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*Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, limited staffing, and increased orders, processing times may take an extra 1-2 days. Also, the United States Postal Service (USPS) is experiencing increased shipping times as well. Please allow an additional 2-4 days once your order has been transferred to the USPS.*


Dear PotomacBeads Community,


We wanted to give you a quick update on what's happening here at PotomacBeads during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Over 50% of our staff is working from home; in customer service, packaging, inventory control, and marketing roles. They are there for you!
  • The warehouse is still open and shipping. We keep a staff of fewer than 10 people of all times and have integrated rotating shifts in order to keep person-to-person contact at a minimum.
  • The essential workers needed to pick your orders are following a strict cleaning regimen and using disinfectants to wipe down surfaces, trays, packages, and phones at regular intervals.
  • We have instated a policy that if anyone is not feeling well, or has cared for a loved one who is unwell, they stay home for the required 14 days, or until they are cleared to return to work by a medical professional.


We plan to stay operational throughout this crisis. We feel it is imperative to get you the supplies you need to keep your jewelry making up and running as we know many of you depend on this for your own personal income. We also want to keep all hobbyists well-stocked as many of you have nothing but time on your hands.

Also, we are adding more live streaming to our schedule as a way to keep you contacted socially while practicing social distancing. Allie or Bridgette will be live on Facebook at 1 p.m. EST on Tuesdays, live on Twitch 1 p.m. EST Thursdays, and our Better Beader episodes will now be live on YouTube or
Facebook (look for announcements on Facebook for which platform) Saturdays at 10 a.m EST. We also host a Facebook group for Beading and Jewelry Making that is a great way to show what is on your bead mat currently, to ask the advice of fellow beaders, and make new friends.

The rate of infection is low in Washington County, Maryland - where we are located - and we are doing our part to keep it that way. You can order with confidence from PotomacBeads.

Stay sane, stay healthy and stay safe my dear friends,


Nathan and Allie Buchman, co-founders of PotomacBeads.com


*Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, limited staffing, and increased orders, processing times may take an extra 1-2 days. Also, the United States Postal Service (USPS) is experiencing increased shipping times as well. Please allow an additional 2-4 days once your order has been transferred to the USPS.*