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8th St. Marketplace, Boise ID

About Us


Cole & Ustick, Boise ID


Garden City, ID

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Our Story


Bead Street was established in 1990 by owner Eileen Barker.  We first opened in a small shop in the Eighth Street Marketplace, located in downtown Boise.  We expanded into an 1800 square foot business located on the southwest corner of Cole and Ustick, right next to what was then JoAnn's Fabrics.

Over the years we grew into a 4000 square foot retail and mail-order business with the largest inventory in the northwest.  We owe this success to our wonderful customers - many of which have been with us since day one.

Our staff included trained professional bead artists, jewelry designers and consultants, and nationally acclaimed beading instructors.  Bead Streets owner, Eileen Barker is a 2012 through 2018 member of the Starman's Trendsetter Team.  As a member, she not only got to see the very newest beads manufactured in the Czech Republic, she also was a member of a group reponsible for creating new designs utikizing these beads.  Because of this, our customers are in the leading edge of beading desigs.  Eileen has had her beading designs published in Bead and Button, Beadwork and Germany's Perlen Posie magazines as well as Kalmbachs Creative Beading book, Vol 12.

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We are so grateful to be in this business surrounded by wonderful  "beadaholics'', and beautiful beads.  The store provides beads, findings, books and supplies to designers, bead artists, teachers and other bead stores throughout the U.S.  Our bead inventory includes more than 1400 colors of size 11/0 seed beads, 450+ colors of size 15/0 seed beads along with sizes 3/0, 6/0, and 8/0's.  We also have a huge selection of shaped seed beads including Cubes, Triangles, Bugles, Hex's and Drops.  We have fire polish, rounds (druks), gemstones, freshwater pearls, metals, mixed media supplies, lucite, fibers and buttons,  

We are honored to be selected to receive the very newest beads manufactured in the Czech Republic.  As such, we have the largest selection of Starman's Czechmates two-hole beads including Triangles, Lentils, Bricks, Tiles, Daggers, Crescents. Diamonds and Cabochons.  You'll have to check out our fabulous selection of SuperDuos, GemDuos, Rizos and Rullas.

The store is currently closed and we are working very, very hard adding all available merchandise to our online store.  Unfortunately some products may never get added.  If you are unable to source a product, email us, we may just have it in the 'back room'. The Boise warehouse is  open by appointment and under strict Covid CDC safety protocols.  Email for information or call for afternoon appointments  208-336-9707

A big thank you to all the customers over the years who not only helped our business but have become wonderful friends.

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