Beadniks offers a threaded tour of world art
Popes, Indonesian head hunters and six-year-old girls all have some fashion sense in common: beads.
A decorative art the world over, they are found on every continent, among rich and poor, all ages and all genders. Beads have even been found among 82,000 year-old ruins in Morocco.
Tom Richardson wants to introduce Summit County to the world’s beads. Beadniks, a new store in Redstone Plaza in Kimball Junction, will open today featuring nuts, glass, wool, resin and ceramic items drilled and ready to be threaded.
The Beadniks at Redstone is the eighth store in a franchise started by Salai Roesler. The interior features an Asian and world art décor that is a theme of all her stores.
Roesler was working as a Broadway costume maker when she decided to quit and travel to Nepal. On her journeys through Asia she picked up souvenirs her friends envied and wanted to buy.
She decided to go into business importing unique items she found, and "beads are everywhere," she said.
Soon her business was solely importing and selling wholesale unique beads from around the world.
Eventually she opened a store on Martha’s Vineyard where tourists with time and money to be creative could take a break from the sun and make their own souvenir. Richardson and his wife
Teri Cook met Roesler there and loved her idea. When she decided to create a franchise, the two signed up to open a store in Florida.
Then after a few years they decided to move it to Summit County.
"I like the feel of the community and that it is a community. There’s a lot of stuff going on here," Cook said. "We originally came as skiers and have a home in Kamas."
Like Martha’s Vineyard and Florida, Park City is a tourist destination and Richardson and Cook want their place to be a destination for families taking a break from the slopes.
Richardson called it an "activity-based" store and Cook described it as an "experience" store. They want to help people design their own necklace, bracelet, ear rings or other item and then provide a fun, relaxing atmosphere for them to create it in.
The Asian art in the store was found by Roesler during her travels and is for sale, as well as the beads surrounding them.
"It’s a warm, creative environment to design in or to hang out," Richardson said.
There are antique African trade beads made over 100 years ago, as well as drilled beans that’s right, the edible kind (only don’t eat these).
"They run the full gamut," Cook said.
The full globe too.
There are ceramic ones from Greece, manik manik beads from Africa, cloisonné from China, fire-polished glass from the Czech Republic, clay miniatures (of dogs, dragons and dolls) from Peru, Du Pont Lucite from the 1960s and silver from Thailand to get you started.
"Beads have transcended jewelry," Cook said.
Not ready for the semiprecious stones? Beadniks has everything one may need to get started including tools, books, kits and, of course, simple plastic beads.
"The range of our clientele is a three or four-year-olds to older people, retirees, and everyone in between," he said.
Besides the skiing, another reason Cook and Richardson moved the store to this area is for a better mix of tourists and locals, Cook said.
There’s plenty of money to be made off tourists, but Richardson wanted to participate in the creation of Kimball Junction as a family hang-out center.
Richardson is excited about his location in Redstone Plaza near the JW Allen and Sons Toy Store, the new Color Me Mine ceramics store and across the street from the movie theater and Cold Stone ice cream.
"We’re getting the word out about an alternative activity base at Redstone," he said.
1675 West Redstone Center Dr. #115
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