1937 W. Division, (773)276-2323, beadniks.com [ratings]
Goods: Exotic necklaces and earrings of all materials, reasonably priced. Designers: All the jewelry is handcrafted by the owners and staff. Owners: Mary Tokarz and Lauryn Keenan opened up the shop to showcase their handmade pieces and provide a crafting resource for the community. Vibe: friendly and educational, just like you remember art class—there’s even an organic section! The crowd is mainly female, looking for a wild accessory or a cache of candy-colored beads. Price Range: Moderate. The Look: Hand-dipped incense, Czech glass, batik beads, ivory mammoth tusk jewelry, ojime beads and more. Pick up a bohemian, wooden-looped necklace or a chic, looped, mesh-gold strand. Shopper’s Perks: Private party options and workshops abound here. Ask the owners about the Tuesday night crash-course, birthday and bridal party options.
UPDATED OCTOBER 2009