Napa, CA 94559
About BEADED NOMAD
The Beaded Nomad was established in 1994 by Bead collector and Bead Artist Peggy Owens Erridge when her collection outgrew her small home. Opening the Beaded Nomad was a way to continue to collect beads and world art and share them with others.
A beloved bead shop has returned to the downtown Napa street where it started more than eight years ago.
After a hiatus in Petaluma, The Beaded Nomad is back on First Street, now at the corner of Coombs in the storefront formerly occupied by Art on Fire at 1149 First.
"It’s great to be back in Napa. This is home for us,” said owner Peggy Owens-Erridge.
Peggy, along with help of her husband, Craig Erridge, started The Beaded Nomad in Napa in 1994, at Dwight Murray Plaza, where the once controversial Clock Tower stood.
The walls are lined with ethic masks, ritual tools, textiles and other artifacts.
But the dominant product in the store is beads — thousands and thousands of them.
The tables and shelves are cluttered with mini-bowls holding every color and shape of bead, each with a hole in it for stringing. There is also a seemingly endless assortment of gemstones.
The store also has all the supplies to meet even the most finicky beadcrafter.
“Many of the people who come into the store are bead collectors and those who want to make their own jewelry,” Peggy said.
Peggy buys direct from importers. Most of the beads come from the Czech Republic.