Studio Baboo

★★★★☆
Full service bead store with a huge selection of Delicas, seed beads, glass, semi-precious, pearls, polymer clay and great classes! Friendly knowledgeable staff.
  • 1933 Commonwealth Drive

    Charlottesville, VA 22901

    Map & Directions
  • 434-244-2905

About Studio Baboo

Hours
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 11:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Wednesday: 11:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Thursday: 11:00 AM - 07:00 AM
Friday: 11:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Saturday: 11:00 AM - 05:30 PM
Sunday: Closed
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I have been an avid beader for many years and Studio Baboo has everything I need and more!! Findings, gemstones, crystals, tools, seed beads galore, you name it they have it. Each and every time I visit Studio Baboo I feel like family and am welcomed, they can answer any question, help me with color selections and make my purchase enjoyable. If you need supplies or inspiration Studio Baboo is the place to go!!!

5
★★★★★

I have been an avid beader for many years and Studio Baboo has everything I need and more!! Findings, gemstones, crystals, tools, seed beads galore, you name it they have it. Each and every time I visit Studio Baboo I feel like family and am welcomed, they can answer any question, help me with color selections and make my purchase enjoyable. If you need supplies or inspiration Studio Baboo is the place to go!!!

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Studio Baboo is the best little bead store ever! They have the most incredible seed bead stock I've ever seen. They have relocated to a shopping center that has great free parking. The new store has a nice area for classes.
The classes they are offering are fun and interesting. Make this a stop while you are in Charlottesville. The staff is friendly and very helpful.

5
★★★★★

Studio Baboo is the best little bead store ever! They have the most incredible seed bead stock I've ever seen. They have relocated to a shopping center that has great free parking. The new store has a nice area for classes.
The classes they are offering are fun and interesting. Make this a stop while you are in Charlottesville. The staff is friendly and very helpful.

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Very unfriendly, unwilling to take an exchange when I receive a gift for my birthday. I definitely don't recommend and won't ever be going back.

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Very unfriendly, unwilling to take an exchange when I receive a gift for my birthday. I definitely don't recommend and won't ever be going back.

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I have to so disagree with the unfriendly comment. I have been in this store a few times throughout the years, and within the past few months several times a week, as I have really taken up this hobby now. They staff is wonderful Always helpful and friendly to anyone and everyone when they come in, I have even seen them talk with the kids and help them pick out beads for new young beaders! I also noticed that they offer children's classes. So try out Studio Baboo...You won't be disappointed in the staff, the beads or the classes!! All are phenomenal! Oh and Yes it is the Downtown Mall, and we know parking is weird down there...but you can get free parking with the visitor center free parking stamp!

5
★★★★★

I have to so disagree with the unfriendly comment. I have been in this store a few times throughout the years, and within the past few months several times a week, as I have really taken up this hobby now. They staff is wonderful Always helpful and friendly to anyone and everyone when they come in, I have even seen them talk with the kids and help them pick out beads for new young beaders! I also noticed that they offer children's classes. So try out Studio Baboo...You won't be disappointed in the staff, the beads or the classes!! All are phenomenal! Oh and Yes it is the Downtown Mall, and we know parking is weird down there...but you can get free parking with the visitor center free parking stamp!

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Business Response:

We are now in a new location with plenty of free parking!
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I was like a kid in a candy shop! Amazing selection of seed beads and high quality gemstone beads as well. Plenty of jewelry ideas are displayed in the store. Staff was VERY friendly and helpful. I am an advanced beader, and they were able to answer a very technical question I had, yet I noticed that they also assisted two different customers who had never beaded before. One of them actually sat down at one of the work tables and completed a simple necklace before she left- with the friendly help of one of the staff. I was very impressed. It's a very relaxing atmosphere- nobody rushes you here. But it is also creatively stimulating. I'll definitely be back the next time I visit Charlottesville!

