Oct. 30, 2006

Downtown Delano store offers ways to preserve memories

By Cullen Schultz
Staff Writer

Something for all aspects of scrapbooking and preserving memories is what Delano’s Jamie Pogue is hoping to provide with her new downtown store, The Bead Cellar.

Pogue opened The Bead Cellar, which features all forms of beads and scrapbook accessories, in Delano Aug. 28.

During her high school years, Pogue moved to Delano with her family, from Minnetrista. She lived in Delano for a brief time in her childhood, and graduated from Delano High School.

She went on to college at Carlson Travel Academy, and got a job in downtown Minneapolis as a corporal travel agent. Then she had her first child, daughter Athena, with her husband, Wes, so she quit her job to take care of her daughter.

Pogue moved again to Delano three years ago with Wes and Athena, and now they also have an almost 2-year-old son, Will.

After their son was born, Pogue was ready to get back into the business world. She started her bead business by opening a small bead store in Rockford.

“My husband told me to take one of my hobbies and turn it into a business,” Pogue said.

When a new building was being constructed in downtown Delano, Pogue saw the advantage, and leased a part of it for her business.

“It’s nice to come to Delano because I live here,” Pogue said.

She closed her shop in Rockford last June, expecting to be moved into her new location in July, but the building wasn’t finished.

She stored some supplies in a trailer, and when her scrapbook supplies came, stored them in her house. The building was finished in August, she moved in, and The Bead Cellar was ready to open.

“It was an extremely smooth transition working with the city,” Pogue said.

The Bead Cellar offers a great selection for bead and scrapbook materials.

“We have everything that goes with those things,” Pogue said.

Along with the materials, they also have birthday parties, classes, group events, and open scrapbooking nights.

Birthday parties are catered to three different age groups, with different projects for each.

For 4-year olds, there is bracelet stretch magic; ages six and up make memory wire bracelets; and 10 and up make bracelets on wire, learning how to clasp.

Classes take place Thursdays, once or twice a month, and on most Saturdays. Pogue provides classes for beading and scrapbooking. Classes change monthly, but consist of bead technique, beginning earring, and threading; and for scrapbooks, ornament tins, metals, and scrapbook pages.

“Come in and sign up,” she said. “We never repeat the same class.”

Upcoming events for The Bead Cellar include a trick-or-treat day all day on Halloween, a bead and scrapbook class Saturday, Nov. 4, and an open house Tuesday, Nov. 21, with 20 percent discount being offered on all purchases that day.

For more information, visit The Bead Cellar at 203 Bridge Ave., or call (763) 972-6022.

The Bead Cellar is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.

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