2008 Archive

HEADLINE: Temporary Update Freeze
November 2008 The webmaster at GuideToBeadwork.com is taking his first real vacation in over ten years from Nov 19 through Dec 4. I will be out of town, away from my computers and unable to implement updates and additions that come in during that period until the backlog is processed ASAP after Dec 4. My sister-in-law is getting married. Thank you for your understanding and patience.
HEADLINE: Four Year Price Freeze Lifted
September 2008 GuideToBeadwork.com’s 100% optional basic yearly sponsorship fee will rise from $36 to $40 in 2009. The fee was introduced in 2004 so has not risen in over four years. The Blue Pages were entirely free for the ten years prior to that. GuideToBeadwork.com appreciates the one in thirty stores that ‘get it’ and support our work. Please go out of your way to visit the stores featuring a star next to their name and let them know where you found them. Oh, and buy lots of stuff! Thanks in advance.

NOTICE: As a thank you to all our listees, stores may purchase up to three (additional) years of sponsorship ($108) between now and Dec 31, 2008 in order to extend $36 pricing the maximum possible.

HEADLINE: Technical Difficulties
July 2008 The computers used to maintain this website have been experiencing technical difficulties for most of July. The website itself is working fine (no problems with ISP) but email communications as well as updates and additions have been at a standstill. Apologies to store owners and visitors alike. Most updates and additions are normally processed within a few days, but things have been stalled for most of July. Some problems were recently resolved and some of the backlog has been processed but new problems have arisen.

All reports and newsletters will be a little late this month. If repairs are successful as scheduled (a big if), we should be caught up by Aug 15. After that, if you submitted a form before Aug 1st and have received no response, it is appropriate to inquire again after checking here where current updates will be posted.

Also, please check your listing before inquiring. Your update or addition may already be processed and posted even though you haven’t heard back from us yet. Thank you everyone for your patience.

HEADLINE: England: Bead Store Explosion Crosses the Atlantic
March 2008 Well, so much for my global warming theories. The icecap in Greenland is receding but still firmly in place with apparently no new bead stores springing up there. Sigh… Instead the phenomenon has made a right turn and leapt across the Atlantic Ocean. The United Kingdom has become the first area outside North America to exceed 100 stores. As a result, it is receiving its own City Index in the same format as California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Washington and Ontario Canada. These retail store listing (Blue) pages get pretty large and unwieldy when they have so many listings.

The United Kingdom City Index is already posted. We hope you enjoy this new City Index addition and that it improves your ‘finding a bead store’ experience.

The ‘by Store Name’ and ‘by Zip Code’ pages remain unchanged and you can even navigate to the old ‘by City’ page, but the only links to it are on the ‘by Store’ and ‘by Zip’ pages.

HEADLINE: Ontario CA: Bead Store Explosion Crosses the Border
February 2008 There is now more evidence for the correlation between global warming and a rise in the numbers of bead stores. (Fact: Michigan was the last area to exceed 100 bead stores and it was Illinois before that) There seems to be a definite pattern. Based on my extensive research, I predict that next, the ice cap on Greenland will melt and hundreds of new bead stores will spring up there in its place. Only time will tell…

Ontario exceeded 100 stores recently. As a result, it is receiving its own City Index in the same format as California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, New York and Washington. These retail store listing (Blue) pages get pretty large and unwieldy when they have so many listings.

The Ontario City Index is already posted. We hope you enjoy this new City Index addition and that it improves your ‘finding a bead store’ experience.

The ‘by Store Name’ and ‘by Zip Code’ pages remain unchanged and you can even navigate to the old ‘by City’ page, but the only links to it are on the ‘by Store’ and ‘by Zip’ pages.