Greetings Beading Friends,

We were thrilled to receive a number of contracts in May from organizations arranging Gem and Mineral Shows in the coming months. It feels more and more that we are getting "back to normal". It will be wonderful to see people we haven't seen in the last 2 years and to meet new people on these outings. It will open our minds and we hope that we will have an array of products that stimulates your creative thinking. Deepak Chopra once said: "What keeps life fascinating is the constant creativity of the soul". We certainly experience this with the broad range of contacts we have and so have missed the exchange with the people we normally see at shows.

This month we will be celebrating 38 years in business and 28 years with Meredith as owner! It is interesting looking back. We were one of the first mail order bead businesses in Canada and customers bought from a simple price list with no photos. In the mid 1990's we graduated to a colourful printed catalogue with great photos. This continued until 2007 when we became one of the first to have an online store. We had found that availability of some products and many prices would change in the period between when we submitted text and photos to the printer and the time we received the hard copy to send out. And those catalogues were very expensive to produce. With our first attempt at an online store, we could change text and images to remain current but every change had to be done by the webmaster. Taking him a couple hours for each change once he had time!!! Also the online store was not integrated with our point of sale syatem. In 2011, that was fixed and what a time saver! Carrie can take a photo and have it uplaoded in less than 5 minutes. There is an accurate record of inventory for our online customers and because of upgrades done a year ago, people using cellphones or tablets have a mobile friendly website.

There are many wonderful memories for all of us especially when we still have customers from 30 years ago! The constant creativity we see every day is indeed fascinating! And we are so grateful for everyone's support!

Very best wishes from all of us!

Meredith, Brent and Carrie