The first time I went to Silver Sparrow, I was tickled by the semi-precious stones, pearls, glass, wood and other specialty beads covering the store's shelves and tables. Owner Michele Underwood set me up with string and showed me how to measure for how many beads I'd need, and how to clamp on closures. Underwood sold her Duluth, Minn., store in September 2007 and saw the opportunity to move to Colorado, where she's always wanted to live. She says Minnesota winters are too extreme for her. Lucky us!