FREWSBURG - A pair of businesses joining together has brought back a Frewsburg jewelry store.
The Bead Shack, 2 Lafayette St., Frewsburg, will be hosting a grand reopening Saturday, April 21, with contest drawings for merchandise and lessons on how to make jewelry. Also, there will be food and refreshments for customers.
The Bead Shack, which used to be located along Main Street in Frewsburg, has returned to its new location because two businesses have joined together. Lori Mascelli, The Bead Shack owner, has teamed with the owners of Bobbles & Bangles to reopen the store in her home. Mother and daughter Phyllis Caloren and Charity Carris, Bobbles & Bangles owners, have joined with Mrs. Mascelli to also be co-owners of The Bead Shack.
Mrs. Mascelli said because of surgeries on her back, she was not able to operate The Bead Shack full-time when it was located along Main Street. However, now with new partners and the store being located at her home, she will be able to reopen the business.
''I kept making jewelry after surgery. It was like therapy,'' she said. ''Now at home, opening the store will be more convenient. When no one is in the store I will be able to rest at home. I'm looking forward to people stopping in. I really missed interacting with them.''
Ms. Caloren said she knew when she met Mrs. Mascelli that teaming up to operate the business, along with her daughter, was the right decision.
''Instinctively, I just knew right away. Sometimes you just know someone right away, and that is how it was for us,'' she said. ''I just knew I wanted to work with (Mrs. Mascelli).''
The Bead Shack has fine, hand-crafted jewelry, novelty scarves, semi-precious stones and Czech glass beads.
''It is one-of-a-kind jewelry that you can't find anywhere else,'' Mrs. Mascelli said. ''It is a challenge to do something unique. I love that people like what we make.''
The Bead Shack owners also offer jewelry making classes, with private or group sessions available for the beginners or for those with more experience.
Ms. Caloren said she learned how to make jewelry with her daughter.
''It is great bonding time with my daughter,'' she said.
The Bead Shack is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, call 499-8231 or 386-2321.