HELLO! Suzie here and I’ve got some BIG NEWS to announce, but first, I thought it would be fun to take a short trip down “Suzie Q Beads – Memory Lane”…
This June 15, 2017 will mark the milestone of 15 years in business… my-oh-my, I can hardly believe it… the time has certainly zzziped by!
Suzie Q Beads started out in 2002, in the colourful little house you see here, off-the-beaten track on 10 Ave. SE in Inglewood.
After 5 1/2 years of serving happy jewellery-makers and Trollbeads fans, this cozy space got to be too small and our first move, around the corner to 12th St., happened in the fall of 2007.
Location #2 for Suzie Q Beads was at 917 12 St. SE. (still in Inglewood)
HEY… it’s the original Suzie Q “Sparkle” sign… isn’t it FAB?!
Even though this location was double the size of the original, with the addition of more ready-to-wear jewellery lines, lots of jewellery-making classes and a major increase in popularity, we outgrew this space in less than two years!
On the look out for a new location, the “space of my dreams” became available, so the Suzie Q Bead Gals and I dove into an even bigger move than before, to the historic Gresham Block at 9 AVE. and 13 ST SE, still in Inglewood.
FYI… just a month, or so, before moving to Manchester, this second version of my “iconic” sparkle sign got totally trashed in a major hail storm… as you can imagine, it was utterly heartbreaking!
BTW… this sign can still be seen, restored and safe, inside the current Suzie Q Beads
It took a few years to fill such a large space, but it was a super-fun challenge. It was great to finally have a private classroom to be able to offer even more classes at much more convenient times, such as the weekends.
As much fun as it was being in Inglewood for over 13 years, there were some definite challenges, such as a major flood in the little house, a flooded basement at the big store with the catastrophic Calgary Flood of 2013 and, as shown in the pic below, a truck came through the side of the 9th Ave. store, narrowly missing a gas line!… Yikes!
After six years of tending to a giant store, full of a bazillion tiny things, I felt the need to simplify… go back to my roots of something more manageable, like my little house or the 12th St. shop, A.K.A. “The Middle Store”.
We moved to our present location in Manchester at the end of August, 2015.
It took a lot longer to renovate than I anticipated (I even created a bit of a studio for myself in the classroom area), so Suzie Q Beads didn’t re-open until mid-November.
For the most part, we’ve received favourable comments from our Suzie Q customers about the new location… for example… easier access and better parking than in Inglewood, for sure!
While I’ve enjoyed the process of getting re-established in our much smaller location, the time that I’ve been craving for personal creative pursuits hasn’t transpired, unfortunately. In fact… I’m busier than ever with the tasks involved in running a retail store, especially with the increasing demands of social media, and I haven’t had the time to make even one single thing in my new studio!
MORE AND MORE, I feel like time is totally slipping away and the urge for personal creativity is getting STRONGER and STRONGER, to the point that I HAVE NO CHOICE but to make A BIG CHANGE!!!
With VERY mixed emotions — this next bit is the ultra-sad part — SUZIE Q BEADS will be CLOSING our “physical” doors on SUNDAY, APRIL 23 at 5PM.
“THE BEAD GOES ON”
when our Cyber Doors OPEN SOON on our
Brand New SHOPPING WEBSITE!!!
So, what will be offered on the New Suzie Q Website???
We’re not quite ready to divulge the details, but I can tell you that I’ll finally have a creative outlet, not only for products sold on the new website, but I’ll also have time for personal projects, such as the one I’ve been trying to do for the last three years…
“bejewelling” my ukulele (shown below on the right), inspired by the one used by Bette Midler (shown below on the left) in her spectacular Vegas show “The Showgirl Must Go On”… Fun, or what?!
BTW… I’ll be posting about my “Uke” project on my New Blog, so stay tuned!
WITH THE BIG CHANGE
(Closing our “Physical” Doors)
this means that we’re having a
More details are coming soon … so Don’t Miss Out!
••• THANK YOU! • THANK YOU! • THANK YOU! •••
(The words don’t seem to cover the gratitude that I feel…)
Whether you’ve been visiting Suzie Q Beads since the early days in the little house or you’ve just recently discovered “The Q”, I want to “THANK YOU!” from the bottom of my heart for your patronage, creativity and passion for all things “BEADIFUL”, and of course, all of the “Good Creative Fun” that we shared over the years!!!
I most certainly will miss the “in person” contact at Suzie Q Beads with each and every one of you, but look forward to “seeing” you in cyberspace soon!
(BTW… I hope to see you at some point before
the Suzie Q Doors CLOSE at 5PM on SUNDAY, APRIL 23)
Just a reminder… Suzie Q’s hours of operation have CHANGED.
Please SEE below for the details:
When one door CLOSES…YES, literally! – It’s time 4 a CHANGE!