Janu Gems @ BDC March 3-5

Theodore of Janu Gems will be visiting BDC this weekend (Friday thru Sunday), bringing his eclectic collection of Natural stones, Semi Precious beads, Pearls, etc., all at attractive prices.

It’s been several months since Theodore’s last visit.  And with the uncertain Winter weather that we experienced last week, it may be prudent to lay in supplies for the next weather event.

Punxsutawney Phil warned us early in February that there would be six more weeks of Winter.   (Accuracy in Advertising compels me to reveal that Phil only has a 39% accuracy rate.  😎 .  But his predictions are fun to consider. Theodore, on the other hand, has 100% guaranteed good deals.)

Would you like to see some pics from previous Janu Gems visits? 

Use this link. 

Saturday, Feb 25: BDC is OPEN

While some streets are still treacherous, the main streets near our shop are open, and traffic is flowing.   Side streets and sidewalks are only cleared in some areas.

However, we are here to serve the hardy souls who want to get out and go, or come to BDC.

Saturday, Regular Hours, 10 AM to 5 PM.

P.S. Punxsutawney Phil was right.  More Winter.!!

Thursday, Feb. 23, 2023 A “SNOW” Day

It seems obvious, but we thought you should know.

BDC is CLOSED TODAY, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2023.

The reason is apparent.  It’s  a “SNOW DAY”

Please be careful if you have to travel anywhere today.

We’re looking forward to warmer temps and melting snow

so BDC can Open tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 24.


BDC Does Repairs

Yes, it’s true.

BDC repairs beaded jewelry.   And we’ve been doing it for a long time.

We just don’t talk about it very much.  But we love helping you bring those lovely pieces that have “issues” back into your active collection.  And it won’t cost an arm and a leg.

So, this post is dedicated to displaying examples of Beaded Jewelry that we have repaired.


When K.K. was visiting Italy several years ago, she fell in love with a necklace created with  Murano Glass. Time took a toll on the thread that was used to string the beads.  Fortunately, the original artists knotted between each bead, so when the thread eventually failed, no beads were lost.

Jenn replaced the original stringing with SoftFlex, and added seed beads between each larger bead so the original length was preserved. 

Here you can see the seed beads between the Murano Glass beads, and the wire-guards that Jenn added to protect the SoftFlex from chaffing.  

K. K. will be able to enjoy her memories of Italy for years to come.  


A. K.’s necklace broke, sending beads in all directions.  She brought it in to us to be re-strung as a bracelet.    She was delighted and amazed as Dusti quickly repaired several other pieces that had been sitting, unloved, in her jewelry box.

N.F. brought this lovely Silver & Turquoise bracelet in for re-stringing. 

She was very pleased.


Got a “Bead Emergency”?

We know how it is to be in the middle of a beading project, having somehow achieved a focused, Alpha state of mind,  only to discover that you’ve run out of a crucial item.  Maybe it’s your stringing material, Softflex, or a tube of your favorite TOHO seed beads, or you’ve used your last toggle.  No matter what it is, the Roll that you were on has suddenly ground to a halt.  And you have a deadline.

If this isn’t bad enough, it invariably happens close to Closing Time at BDC.

This is obviously the time to declare a “BEAD EMERGENCY.”

Go ahead.  Give us a call.  And tell us that you are declaring a “BEAD EMERGENCY.”

Most days we are able to stay open so you can get in and get the supplies you need to finish your project.

Yes, this is just one of the ways that we spell Great “Customer Service.” 


(Yes, I know “Bead Emergency” and “Customer Service” don’t even have the same letters.  It’s a metaphor thing. 🙂   )

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