Downtown bead shop to close

Dec. 21, 2018

Acorn19 – Bead Co. is closing its downtown store.

Melanie Erickson opened the business on Phillips Avenue 18 years ago. She has always been on the same block, and she has been in the current location at 319 S. Phillips Ave. for the past 16 years.

“I feel so lucky to have been able to realize a dream and create such a wonderful customer following, build so many friendships, teach and share my passion, and give example to others to go for their dreams,” she said.

When she learned her rent would be going up significantly next year, she decided she would “view it as a unique opportunity to write new chapters rather than jump into a new scenario right away,” she said. “I want to explore the next adventure.”

She said she plans to take a well-earned break, possibly work on some collaborations and tend to her family and herself a bit.

“I love downtown Sioux Falls and will continue to focus opportunities and the future on unique local markets and areas,” she said. “I will still be teaching classes throughout the community and in partnership with Community Education. I will also continue custom jewelry orders, fingerprint and signature jewelry online and in specialty markets until I determine exactly what the new niche will be.”

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Acorn19 – Bead Co. will hold several sales, beginning with 25 percent off through Monday, along with a 50 percent-off section. After Christmas, most beads, findings, tools, decor, mugs and candles will be 50 percent off. Sterling and some specialty items will be 25 percent off with sales continuing through early January. The store will close by mid-January.

Gift certificates need to be redeemed by Dec. 29. All custom orders and repairs currently in shop should be picked up or have shipping arranged by that day.

Bulk beading supply item discounts are available and encouraged for small-business jewelry artists.

Erickson is taking holds and deposits on display items, antique cases, gumball machines, shelving, windows, lighting and slatwall for pickup in early January.

“I do want to extend the message to remind people to shop locally,” she said. “Small businesses grow our community; give personalized service, smiles and warmth; allow us to see, feel, touch products in person; employ single moms and college students; collect taxes for our schools and roads; reduce carbon footprint; and enhance our ever-dwindling, technology-burdened sense of community.”

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Downtown bead shop to close

Acorn19 – Bead Co. is closing its downtown store.

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