2006-01-05 / News

Purple Door moves again, but only two doors down

Purple Door owner Deb Goyette has announced that she is moving her popular bead and jewelry store, yet again, though this time it is only two doors down from her current location.

“I feel funny telling everyone I’m moving again,” said Goyette, who moved to her current location at East Ferry only this past summer. “But the location became available. It’s much larger so customers will have more room to move around the store, and I’m adding a large work area so that customers can come in and make their jewelry on-site with tools they may not have at home and with the guidance of our employees who are all very talented jewelry makers,” she said. In addition to the added space, Goyette has plans to purchase a kiln and expand the classes that are taught by her employees to include working with Precious Metal Clay, a silver-based clay that when fired becomes a sterling silver solid object.

“It’s really fun to work with, and with the kiln in the store, people will have the opportunity to make rings, beads, pendants, and anything else they can think of and have it fired right here in the store,” Goyette said.

The store will also offer expanded classes such as lady’s night out and classes for younger jewelry-makers.

“It’s a great hobby for anyone to learn,” she said. “The materials are relatively inexpensive, and it’s very easy to learn the basics of beading.”

But right now Goyette is focused on moving the hundreds of thousands of beads as well as jewelry and other merchandise to the new location.

“I just did all this last summer so I’m getting pretty good at moving,” she said, laughing.

The Purple Door sells a wide variety of beads and findings, unique beads from various countries like Thailand and Peru, handmade glass beads by Goyette, handmade designer jewelry made by local artisans, and offers classes in jewelry-making. For more information, call the Purple Door at 423-1231 or visit the store at 47 Conanicus Ave., at East Ferry in Jamestown.

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