The Black Bead

★★★★★
  • 5003 Newport Ave

    San Diego, CA 92107

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  • 619-222-2115

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Lynn Muhlenkord decided to expand her love of beads and jewelry with the opening of The Black Bead in February of 1993 in the heart of Ocean Beach. Little did she know, this storefront was soon to be one of the most popular shops for unique beads in Southern California.

Today, The Black Bead is a bustling shop in Ocean Beach on Newport Avenue. They boast beads and other products from over 300 suppliers, giving clients a vast array of options and unique products. As the owner Lynn says, there??s ??always something new and different?, and they try to keep it that way. Unlike most bead shops, The Black Bead carries just about every kind of bead from bone, wood and shells to ones made from precious metals, glass and ceramic. You??ll also find many different kinds of chain and cording throughout the store. Not only does The Black Bead appeal to seasoned jewelry makers, but their staff is skilled at showing newcomers quick basics and recommending materials to go with pieces brought in to the store. Even the store mascot Gracie has been known to pitch in, writing the newsletter and sending out coupons. With such unique pieces and amazing customer service, The Black Bead is and will continue to be a staple in San Diego.

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★★★★☆

Lynn Muhlenkord decided to expand her love of beads and jewelry with the opening of The Black Bead in February of 1993 in the heart of Ocean Beach. Little did she know, this storefront was soon to be one of the most popular shops for unique beads in Southern California.

Today, The Black Bead is a bustling shop in Ocean Beach on Newport Avenue. They boast beads and other products from over 300 suppliers, giving clients a vast array of options and unique products. As the owner Lynn says, there??s ??always something new and different?, and they try to keep it that way. Unlike most bead shops, The Black Bead carries just about every kind of bead from bone, wood and shells to ones made from precious metals, glass and ceramic. You??ll also find many different kinds of chain and cording throughout the store. Not only does The Black Bead appeal to seasoned jewelry makers, but their staff is skilled at showing newcomers quick basics and recommending materials to go with pieces brought in to the store. Even the store mascot Gracie has been known to pitch in, writing the newsletter and sending out coupons. With such unique pieces and amazing customer service, The Black Bead is and will continue to be a staple in San Diego.

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Other beaders - BEWARE! Save your time, energy and $$$$ and go elsewhere.\r
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I used to frequent this bead shop at least once a month, and then they lost my business very quickly. The owner or manager was exceptionally rude to me while I

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★★★★★

Other beaders - BEWARE! Save your time, energy and $$$$ and go elsewhere.\r
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I used to frequent this bead shop at least once a month, and then they lost my business very quickly. The owner or manager was exceptionally rude to me while I

Pros: not worth the 1 star

Cons: poor service and expensive prices

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The Black Bead is a bead lover's paradise. They have something for every bead lover's taste in this store. You will find normal plastic beads, fancy glass beads, shaped beads, and just about everything in between. Whether you need a large, fancy bead for a special chandelier project, a bag of beads for a very large project, or you want to get our son or daughter interested in beading, then this is the place to shop! Their prices are very competitive, and while they cost more than Wal Mart, their wonderful selection, and their outstanding, knowledgeable staff really makes up for their slightly higher prices. Their staff has a lot of knowledge about beads, and they are able to recommend everything from the proper tools, to the proper closures, to the right kind of wiring, and how to manuals to meet your needs. They sell lots of instruction products that can help any wannabe bead crafter get started, and they really have a unique selection that you won't find anywhere else. If you are into making beaded jewelry, then The Black Bead is the place to go for all of your jewelry making needs. They sell everything from tools to get you started, to beads that will make your projects look like they just came off the runway. If you have a beading business, and need a great place to find unique beads, then this is the place to come. If you are a regular beading enthusiast, then give this place a try instead of heading to your local discount store the next time you make a bead run. There is ample parking and the store is warm and welcoming. You will wonder why all bead stores are not like this one. Don't see what you are looking for in stock? They can tell you where to get it, or help you special order it.

