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POLL: What's Exeter's Best Bead Shop?

Check out the first round of our small business tournament!

Let the games begin!

This is the first installment of – designed to highlight the best of Exeter's small business community.

First up? Bead shops!

Exeter's thriving downtown business district features multiple niche shops that sell beads, stones, and other jewelry.

For your consideration is and .

Tell us which one you love by voting in our poll below and leaving a comment. You can also write a review by clicking on our listings of and .

Voting will remain open until Friday at 9 a.m. We'll announce a winner that same day.

Are we missing any shops? Leave a suggestion for consideration.

Sean Cameron February 28, 2012 at 04:27 PM
ABC is easy as 123. ABC being All Beads Considered. You can literally walk in, pick out your beads, and within minutes, have your creation ready to go. Great environment, seemingly endless selection of beads, and excellent (down to earth) customer service. I don't think you can get any better than that!
Jason Claffey (Editor) February 28, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Looks like All Beads Considered has pulled into the lead. Remember, voting goes until Friday!
Linda Davies February 28, 2012 at 07:57 PM
I really like Santerre's Stone they have great quality in the materials they sell. They are always ready to help. I took my first beading class from them and have at it for 3 years now. They also have great wire working classes CMD
Sharon February 28, 2012 at 08:46 PM
I enjoy All Beads Considered - hip vibe and great displays. It really spurs my creativity....Kris provides wonderful customer service and as a designer has a great eye. I know they try hard to please and I always leave with something I love and am proud of.
David Montana February 28, 2012 at 09:04 PM
I love the ambiance in All Beads Considered.. The shop is quite small, cozy but has a lot to offer.. Julie Di Carlo who owns the shop is very knowledgeable in beads from all over the world. Try them out you will love it.
Chele Hauschildt February 28, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Santerre's Stones for sure. Excellent service no matter when I go in. He helped me make two rings (from scratch!) and just helped my daughter and friend come up with a cool craft project for her party. Pricing is perfect, but the service blows me away. I pick Santerre's..hands down
Lisa Mitchell February 28, 2012 at 09:47 PM
I was so excited to see this poll and have a chance to put my 2 cents in! I am the new instructor at All Beads Considered, and new to the area, and the welcome I got from Julie and Kris was unlike anywhere else. I moved from southern Vermont, where hurricane Irene devastated my town, leaving nothing untouched, and they have given me the chance to grow with them, letting me teach whatever I like, and work the classes around my schedule. I am very impressed with the feedback I have gotten from the customers both new and returning on their customer service and providing a child (and in some cases, Pet) friendly shop. I don't know many people in the area yet, so come say hello! Suggestions are always welcomed.
Dona Solmon February 29, 2012 at 01:23 AM
I love Santerre's. There is always something new in there and they are very helpful too! