THE BEAD + FIBER STORY
In October, 2008, Andrea Garr, opened BEAD + FIBER, her first brick and mortar retail venture. Prior to that time, Andrea, a well established bead crocheter, had been participating in juried craft shows, and spending high quality time in her studio, housed in a renovated factory building in the Sowa neighborhood of the South End. In early 2008, renovations of 460 Harrison Ave., another abandoned shell across the courtyard from Andrea’s sunny studio was rumored. Hm, she thought, therein might be an opportunity to merge her studio with a nice little retail outlet for her jewelry, never contemplating opening a “bead store”. Turns out there were no “little” retail spaces created, but an amazing big glass box was offered to Andrea for her as yet undefined business. And Andrea’s restless mind got to thinking….why not? So, in October of 2008, BEAD + FIBER became a reality!
IT REALLY HAPPENED
Although the idea was hatched rather suddenly, it was not apparent what this venture would look like. Andrea’s glass box, a prime and highly visible corner location, with floor to ceiling windows on three sides, was a truly unique space and marketing challenge. Excited by the possibilities, Andrea decided to move forward…into the largely unknown. The bead and fiber “concept” has evolved nicely.
Andrea loves to travel, and continues to search the world for the perfect beads and materials to incorporate into her work… and now her retail outlet. A hunter at heart, Andrea used to kid around about having enough beads in her studio to open a bead store! Even now with the demands and the creative opportunities presented at BEAD + FIBER, Andrea continues to crochet beads( for her own therapy!) and with an eye for finding unusual and interesting materials, is now is pleased to be able to share her finds with a wider audience at BEAD + FIBER.
BEAD + FIBER, Boston’s best, and only bead venue, is uniquely geared to inspire creativity. Much more than a simple bead store, BEAD + FIBER offers specialty materials, engaging classes, and the work of its talented artist – teachers. In particular, our yarn selection has become a major addition to the already special bead and fiber offerings. Andrea takes great pride and satisfaction in being able to offer an amazing and unique selection.
BEAD + FIBER will continue to be an explosion of color and inspirational energy. It is unlikely there will be a NYC branch…maybe a BEAD + FIBER west? Stay tuned and visit often.
BEAD + FIBER
460 HARRISON AVE.
Boston MA 02118
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday 11 AM – 6 PM
Wednesday 11 AM – 8 PM
Sunday 11 AM – 5 PM
First Friday of Each Month 6 PM – 8 PM