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Keep Austin Local: Sea of Beads

Learn a new hobby while supporting local.

AUSTIN, Texas — Central Texans have seen many businesses shutting down because of the COVID-19 pandemic. KVUE wants to help "Keep Austin local" by highlighting small businesses that might need a little help.

On Wednesday, KVUE stopped by Sea of Beads. The bead store will be celebrating 15 years of business in April and offers jewelry-making materials for all levels. Sea of Beads is owned by Greg Keville, who got into the business following the footsteps of his siblings. Keville said they’re known for having the largest selection of Delica and Seed Beads, and for their classes with incredibly experienced teachers.

The store had to close for a few months at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and moved some inventory online and to curbside orders. Before the pandemic, they offered jewelry-making classes, but are currently paused on those classes. Even though they don’t have classes currently, the employees are available to help customers create the jewelry they want.

Courtney Keville, store manager, said customers can bring in a picture of what they want to create, and the employees will do their best to make it happen.

Sea of Beads also has pop-ups with local artists in the store occasionally. On Saturday, March 13, they’re sponsoring a market at Yellow Jacket Social Club. There will be jewelry vendors, artists and vintage-clothing sellers.

Find Sea of Beads on Etsy, Instagram, their website, or at 2143 W. Anderson Lane.

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