Thursday, July 19, 2007

San Francisco Bead Show

Today we set up for the WholeBead Show in San Francisco. I always forget what a beautiful city it is, though it's only 40 minutes away we stay to busy to enjoy. Today was a typical San Francisco day, wind blowing and beautiful with the fog creeping in over the bridge in the late afternoon. So bring a sweater for the evenings.

The show is at the Holiday Inn on Van Ness and the California Line Trolley stops right by the corner. There'a a lounge in the hotel and one door away is a Starbucks, my kind of place!! The Starbucks is inside the bank - no kidding. After banking hours they just have a guard there, so it's a very safe place to get a cup of coffee!

The show is in a good sized ballroom, just straight back from the lobby. The vendor list carries a wide range of beading supplies. There is parking at the hotel for only $7.00 per day (with validation from the Whole Bead Show). There are plenty of restaurants and quick food places within walking distance.

Location: 1500 Van Ness between Pine and California.
Fri and Saturday 20-21 July, 10-6 and Sunday 22 July, 12-5

Come and enjoy the fun.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

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Sunday, July 01, 2007

Beads by the Bay - San Francisco Jul 20-22

Happy 4th of July to all our American customers!

We very much enjoyed Portland and the WholeBead Show as well as the staff. The venue in Montgomery Park was a beautiful setting on the edge of the 'Nob Hill' district. Nearby were lovely shops and restaurants.

The Montgomery Park was originally the distribution center for Montgomery Wards, built in 1921 with a train track in the basement for delivery of goods. It has since been renovated and is on Oregon's National Historic List. Today it houses offices and medical facilities as well as spacious ballrooms for shows like our bead show.

We again were happy to meet our regular customers who came from as far as Florida and Idaho. And for us a special treat was seeing my great niece, Rebecca who is working in the area. She gave us recommendations on restaurants and helped us set up. Even her boyfriend enjoyed the beads and was soon telling customers how they were made. While I thought they would be bored in a hour, they insisted in staying all day Saturday - well maybe we've made some new beaders, beading is after all addictive.

While we were there Ava talked us into doing the San Francisco show, so for all of you northern Californians, here's your chance to see us once again along with the other marvelous vendors. (More Info on our website)

The WholeBeadShow
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway
1500 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94109

July 20-22 (Fri,Sat 10-6 and Sun 12-5)
For now, happy holiday!

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