5
★★★★★

I was like a kid in a candy shop! Amazing selection of seed beads and high quality gemstone beads as well. Plenty of jewelry ideas are displayed in the store. Staff was VERY friendly and helpful. I am an advanced beader, and they were able to answer a very technical question I had, yet I noticed that they also assisted two different customers who had never beaded before. One of them actually sat down at one of the work tables and completed a simple necklace before she left- with the friendly help of one of the staff. I was very impressed. It's a very relaxing atmosphere- nobody rushes you here. But it is also creatively stimulating. I'll definitely be back the next time I visit Charlottesville!

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This is one of the best bead shops in the country, if not in the world. Whenever I travel both in the US and outside of it I visit bead shops. For quality, value, and range of products Studio Baboo is just outstanding. Friendly, knowledgeable staff.

5
★★★★★

This is one of the best bead shops in the country, if not in the world. Whenever I travel both in the US and outside of it I visit bead shops. For quality, value, and range of products Studio Baboo is just outstanding. Friendly, knowledgeable staff.

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I have made several attempts to visit this store with a pre-teen. Every time we are made to feel unwelcome, even though we are both experienced beaders (and my daughter is quiet and well-behaved). When my daughter enquired about taking one of the workshops, she was rudely told that children weren't allowed. This shop is definitely geared more to professionals or experienced hobbyists, which is fine (although can that really be enough business to sustain them??) but I don't know why they're on the Downtown Mall if they don't want foot traffic. A very strange place.

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★★☆☆☆

I have made several attempts to visit this store with a pre-teen. Every time we are made to feel unwelcome, even though we are both experienced beaders (and my daughter is quiet and well-behaved). When my daughter enquired about taking one of the workshops, she was rudely told that children weren't allowed. This shop is definitely geared more to professionals or experienced hobbyists, which is fine (although can that really be enough business to sustain them??) but I don't know why they're on the Downtown Mall if they don't want foot traffic. A very strange place.

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I visited this bead store with my mother who is into arts and crafts. I am not a very crafty person at all and I could stay in this store for hours looking at all of the beautiful beads and other craft items there. The variety of beads there is second to none and there are many instruction manuals and courses to choose from. I didn't purchase anything during this trip, but my mother did. She commented on the friendliness of the staff as well as the reasonable prices.

PROS: Interesting variety and great prices
CONS: Parking could be an issue

5
★★★★★

I visited this bead store with my mother who is into arts and crafts. I am not a very crafty person at all and I could stay in this store for hours looking at all of the beautiful beads and other craft items there. The variety of beads there is second to none and there are many instruction manuals and courses to choose from. I didn't purchase anything during this trip, but my mother did. She commented on the friendliness of the staff as well as the reasonable prices.

PROS: Interesting variety and great prices
CONS: Parking could be an issue

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Business Response:

Our new location has plenty of free parking!
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Studio Baboo is a wonderful, comprehensive resource for the beading enthusiast, whether expert or beginner. From the smallest seedbeads to the largest class Czech creations, Studio Baboo carries the best and brightest beads available. The staff is fantastic, too - knowledgeable and helpful and always willing to get a new beader off on the right food by explaining the pros and cons of various materials and the proper use and care of beading tools. A complete selection of beading publications and pattern books, scores of monthly classes (many with internationally-recognized beading experts!) and now a selection of pre-crafted beaded gifts makes Studio Baboo a must-visit destination for beading hobbyists and professionals alike.

4
★★★★☆

Studio Baboo is a wonderful, comprehensive resource for the beading enthusiast, whether expert or beginner. From the smallest seedbeads to the largest class Czech creations, Studio Baboo carries the best and brightest beads available. The staff is fantastic, too - knowledgeable and helpful and always willing to get a new beader off on the right food by explaining the pros and cons of various materials and the proper use and care of beading tools. A complete selection of beading publications and pattern books, scores of monthly classes (many with internationally-recognized beading experts!) and now a selection of pre-crafted beaded gifts makes Studio Baboo a must-visit destination for beading hobbyists and professionals alike.

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