Hi, I’m Suzie Skyler Hein, proprietress of Suzie Q Beads. Deep down, I’m a quirky craft-girl singer on a perpetual quest for all things fun and unusual!
Alberta born, I’ve lived in Calgary most of my life. As far back as I can remember, my life revolved around making “one-of-a-kind stuff” or doing something musical — a passion that continues to this day.
After high school, my search for a “creative career” took me through several art-related programs in three cities. Once back in Calgary, I “lucked” into a job at a picture-framing store that blended the skills I excel at and love: colour, design, and transforming something ordinary into something extra-ordinary!
At the age of 24, I bought the picture-framing store I’d been working at and a second location one year later. Over the next 15 years, I honed my entrepreneurial skills, while also taking vocal lessons to someday fulﬁll my dream of being a professional singer.
I sold my picture-framing stores in 1999 and moved to Toronto where I was happily drawn into the world of beading — I was hooked!
I returned to Calgary to do what I know and love best — operating a small business with a creative ﬂair. In 2002 a tiny orange and chartreuse house in eclectic Inglewood became the home of Suzie Q Beads, specializing in unique jewellery-making components and classes. I used many ways to promote my fledgling business including covering my vintage SAAB in beads and adding a jewel-encrusted crown on the top—my very own beadmobile!
By the fall of 2007, my little house was bursting at the seams and I moved my store around the corner to 12 St. S.E., doubling the space. My business increased dramatically, and in 2009 I moved my store into the much larger and beautifully historic Gresham Block in Inglewood. It was a perfect backdrop to unleash yet again my love of colour, sparkle and fun.
To simplify life and return to my roots, Suzie Q’s has moved once again. I hope that you’ll find my new location at 5501 1A St. S.W. more convenient and intimate.
Suzie Q’s is the store of my dreams. Each day, I derive immense pleasure from sharing my unique sense of colour, creativity and sparkle with all who enter my world.