PROS: Everything you need for all of your beading and jewelry making projects.
CONS: None that I can think of.

5
★★★★★

The Black Bead is a bead lover's paradise. They have something for every bead lover's taste in this store. You will find normal plastic beads, fancy glass beads, shaped beads, and just about everything in between. Whether you need a large, fancy bead for a special chandelier project, a bag of beads for a very large project, or you want to get our son or daughter interested in beading, then this is the place to shop! Their prices are very competitive, and while they cost more than Wal Mart, their wonderful selection, and their outstanding, knowledgeable staff really makes up for their slightly higher prices. Their staff has a lot of knowledge about beads, and they are able to recommend everything from the proper tools, to the proper closures, to the right kind of wiring, and how to manuals to meet your needs. They sell lots of instruction products that can help any wannabe bead crafter get started, and they really have a unique selection that you won't find anywhere else. If you are into making beaded jewelry, then The Black Bead is the place to go for all of your jewelry making needs. They sell everything from tools to get you started, to beads that will make your projects look like they just came off the runway. If you have a beading business, and need a great place to find unique beads, then this is the place to come. If you are a regular beading enthusiast, then give this place a try instead of heading to your local discount store the next time you make a bead run. There is ample parking and the store is warm and welcoming. You will wonder why all bead stores are not like this one. Don't see what you are looking for in stock? They can tell you where to get it, or help you special order it.

PROS: Everything you need for all of your beading and jewelry making projects.
CONS: None that I can think of.

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The Black Bead has a great selection of beads. You get a basket to take around to pick out what you want from 1 bead to 100. You just list it down on your tally sheet. They have lots of tools to help you out, too, pliars, leather cords. It's everything that you'll need, not just the beads.

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★★★★★

The Black Bead has a great selection of beads. You get a basket to take around to pick out what you want from 1 bead to 100. You just list it down on your tally sheet. They have lots of tools to help you out, too, pliars, leather cords. It's everything that you'll need, not just the beads.

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i love making things with beads and this place has the largest collection of beads i know of. their staff is willing to help you and find all the right beads you want . their prices are always great and they always have great quality. they also special order any items you might want.

4
★★★★☆

i love making things with beads and this place has the largest collection of beads i know of. their staff is willing to help you and find all the right beads you want . their prices are always great and they always have great quality. they also special order any items you might want.

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Great selection of beads and beadwork supplies. Friendly and helpful staff will get the novice on track quickly. I like to bring my nieces here to pick out bead for projects that we work on when they visit. Parking is fairly easy on Newport, except in the middle of summer.

4
★★★★☆

Great selection of beads and beadwork supplies. Friendly and helpful staff will get the novice on track quickly. I like to bring my nieces here to pick out bead for projects that we work on when they visit. Parking is fairly easy on Newport, except in the middle of summer.

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The Black Bead is my favourite bead store in the San Diego thus far. The inventory is absolutely amazing, with items representative of all possible types of beads. On my last trip, I picked up pieces ranging from abalone shell spheres and ceramic Asian beads to wooden carved flower beads and pewter dragon pendants. This is definitely the place to be for jewelry making inspiration!

5
★★★★★

The Black Bead is my favourite bead store in the San Diego thus far. The inventory is absolutely amazing, with items representative of all possible types of beads. On my last trip, I picked up pieces ranging from abalone shell spheres and ceramic Asian beads to wooden carved flower beads and pewter dragon pendants. This is definitely the place to be for jewelry making inspiration!

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This shop has every bead you could possibly imagine! It is great to just lose yourself in all the beads! The inventory is well-organized and the prices are clearly marked and reasonable. They also carry books about beading and jewelery making

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★★★★☆

This shop has every bead you could possibly imagine! It is great to just lose yourself in all the beads! The inventory is well-organized and the prices are clearly marked and reasonable. They also carry books about beading and jewelery making

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