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A little history of Caravan Beads


Caravan Beads began life in March 1991 on the sun porch of Barry and Jean Kahn’s house. Started by Jean Kahn and Carolyn Mitchell, the initial goal of the business was to enable its founders to buy beads and findings at wholesale prices while sharing their enjoyment of making beaded jewelry. The orginal ‘store’ was […]

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Kiva Micro-Lending


Helping others: Kiva and micro-lending In June 2006 I read an article in Business Week Magazine about Kiva, a non-profit set up to make it easy for people in the developed world to make micro loans to citizens in developing countries. As a former Peace Corps Volunteer (Senegal, 1970-73), I was impressed with what they […]

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Contests at Caravan Beads


Our first contest was titled The First International Miyuki Delica Challenge. The contest theme was the sea. At that time we’d been importing and distributing Delicas for about four years. After the judging, we spent several months creating and publishing a book, The Sea, to share the best contest entries. It’s still in print and […]

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Juanita Finger


My current fascination with beading began quite accidentally in 1991 after breaking a pair of beaded earrings. My humble initial efforts at jewelry repair have evolved. After attending a bead show that featured almost no jewelry, I recognized a void and became interested in creating Indian style jewelry, beaded sculptures, and tapestries. This has led […]

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Bead Crazy


Bead Crazy is the only full-service bead store in northern Vermont. Customer service is their priority, and their motto is “Instruction is Always Available”. They have tables for customers to use when they are working on projects and learning new techniques. In the store there are strands of Semi-Precious stones, Czech glass, freshwater pearls, glass […]

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