One of downtown Boone’s tucked away treasures is Strand, formerly called The Bead Box. For those looking for the perfect beads, this is the place to visit.
Located in the King Street Mini Mall, Strand has been catering to the needs of Boone’s jewelry makers since its grand opening in 1997. Millions of sparkling crystals, authentic gemstones, vintage beads, and beautiful pieces from around the world, alongside handmade jewelry items, line the rows of the shop.
The beads are usually individually priced. Pick up a muffin tin and a clipboard, or a small plastic bag and a permanent marker, and keep good notes of how many beads you select for each price so the cashier can accurately ring it up. Most beads are well under $1.00 a piece, but rarer finds may be priced a bit higher. On my visit yesterday, I spotted a bin of classic Swavrovski crystals from the early 1900’s going for $1.50 each. It’s easy to lose yourself in Beadland here, and before you know it you’ll have the basis for several beautiful projects.
Not sure just how to get started with jewelry making? Not to worry- the friendly staff are always glad to answer questions and show you the ropes to get you going. Beading is infectious, and there’s no better place in Boone to get your start.
Browsing through the racks of beads can work up a powerful thirst. Thankfully, Grateful Grounds Coffee is just through a doorway, sharing space with Strand. Grateful Grounds is proud to serve up Bald Guy Brew coffee, so you’re assured it’s fair trade and organically grown. I’m not a coffee drinker, but the smells are always enticing. The wildberry smoothie I had yesterday was wonderful, a perfect way to cool off during a hot July afternoon.
Don’t hesitate to stroll in whenever you’re browsing downtown Boone. It’s a great place to get your beading on!
Where Is It?
585 West King Street, almost directly across from the intersection of W King St and Grand Blvd.
Open 10am-7pm Monday to Saturdays and 11am-7pm Sundays
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