SUN PHOTO/LOUISE BOLGER
Left to right, Pam Wall, Fran Jensen and Chloe
Lee, of Chloe's Bead Shop, have moved to a new
By Louise Bolger
sun staff writer
If you think therapy can only be dispensed while
lying prone and paying $300 an hour, then you haven't
met Chloe Lee and her partners. Lee, Pam Wall and
Fran Jensen own Chloe's Bead Shop on Manatee Avenue
East. They recently moved to this larger and more
accessible location from their popular Village Of
The Arts shop and have made some innovative changes.
The walls of the large and inviting shop are lined
with all types of beads, beading accessories, books
on beads and beaded jewelry available for sale.
Chloe's also offers beading classes several times
a week. Thursday night is open beading where you
can bring your own beads or purchase some from the
shop and basically hang out, be comfortable and
share techniques with other beaders.
Since opening the new shop, they also offer yarns
by Sally Castor of Floss's Yarns, who soon plans
on offering knitting classes as well.
Lee and Wall both came from corporate business backgrounds
and met through their children. Lee was already
designing and making jewelry and was ready to expand
and market her work. It didn't take Wall long to
get hooked on beads, and before they knew it, they
were in their first shop. Along came Fran Jensen.
While recovering from an illness, she found working
on beads was therapeutic and something she could
easily do. Jensen became a fixture at the shop and
turned out to be the inspiration to expand and relocate.
Chole's Beads carries semi precious stones, Czech
and vintage glass beads, seed beads, pearls, organic
beads such as wood, shell and mother of pearl and
trade beads some of them Africian that are used
as wedding beads. Lee calls beading "fashion
forward jewelry." Don't think of beaded jewelry
as something your five-year-old brings home from
They will help you through the bead maze and teach
you how to give interest, texture and depth to your
jewelry designs. Lee says her customers are amazed
at what they can accomplish and describes Chloe's
Beads as a "kinder gentler bead shop."
Private beading parties can be arranged at the shop
for a girl's night out or other event. Chloe's also
offers a volume discount program and gift certificates.
You can get started for as little as $15 for the
materials and $30 for a class with some supplies.
If you're looking for a way to unwind and refocus,
forget Freud and go for the Zen at Chloe's Bead
Shop. You'll save money and leave with some really