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Beads Inc.

339 Circle Ave., Charlotte, NC
Category: Shopping
Award: Best Free Crafting Classes
Year Won: 2015
Pick: Editor's Pick

Big windows flood two floors with light, and strings of beads sparkle within gilt frames on gray-green walls. Here, sisters Christine White and Anne Todd teach weekly classes on jewelry-making. For no charge you can learn simple skills, such as how to make a bracelet and earrings, or advanced techniques, such as silk knotting or assembling Czech glass into flowers. The sisters are patient and never pushy; on a recent visit, two children were making necklaces for a father/daughter dance. Free drinks are in the cooler behind the stairs.