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Shop Local- STRAND, Boone NC

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.

A dazzling rainbow of beads!

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!

Corner store with a great sign!

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

All text and photos copyright 2011 Cassandra Hartley, Blue Ridge NC Guide. No portion of this article is to be copied, saved, or otherwise distributed without express written consent. Sharing is encouraged using the designated social media sharing buttons at the bottom of this article. Photos for this post provided by our sister site Photos by Cassandra Lea. Author received no compensation, monetary or otherwise, in exchange for this article.


About Cassandra Lea

Native of Blowing Rock, NC; married to a fellow High Country native; lover of the outdoors, history, and local shopping & dining; and proud advocate of everything this area has to offer!


4 thoughts on “Shop Local- STRAND, Boone NC

  1. I can’t wait to check this place out. I know my mom would love it, too. She’s so crafty. Do you happen to know the days/hours they are open?


    Posted by Mandi | July 11, 2011, 10:52 am
  2. I love this Place. WOW. Awesome Review, I can’t wait to go there this weekend,


    Posted by Pamela Moore | July 12, 2011, 2:48 am
  3. The original owners were awesome. The current one is shiesty. She has shady business ethics at best to the point that I will not be a patron of anything she is a part of. Shame shame…. And this is just a concerned, disappointed local resident whose watching downtown boone be washed away of most things good that have been long time staples of our local community. It makes me sad to know ill be moving away soon and leaving the town in the hands of people like her.


    Posted by Longtime customer | January 15, 2013, 3:50 pm

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