New shop feeds the bead need

Maclelak's services have grown to include a beading workshop where participants create jewelry similar to designer pieces that cost five times as much. Typically, it takes only a few purchases before customers are full-blown beaders and walk her vast inventory with tallying sheets and trays, stocking up on beads.

"Beaders " we are very dedicated and very obsessed. We will go as far as we have to, to get what we want. But I want to go as close as I can," said Deborah Lumia, a friend of Maclelak's, fellow beader and part-time "beadkeeper" at Bumblebeads.

Maclelak's formula is one that will stand the test of time, she said. Whether it's providing finished jewelry, beaded accessories and supplies, it's a service to a growing group of enthusiasts, said Lumia, similar to bakeries or corner markets.

"I have started a following. People from the Ballston Spa and Saratoga areas have followed me here. Everyone that walks through the door is going to feel welcome," Maclelak said.

Bumble Beads is open Tuesday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays noon to 5 p.m. The store shares its space with Frivolous Cottage on Loudon Road located next to the Hoffman's Playland lot.""

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