'Jill Smart is the new owner of Beluga Beads. Jill comes to the bead world from many years in the fashion arena, including management and buying stints with Donna Karan, Liz Claiborne, Marshall Fields, & the TJX Companies. While seeking to expand her Oregon City boutique, she happened upon the bead store in Depoe Bay....she liked it so much, she bought it! Though her prior jewelry experience is as a collector & a costume jewelry buyer for a national department store, she says: "Providing excellent service and really listening to the customers' needs is the most important thing to us...we want to make every trip to Beluga Beads enjoyable!'
David Gruber is the newest member of the team & is a co-owner...his background is in making wine & building houses, so he has always enjoyed making things. He's quickly becoming our go-to guy for wire-wrapping & also built our cool spool fixtures! Need repairs done? He's got his tools at the ready!