September 22th marked six months of Potomac
Beads Europe existence. I thought it would be appropriate to stop for a minute and think about what we have achieved
It seems unbelievable to me that in a few days it will be a year from the day I met Allie and Nathan for the first
time in Prague while they were on their “tour de
Europe“. I was a biology PhD student back then, but I wanted to leave the university and find a full-time job
when Nathan reached out to me with the plan of bringing Potomac Beads to Europe. The idea was to bring the
vast range of jewelry-making supplies that Potomac Beads offer to their European customers who wouldn’t have to pay
customs and expensive shipping on Potomac exclusive beads, crystals and other items while receiving customer service
and the rest of Potomac special features which made them so popular in the US.
You can imagine that after this meeting my life completely changed. I have been a beader for years, making and
selling my own jewellery, and suddenly there was an opportunity to do what I love as a job. It was scary and
exciting at the same time. I couldn’t be more thrilled for the launch, but there was a long way in front of us.
Setting up a company is never easy because of the amount of bureaucracy you need to overcome. It was twice as hard
for me being a biology student and beader while missing the necessary knowledge of a businesswoman. It took three
very challenging months before I could hold the official founding papers and keys to our warehouse in my hand. Now
when I think of it, I really try to not think about those difficult times
A lot of great things also happened during the three months too. I got engaged which established the fact that my
now-husband Pavel was willing to spend his life with me and a lot of beads at the same time. He supported and still
supports me immensely. He is the one who tubes and bags most of the beads, so I can send you orders, do videos,
write blogs (and come home to him at some reasonable hour ).
Plus he is our IT guy in addition to his other two jobs. As you can see, like Potomac Beads US, Potomac Beads EU has
become a family company.
Thanks to all of this, we also visited the United States last December, so I could see and train at Potomac Beads
Headquarters in Haggerstown, Maryland, and deliver the best service to you here in Europe as well! Allie and
Nathan took us to Washington D.C., a place I’ve never dreamt of seeing in my life, the same goes for the Potomac
Beads store which is a place of beaders’ dreams with great people working there.
When we got back, the clock started ticking since a huge container with Potomac Beads EU initial inventory and
warehouse equipment was sailing to Europe, to our warehouse-to-be, from which I still hadn’t got keys back then.
Nevertheless, after a number of sleepless nights for me, all ended up well: with the beads inside of our shop!
Pavel, my Dad and our friends helped us to unload everything and build slatwalls where their names are forever burnt
into one their columns to remember everyone who helped in this adventure.
Finally, on March 22nd 2018, we opened the online store to public and it hasn’t been closed since. Since then we
launched two new beads
RounDuo Mini, another one, EVA, will launch soon. The inventory got much much bigger, new items are coming in
every week. At the same we are trying to add specific items you would like to see on our site and create a lot of
content, so you would get inspired or learn something new every day. Like I do myself.
In the “personal section”, a lot of happened too. Pavel and I got married in June, postponing our honeymoon to “some
date” since I need to take of Potomac Beads EU now. We managed to squeeze in at least a trip to
Amsterdam you might have read about already.
Since I am rather a new member to Potomac Bead Family, I am trying to add my own touch to our creative content.
Making original videos for you is one way to use my knowledge and experience gathered throughout my beading years. I
am also trying to find new items you could enjoy and make your original jewelry from.
Looking back, it really has been a wild ride. Seeing what things are behind us, I am pretty sure great things are
yet to happen for Potomac Beads Europe. I hope you will join and be there with us on our beading journey!
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