Store Location: 4053 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota, FL 34233
Hours: Monday - Friday, 10-5:30; Saturday 10-3
BEAD ABODE Bead Store is your home for beads and Beading Supplies. Visit our Google Business Page for Photos. Our Goal is to be your one stop shop for all your beading and Custom Jewelry Needs. We have a large and unique selection of:
- Seed Beads
- Glass Beads
- Czech Beads
- Craft beads available in strands and tubes
- Findings – Clasps, Cord, Chain, Jump Rings, wire, and much more.
New to Beading and want to take a Class? Visit our Class Page to see a schedule of upcoming classes, social beading opportunities and more.
History - The Story of Bead Abode
Credit: Samuel Calderon, 1 time logo artist
2017 - 2019: Bead Abode, Inc. was created after a chance meeting with the owners of a small Sarasota bead store. After the incredibly generous assistance of the previous owners in teaching us what it takes to give customers an enjoyable beading experience, we took over and Bead Abode was born. During these three years, we focused on adding fun new classes, increasing our product and color offerings, and increased space for beaders to create beautiful jewelry and forge new friendships from our prior location at the Palmer Crossing Plaza Shopping Center right next door to Painting with a Twist and very close to Bealls Department Store and Office Max.
Our first real challenge came shortly after opening. The 2017 hurricane season brought with it the largest hurricane this Florida native has ever seen, and so the beads had to be evacuated:
Though moving all those beads was a challenge, once the hurricane passed, we restocked the shelves the following week and got back to beading.
The following two years introduced our first beading brunch, numerous classes and a whole host of new and old beaders we're proud to call friends today.
In March, 2020, the COVID-19 Pandemic presented a number of challenges that led to the difficult decision to close the store location at Palmer Crossing Circle. The beads and memories would come along with us. Even so, moving out of the old store was one of the saddest days of our lives.
During the time our physical store location was closed, we went from providing beads only in store to offering most of our collection of beads and tools on our online store at beadabode.com. We also used newfound technologies to connect with our customers and allow them to connect with each other. The same Saturday group that started beading virtually at the height of the pandemic continues to meeting weekly via the same platform we set up then and continues to be an inspiration and example of how a hobby can keep people connected despite the circumstances.
In August of 2021 we moved into a new, much larger, space at 4053 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota, FL 34233 and by October we reopened for business. It was so much fun to see old friends. We still get the occasional "did you used to be over at Palmer Crossing?". Each time we hear that it feels like a reunion. The new space has almost twice the square footage of our old location and provides plenty of room for groups and classes.
2022 - Present:
The past year has been filled with growing our offering of products, welcoming back our beaders and reaching new customers all over the country and the world. Every day but Sunday, our morning starts by filling all the orders that came in. We love seeing what people are ordering and wonder what projects they are working on. We also have some awesomely talented new staff members and have recently started more regular classes.