventures - Gifts for Good in Pike Place Market. I had a meeting with staff to review my inventory there and to add more. They are stocking up for the coming tourist season and their 20th anniversary.

This unique and inspiring gift store is the "retail incubator" of Washington C.A.S.H. (Community Alliance for Self-Help). Their stores showcase handcrafted products from their program’s participants and other local and low-income entrepreneurs, offering direct market access as well as hands-on training in retail product development, pricing, and presentation. Working together, they are committed to the growth of small businesses, stronger communities, and brighter futures throughout the Puget Sound region and beyond.

They have a nice selection of art and gifts, many from friends of mine such as Kaleidescapes, Eastern Wind Glass and Echo Artworks.  I added 2 dozen more Beadware stone necklaces and many more pairs of earrings to their Beadware inventory. (Which means I will be working hard in the studio today!) You can find Ventures in the historic Seattle Pike Place Market at 1st Avenue and Pike St. on the Mezzanine Level, under the main arcade, in Suite 521. Easy directions are to start at the pig, walk down past the fish tossers and hang a right!

Next stop (well, after lunch!) was Seattle Findings. I stumbled upon this place online when searching for sources for tool. I had never heard of them before. The storefront was on the 3rd floor of an office tower. We made a few purchases, things too heavy to have mailed. Looks like they do most of their business online. You will find good sale prices and useful resources on their website.

Last stop was Canopies by Fred for a new tent bag. My last one blew up so I got a nice, sturdy, roomy one. Can't wait to use it tomorrow! It was a gorgeous day to be gallivanting around Seattle and riding a ferry across the sound.

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