Glass Garden Beads - "We make KITS!"
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About Us

Glass Garden Beads is a marketeer and producer of bead kits for the Hobby Industry as well as a walk-in retail bead shop in historic downtown Faribault, MN. The office combo retail shop is housed in the Bachrach Building across from the Paradise Center for the Arts on Central Avenue.  Our neighbors sharing space in this wonderfully renovated building include, "The Cheese Cave Eatery", "The Bluebird Cakery", "Tou Sisters - Alterations", "The Savvy Brush - Home Furnishing - Artisan Gifts" and "Lotus Message & Lash". Can you envision this as a gathering place? Exactly...in fact, right up stairs there is an event loft with elevator access. The Glass Garden Bead Shop offers discount pricing on all retail bead stock (25% OFF) daily and greater discounts for scheduled events. The unique shopping experience as well as special classes and a space for beading crazed enthusiasts make the shop a gathering place to enjoy the craft and each other. Stop in and check out the new space.  Wine, Food, Cupcakes and BEADS you can't get any better than that! 

Glass Garden Beads online business, offers bead weaving kits, stranding and assembly kits for all skill levels, as well as miniature novelty kits. Every kit includes directions, all supplies needed for the project, a colored picture, and a in-person phone support from me if a question or need arises. Soon, Glass Garden Beads will also be posting learning and chat time videos. As I always say...stay tuned!

 

Meet the team!

Suz Klumb / Store Owner/Kit Creator/Textile Designer.

I absolutely love the shop and doing the kit business. This business originated with Catherine "Cathy" Collison 21 years ago in Northfield, MN and in 2012, I started investing in Glass Garden Beads. In 2015 I did a buyout and moved the business to its current location. The reasoning behind such a move was simple...downsize in space, personnel and simplification of my responsibilities. Well I've accomplished some of this but downsize in inventory did not exactly happen. LOL. I have more inventory than carried at the larger shop per my last inventory. OHHH well. A girl just has to have her pretties!!!.PLUS my grandchildren go to school in Faribault so I get to visit their school activities. Grand-parenting is a wonderful experience. You'll still find me attending Bead shows either with John, my husband - or Erin - or Traci. Remember, support your local bead shop. It is so very important to all of us. The business keeps my body and mind active, my soul filled with energy and joy.  I'm blessed and a grateful Christian woman.

 

Amanda Annis / Product and Kit Manager. 

Amanda is becoming a project leader now which broadens her expertise. If someone wants to know if we have a bead, we all look to Amanda. She even knows the bead's product number. Amanzing! Amanda has two lively young boys so you can imagine she a busy schedule.

 

Kate Wolf / Bead Kit Design / Stitch Assistant / Project and Retail Helper.

Kate passed away June 9, 2019

A dear colleague, friend and valued team member. Kate will be greatly missed.

 

 

Karen Engler / Finished Jewelry Designer and Shop Helper.

Karen is a retired banker who found she had a talent in Jewelry assembly and design. I find Karen's talent to mix beads with unusual findings a gift to Glass Garden Beads. Designs created by Karen are now available to the Glass Garden Beads' customer who find they want a exclusive, creative piece of jewelry. No two pieces are alike. 

 Traci Karstens / Bead Shop helper/Hobbyist/Crafter. 

 

Traci has been assigned to shop and show bead kit prepping and stocking. Plus she is the only person who knows how to handle the thread winder which neither Amanda or I have been able to master. LOL 

 

Erin King / Marketing & Trends/Fashion Stylist /Journalist/Artist and Hobbyist.

Erin has moved to a larger than life job "A Mom to Finn" and is only with us by the project/show. This way we still get to keep her with us, though less time.

 

Contact Info:

Glass Garden Beads

318 Central Avenue North

Suite 105

Faribault, MN 55021

507-645-0301

Email us at: glassgardenbeads@gmail.com