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In October 2007, California native Erin Comyns opened this Boerum Hill bead shop, the first in New York City where crafters can make their own creations in store. The bright-yellow corner storefront has plenty of light and enough table space for beading parties of up to twelve. Customers can also take single-session classes in wire wrapping, crimping, and bead weaving. Comyns displays her own handcrafted jewelry alongside a wall full of semiprecious beads sorted by color. Sold individually or by the strand, the selection includes kid-friendly alphabet beads with big holes, glass beads, wood fillers, and charms. There's also a small assortment of Bead Bazaar kits for kids, and in the back are supplies like leather, elastic, colorful silk cords, and silver and gold findings. Crafters can even bring in their own beads and (for a fee) work on them with the store’s tools.