19 Years of The Bead Shop in Nottingham

Hana Glover outside The Bead Shop Nottingham


Hi it’s Hana here; I’m writing this as we celebrate The Bead Shop’s 19th birthday! I wanted to start by saying a massive thank you to all our customers past, present and future. Without you buying your jewellery making supplies and beads from us we wouldn’t still be here. Over the years I’ve met so many amazing people in the shop, at bead fairs and on workshops. I love getting to know you and seeing the projects you’re working on and am lucky enough to count some of the people I’ve met through the shop as friends.

As I’ve been looking back at the shops history it seems like a sensible time to re-cap it for you. In many ways it seems like a lifetime ago since Robin & I opened a shop in Nottingham’s West End Arcade. I was 18 back then so have now been selling beads for over half my life!

The Bead Shop - First Shop in Nottingham
The Bead Shop Nottingham in the beginning

We initially struggled to get funding. Neither the Prince’s Trust or banks were willing to take us seriously. Fortunately I eventually persuaded the NatWest and my Dad to help, along with emptying out my savings. We initially opened as The Bead Shop at the end of the universe (one way to get remembered by our suppliers! We opened in January 2000 in a small retail unit in Nottingham’s West End Arcade. Robin did the joinery to create the bead displays and along with a team of friends we painted, sorted and stocked the shop.

Within the first year it became clear that the shop wasn’t big enough, we often had customers queuing outside on Saturdays! We also wanted to start teaching workshops and expand our range.

The unfortunate demise of the Co-op on Upper Parliament Street led to the retail unit next door to it becoming vacant. This shop had many positives, including a separate staffroom and a stockroom to store our rapidly expanding range of beads. It also had a separate area perfect for beading workshops. And most excitingly two toilets! The only downside was how cold it was. Despite having as many heaters as possible between all the boxes of beads, you could often see your breath and lots of us wore pajamas under our work clothes! We launched our first ecommerce website and started to sell our beads mail-order from this shop.

The Bead Shop - First website and Parliament Street Shop

Our lease was due for renewal in 2006 so we knew if we wanted to move to a better and warmer shop it was now or never! After several months of shop viewings and negotiations we found what is hopefully our permanent home on Market Street. It was a bit of a challenge moving as the loading restrictions meant we had to carry most of the stock and furniture between the old and new shops, even though they are only around the corner from one another! This greatly amused passersby but not so much the bead shop team!

Seed beads in The Bead Shop Nottingham

7 Market Street is a beautiful Victorian building just up from Nottingham’s Market Square and down the hill from Theatre Royal & the Concert Hall (link to these). A lot warmer than our previous home it’s stunning high ceilings mean it’s still on the chilly side yet the huge amount of natural light more than makes up for it. Our workshop room is now directly above the shop and benefits from a large bay window and original features. We’ve recently crowd funded the renovation of the room. This has meant we can teach a wider variety of silver smithing and glass fusing workshops, complementing our range of beading and mixed media classes. More info can be found on our Kickstarter page https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thebeadshop/the-bead-shop-new-workshop-space-nottingham

You can view our workshop timetable here.
https://www.mailorder-beads.co.uk/workshops/

jewellery making tools - The Bead Shop Nottingham

The Bead Shop - 7 Market Street Nottingham

A lot of things have changed over the years, we’ve focused more on beads and jewellery making supplies and reduced our craft materials. More recently we offer a fixing and restringing service. This is doubly rewarding as we help customers bring new life to old jewellery and also get to hear all of the history behind the pieces. One thing always remains the same;  we have the loveliest customers!

What’s your oldest memory of The Bead Shop? Is their anything else about our history you’d like to know?

I have a keen interest in the history of 7 Market Street, if you have any memories or pictures of the building please get in touch!

