The Norman Transcript

Business

February 9, 2014

Everyone’s welcome at Beaded Pumpkin

NORMAN — Beading can be addictive. Just ask Heather Turner, who purchased and revamped a bead store in downtown Norman, now known as the Beaded Pumpkin, 219 W. Main St.

The redesigned store now has a more open floor plan to make it accessible to people in wheelchairs and parents with strollers, Turner said. The selection of beads and findings also have changed and expanded.

“Before, it was more of a bead store and boutique,” Turner said. “Now it’s more of a full-service bead store.”

People can come in, sit down and bead at one of the available tables and use the store’s bead board and tools. Turner also teaches beading classes on demand, and the shop has become a popular spot for birthday parties. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1 until 6 p.m. Sunday, but Turner said she’ll schedule parties and classes to meet customers’ needs.

From colorful African glass beads to beads made from old 45 vinyl records, the Beaded Pumpkin has a wide selection to spur creativity.

“I started beading in my early teens and thought it would be amazing to have my own bead store some day,” Turner said. “I absolutely love beading.”

Now that dream has come true.

“I never stopped beading, and I’ve down jewelry repair for jewelry stores, so my skills never stopped growing,” Turner said. “We have a unique selection of beads.”

The beads are clearly labeled, so customers know what they’re getting.

“If you can’t find it, we’ll order it,” she said. “A lot of people like that.”

One of the most remarkable things about the shop is the selection of findings — head pins, eye pins, jump rings, ear wires, and clasps — the building blocks of jewelry.

Turner also carries a large collection of seed beading.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Business
  • Selling Norman is love at first sight

    Meeting planners who make a site visit to Norman tend to fall in love, convention and hospitality experts said this week. The staff of the Norman Convention and Visitors Bureau are commissioned with the job of promoting tourism and selling ...

    April 20, 2014

  • Green House is a homegrown business

    Nancy Muenzler was a banker in her previous life. That was before the Green House, 1708 SW 24th Street, became her passion....

    April 20, 2014

  • Conan’s martial arts moves downtown

    Conan’s Kickboxing, Karate, Boxing, Jujitsu, MMA Academy is celebrating the grand opening of a new facility right in the heart of downtown Norman at 310 E. Main St. Founded in 1996 by four-time World Kickboxing Champion Scott “Conan” ...

    April 20, 2014

  • Chamber welcomes new members

    The Norman Chamber of Commerce would like to thank all our sales volunteers and welcome our new Chamber members from our recent spring membership drive.  Suzanne McAuley was this year’s membership drive chair....

    April 20, 2014

  • It’s easier than ever to be your own movie producer

    Things have certainly come a long way since 1988, when the first stand-alone audio CD recorders outside of CD manufacturing plants started showing up. At that time, do-it-yourself CDs were the province of the rich and famous, as the ...

    April 20, 2014

  • Chamber Banquet During annual banquet, Chamber of Commerce promotes moving Norman forward

    Amidst the backdrop of music, dancing, dinner and fellowship, business leader Mike Fowler announced that the time for a quality-of-life initiative in Norman has come. As incoming Norman Chamber of Commerce board chairman, Fowler and ...

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Women leaders announced

    The Norman Chamber announced the nominees for the 2014 Women’s Leadership Award, which honors female leaders who actively inspire other women to achieve their full potential.  Past recipients of this honor, formerly known as the ATHENA ...

    April 17, 2014

  • Norman use tax takes a hit while Moore sales tax flounders

    Norman use tax took a hit this month while Moore’s sales tax floundered for the first time since sales picked up in the post-tornado recovery period. For the city of Norman, however, sales tax collections are a bright spot on the revenue ...

    April 13, 2014

  • Nextep moves back to Dillard Building, but this time with much larger presence

    In 1997, entrepreneur Brian Fayak was just getting Nextep Inc., a professional employer service, started. Fayak had been working out of his sister’s house in west Norman and was delighted when the opportunity came to rent an executive ...

    April 13, 2014

  • Spotlight

    Chiropractic award Megan Borne, a chiropractic assistant at Sparks Clinic of Chiropractic in Norman, was recently awarded the title of C.A. counselor with the Pinnacle Chiropractic Management Group. She will assist other chiropractic ...

    April 13, 2014