Kellie's Bead Boutique
By YP Contributor

From Jewellery Designer to Business Owner

The story of Kellies Bead Boutique starts in the most unlikely of places: a jail. A former prison guard, Kellie Sutton started making her own jewellery after being introduced to the craft by a friend. Her custom pieces were soon a hit and she decided to branch out and start her own jewellery company. “People were complimenting me on my creations at work,” Kellie says, “and so I decided to try my hand at selling my stuff. It became really popular and soon my pieces were being sold across the country.”

As the owner of a nation-wide jewellery company, Kellie had a chance to see how many of the stores that sold her goods were run and she had some ideas on how to start her own. She decided to set up shop in her hometown of Maple Ridge, and Kellies Bead Boutique was born.

“I think one of the things that really sets my store apart from other bead stores is my experience as a jewellery maker,” says Kellie. “A lot of stores are selling you beads without worrying about what you’re going to do with them. We want to encourage people to play around with beads and have fun. Here, we know what you’re going to get out of certain beads. We’re driven by knowledge.”

We want to encourage people to play around with beads and have fun. Here, we know what you’re going to get out of certain beads. We’re driven by knowledge. - Kellie Sutton, owner
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A Bead Boutique for All

In an effort to encourage customers to have fun with the jewellery making process, Kellie also offers a series of classes and workshops through her store. “We do everything from basic, beginner classes where we teach them the little things on how to put together jewellery,” Kellie says. “As they grow more confident, we teach them how to do things that are a little more complicated. We even have silversmith classes, where people can learn how to make jewellery with sterling silver. But there are so many techniques, I personally teach 35 classes each semester.”

And the best part? Almost all of the classes offered at Kellies Bead Boutique are free of charge. “With the exception of the silversmith classes, our classes are free,” Kellie explains. “We just ask that people pay for the supplies that they’re using. It’s really an opportunity for people to make a piece of jewellery, learn a new technique and have fun.”

Whether you're seeking a new hobby or you’re an experienced jewellery maker who wants the best selection of supplies, Kellies Bead Boutique has something for you. “We have people come from all over to shop here and take our classes,” Kellie says. “We have a reputation of being the best place to get beads and all the related materials. Plus, we like to have fun. There’s a lot of laughter in here.”

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