More than 20 years ago, jewelry designer Cynthia Deis began selling her pieces made with buttons, antique copper chain and hand-dyed ribbons from the kitchen of her Raleigh home. That small business eventually became Ornamentea, a beloved Glenwood South shop that opened in 1999 selling handmade accessories and the beads, ribbons, wires and other materials to make them.
This month, the shop will close its doors.
Deis announced the closing in a blog post earlier this year, stating plans to shut the doors at 6 p.m. Feb. 20 to prepare for a closeout sale that will begin at 10 a.m. Feb. 24. The store will sell all remaining inventory – beads, tools, supplies, etc. – along with the furniture and décor.
There will be trunk shows featuring works by some of the store’s longtime vendors, and all the classes scheduled through March will continue as planned. The store’s website will continue to operate under the ownership of a group that focuses on craft-related retail sites.
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The decision was a difficult one for Deis, who decided it was time to make a change.
“As the owner, I’ve been on the sales floor much of that time; it was one of the duties I didn’t want to delegate as it gave me so much joy,” said Deis. “My creative work has been Ornamentea. It has been like putting on a play or hosting a fabulous party. We are closing now because I’ve decided to put my creative energies towards new endeavors.”
One of the new creative endeavors that Deis and Tracey Johnson, Ornamentea’s purchasing manager, will be working on is an expansion of the popular Pop-Up Sunday vintage markets that have been held monthly in the store’s parking lot since 2013. The market will expand to a larger location at Trophy Brewing Company on Maywood Avenue to accommodate growing interest, and the name will change to Pop-Up Raleigh, starting in April. (Follow developments at popupsunday.com.)
“About halfway through 2015, it became obvious that Pop-Up Sunday’s growth had surpassed our little corner lot on West Street,” said Johnson. “We needed a bigger space to make room for more vintage, more art and more community. When Cynthia and I started this pop-up vintage market thing in 2013, we had tons of ideas, but very little time to bring them to fruition. With less on our plates, imagine how great Pop-Up Raleigh can be.”
In the meantime, Deis will say goodbye to the little bead store and the community it built.
“Since we announced the closing, I have been completely floored by the customers and past staff who’ve shared their love for Ornamentea,” said Deis. “Because I spent so long doing something I loved, it really didn’t occur to me how much others loved it, too. I’ve been humbled by the number of working jewelry artists and designers who credit our shop with their beginning. I cry tears of joy every day.”
Fine Feathers boutique in Chapel Hill hosts a trunk show of formalwear from Marisa Baratelli, Thursday through Saturday. The show includes silk taffeta cocktail dresses and separates in an array of colors and styles. For details, call 919-942-3151.
The workshop series at Durham’s Indio boutique continues this week with a family-friendly weaving class with artist and designer Erica Kane Fink, 2-5 p.m. Sunday. Parents and children ages 5 and older can learn the art of weaving fabric on a loom, and will get to take a loom home for future projects. The fee is $50 per pair and includes a snack. To register, visit indiodurham.com/workshops.
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