Artbeads.com is proud to celebrate our 10th anniversary as your trusted online source for high quality beads and jewelry supplies.
In our ten years we have developed a collection of more than 25,000 products ranging from beautiful Swarovski crystals and gemstone beads to hand-painted Russian pendants and unique pewter charms. But that's not all -- we have also created the Learning Center, which offers valuable instruction and inspiration to help you create your own memorable designs.
Artbeads.com Celebrates Ten Years on the Web
December 1999 seemed not to be the most opportune time to start a new business. Our son had just turned two and our daughter was due in March. Sixty-hour workweeks were now commonplace in order to fuel my financial services business, and Cynthia, like most moms, was burning the candle at both ends in order to keep everything running smoothly.
But we liked beads. I worked with glass, Cynthia began to develop an interest in making jewelry, and there was space in our garage for something new.
Reflecting our passion for beads, business and the worldwide web, Artbeads.com was formed at the end of 1999, and our first order was received in January 2000. Ten years later we can proudly say that we are one of the largest online bead and jewelry supply companies in the United States, serving hundreds of thousands of customers from all corners of the world. Our product line has continually expanded, and now shoppers can choose from more than 25,000 different items ranging from beads, findings, and tools to unique hand-painted pendants. Educating and inspiring jewelry makers and crafters is our Learning Center, where one can find free patterns and instructions for more than 600 pieces of jewelry, stay on top of fashion trends and watch how-to videos. Our blog and forum, as well as social media sites such as Facebook, provide a setting for members of the beading community to interact by sharing ideas, discussing projects and events and sometimes even have a good laugh.
The backdrop for all of this is our amazing family of more than 140 employees operating out of our 24,000-square-foot warehouse nestled in the woods about an hour from Seattle. Thanks to the combined effort of everyone, from fillers and customer service reps to photographers and copywriters, Artbeads.com in 2009 posted its tenth consecutive year of record sales.
Of course, all that has been accomplished could not have been possible without the enduring support of our customers, who have encouraged us with kind words, helped us to better ourselves with suggestions as well as criticisms and have been evangelists for the type of company that we endeavor to represent: one that provides a valued customer experience that starts with a click and encompasses but is not limited to the quality of our products, the courteousness of our staff and the ease and security of transactions. Above all else, our mantra is to be honest, ethical and to do what in our hearts we know is right. These are the guiding principles that we hope will carry us well into the new decade, and we sincerely hope that you will accompany us on this journey.
Devin I. Kimura, CEO & Strategist