Today is the end of an era. My local bead shop, Theodora’s Beautiful Beads, closed its doors for good. I made the penultimate purchase; the final purchase was made by the store manager.
I have been lending a hand at the store for over 10 years, first in its original location when Thea still owned it, and then where it is now when the current owner moved it when he merged it into his own store a few years ago.
Very mixed emotions. On the one hand, I am sad that I won’t be able to just drop in and pick up some fabulous new Czech glass. I also feel sad for our long-time customers; where will they go now? On the other hand, there were so few of Thea’s occasional helpers left, that I found myself working two Saturdays a month, which on top of my already-demanding full-time job and volunteer commitments, drained my energy to the point that I wasn’t able to make much jewelry.
So, although I feel bereft, I am looking forward to tackling a number of projects, both professionally and personally, that I have not had the time to pursue in the last couple of years.