Alaska Bead Company
THIS WEEK'S NEW ITEMS
in our Anchorage Store
SUMMER 2013 EVENTS
in our Anchorage Store
At ABC, we pride ourselves in being "The Beader's Bead Store". We carry a full selection of beading,
wirework and metalsmithing items at all times so that our customers don't have to go to several stores
to find everything they need for one project. When we are out of a normally stocked item, we will
backorder it for our customers and then call them when the item is back in stock.
We specialize in Japanese and Czech Seed & Bugle Beads; Delicas; Various Glass Shapes (e.g. Tila
Beads, Magatamas, Triangles, Cubes, Peanut Beads, Superduos, etc.); Swarovski Crystals; Czech Pressed
and Fire-Polished Beads; Semi-Precious Gemstones; Wire; Sheetmetal; Beading and Metalsmithing
Tools, Books and Supplies; Charms; Fossilized Ivory Beads; Findings & So Much More!
Each trimester, ABC offers over 60 classes that cover basic beading, bead embroidery, off-loom bead
weaving, wirework, metalsmithing, precious metal clay, bead crochet, loomwork, and more. Our classes
are taught by Linda Myers, many talented local guest teachers, and up to five celebrity guest teachers we
fly up from the Lower 48 each year.
To keep our customers stimulated we put out "New Beads" every Sunday, host bead challenges, and
feature trunk shows. But even with all this, ABC wouldn't be the store it is today without our wonderfully
talented and friendly staff members who truly make Alaska Bead Company, "The Beader's Bead Store"!
The History of Alaska Bead Company
Alaska Bead Company got its start in 1993 when owners, Mark and Jonisue Minor moved from the
California Bay Area to Eagle River, Alaska for a more serene lifestyle. Once in Alaska, they stumbled
upon a small Anchorage findings and bead store going out of business that they quickly purchased.
Mark and Jonisue learned the business in the first year and then expanded into a 2000 square foot store
in early 1995 at which time they hired their Store Manager, Linda Myers, who is still managing the store
today and teaching a repertoire of over 75 beading, wirework, and metalsmithing classes.
In 2002, ABC doubled their size to over 4000 square feet and implemented a Point-of-Sale computer
system to control their bar-coded inventory. In 2008, ABC launched their website and on-line store.
While loading new inventory items into their on-line store is a painstakingly slow and time-consuming
endeavor, they continue today to add to their webstore as often as they can.