Hana -x-

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Cate Jones
Cate Jones
12:01 17 Jan 20
This shop and the people who work there are absolutely amazing! I order both online and via phone when I have a bigger order and they are so helpful. Recently I placed an order and it meant that they had to order some bits in because it was a big order and one or two items weren't normally stocked... by them. Rather than send me to another bead shop to get the non stock items, they put in a special order for me and went out of their way to make sure that all was done in one stop. They ship things quickly and securely and the packages are always well wrapped without being wasteful. In all, The Bead Shop (Nottingham) is one of the best bead shops around and I wish I lived closer so I could spend more time browsing the actual shop!read more
Jackie Harrison
Jackie Harrison
15:29 24 Dec 19
I contacted The Bead Shop for some advice and now wish we lived nearer! The advice I was given was fantastic and the parcel even arrived with a little extra something for my daughter and a lovely hand written note. The delivery was quick and the package well packed. Looking forward to many more... purchases.read more
Siobhan Somers
Siobhan Somers
20:23 17 Dec 19
I recently attended a beginners jewellery workshop at The Bead Shop in Nottingham, after being given a voucher for my birthday last year. I have fancied picking up a little creative hobby for a while, but what I hadn’t anticipated was just how relaxing it would be. I completely switched off to... everything else for 3 hours and it was so refreshing. Honestly think these workshops should be offered to big companies as a way to reduce stress and get their staff feeling creative. Can’t wait to come back for another!read more
Linda Robertson
Linda Robertson
12:26 12 Dec 19
I have had great service from this shop. I only needed a few beads to complete a project. Their delivery price was by far the best for a small order. They were dispatched quickly and were exactly as described. Would highly recommend.
Joanne Johnson
Joanne Johnson
16:14 18 Nov 19
I recently visited the Bead Shop in Nottingham and was very pleased to be served by extremely helpful young lady. I am very much a beginner at Jewellery making and she identified everything I needed to make some earrings. She was also courteous and cheerful. I later tried to order some more... items using the mail order website but due to my lack of technological skills, I soon ran into difficulties. I telephoned the shop and a very pleasant gentleman talked me through the whole process (which incidently was very straightforward). I am grateful to the Bead Shop not only for the professionalism, patience and courtesy of their staff but also for the quality of their merchandise. Thank you and I look forward to my next visit.read more
Sam Self
Sam Self
10:23 17 Nov 19
Absolutely brilliant service! I ordered a few things and they arrived very quickly. The items were packaged exexcellently too. I have since contacted the shop about future workshops and nothing is too much trouble for these lovely peeps! Will definitely use them again.
Joe Ling
Joe Ling
16:08 13 Nov 19
They had the most amazing beads! Every shape and size you could imagine! They even had vibrating ones! Those made me feel the best !
Alyson Larholm
Alyson Larholm
09:54 10 Nov 19
I have used this company a few times and they have always been helpful, accommodating and really lovely too! When I've needed advice, they've also been very quick to look at photo's to help me work out what I need etc. Can't recommend them enough.
Kim Mitchell
Kim Mitchell
09:39 04 Nov 19
Keep returning to this company. Best value for money, quality of items and fast delivery. Highly recommended.
David Austen
David Austen
11:56 28 Oct 19
When I ordered the breakaway beads for the lanyard I have been making I got confirmation of the order in minutes less than 24hrs had notification that my order had been packed and sent and I received it in 2 days absolutely brilliant thank you so much for speed and good packaging no worries I... will be back again.read more
Alison Chase
Alison Chase
20:21 27 Oct 19
Beautiful products, excellent service, speedy delivery. .still loving The Bead Shop (Nottingham)! Great job everyone - Thank you!
Steve Wisker
Steve Wisker
13:33 24 Oct 19
as always very impressed with delivery. Will be ordering again soon, plus hoping to call in at the shop for a good browse. Thank you and keep up the good work
Hollie Cranham
Hollie Cranham
06:39 15 Oct 19
Really quick service and great prices! Really low postage costs too. My usual bead order shop closed, this was a light amongst many pricier alternatives!
Mo Beach-Morris
Mo Beach-Morris
14:42 01 Sep 19
I was recently trying to find a specific Beadalon item and discovered one version of it at the Bead Shop, one of the few places to sell these components at a competitive price. I mentioned on the site feedback that I would have liked this item in another colour, and much to my surprise, I... received a phone call regarding this item. The Bead Shop have now ordered this item for me, and I am beyond grateful. What superb customer service, certainly going above and beyond. Thank you Bead Shop.read more
Mairi McInerney
Mairi McInerney
14:17 30 Aug 19
First time I've ordered from them, and will definitely order from them again. They had the book I was looking for, and at a great price. Really speedy service too. It arrived the day after I ordered it, and I live in the Highlands.
Susan Horsman
Susan Horsman
18:44 27 Aug 19
They stock some unusual items, brooch to pendant converters, as well as a good range of beads and accessories. Service is always quick. A good place to shop.
Justyna Lewandowska
Justyna Lewandowska
06:27 09 Aug 19
Love this place! Such a nice atmosphere I love browsing through hundreds of beads. Great selection of jewellery making tools and findings.
Sue E
Sue E
14:24 06 Aug 19
Enjoyed an introduction to Jewelry making workshop this morning. Made a pair of earrings and a bracelet! Thank you Emma for a great workshop and your patience
sue truesdale
sue truesdale
14:11 18 Jul 19
Lovely bead shop that I miss now that I'm back in Devon. Great selection of beads and findings and great online service too. Thank you :)
yogicaspi
yogicaspi
21:21 20 Jun 19
Lovely quality flower beads. I’ve shopped here online a few times & I always find the process very easy, the service is very efficient too. I’ll definitely be back for more.
Nicole C
Nicole C
06:19 10 Jun 19
Stumbled across this wonderful site while I was shopping for some new delica beads and I was thrilled by the choice of colours and the different types of beads they offer at very reasonable prices. Their site is super easy to navigate and they have a very handy quick-add of various amounts of the... beads you want which makes it very quick to fill up your basket (much to the dismay of my bank balance!) Once I placed my order I chose 1st class post and they arrived within 2 days of placing it, I will DEFINITELY be buying from here againread more
Wendy Booth
Wendy Booth
23:26 01 Jun 19
I recently attended an 'Introduction to jewellery making' class here and thoroughly enjoyed it! It was a nice,small group, which meant help was at hand when needed, and the instructor was really patient and knowledgeable. We left with a bracelet and a pair of earrings each that we had made... ourselves, which I am wearing with pride. Great value for money and a brilliant way to spend a Saturday morning -thank you.read more
Glenys Newton
Glenys Newton
06:01 24 May 19
Only ordered by post so far and have ditched the Amazon link now. Excellent service, price and quality. I had to phone in to amend some details, it was all done quickly and followed up.
CAROL REID
CAROL REID
13:57 12 Apr 19
I am new to bead weaving and having bought seed beads ,needles and a book to start I realised storage was an issue. I bought bead tubes and a needle case to protect my tools. I then saw the beginners kit so that went in my basket. The delivery was quick and by Royal mail, wooden needle case take... my new beading needles(can't find them anywhere else). The kit is beautifully presented and has what appears to be comprehensive instructions.looking forward to starting it. Will certainly be back.read more
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