Bead shop and studio opens

In the market for a broad bevy of beads?


A new business in downtown Walla Walla is a destination for bead buffs.

Walla Walla Bead Co. & Studio 19 opened last weekend at 19 W. Main St., the former home of Green & Jackson Medical, which re-located a couple of years ago to 1365 Dalles Military Road.

The new business is owned by Pendleton residents Jay and Darlene Steiner. The two have had their sights on a new store, but with a bead business already operating in Pendleton, they opted to open here.

In addition to an array of single beads, pre-made jewelry, gems and supplies, the dog-friendly store offers classes and a relaxation area for non-bead types who might prefer to watch a movie or read a magazine while their friend or significant other makes jewelry.

Darlene Steiner said Walla Walla Bead Co. may rent display space down the road for local artists and their bead work. At least one other staff member is no stranger to jewelry creation. Employee Amy Gesler launched her own jewelry business last year, Funk On A String. Her stuff can be seen on Twitter and Facebook, where she sells her work through her pages.

Walla Walla Bead Co. & Studio 19 is also an exclusive Eastern Washington distributor of the limited edition "Bet 'er Luck" prints by Pendleton artist Jason Hogge. The pieces are a parody of Wallace Smith's "Let 'er Buck" work associated with the Pendleton Round-Up. Hours of operation at the shop are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays. For more information, e-mail: , or visit Walla Walla Bead on Facebook.

If you haven't checked out the Walla Walla Valley Farmers Market this season -- or even if you have -- this weekend would be a ceremonious time to stop by.

The governor has proclaimed this week as Farmers Market Week. The proclamation, which runs through Saturday, honors the more than 150 markets across the state that provide "fresh, nutritious, locally grown food" to consumers; support artisans, prepared food and other vendors; serve as a key source of fresh, nutritious food for those on public assistance; and "contribute to the economic and social vitality of many communities."

The Walla Walla Valley Farmers Market runs Saturdays and Sundays 9 a.m.-1 p.m. behind City Hall at Fourth Avenue and Main Street.

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at or 526-8321.


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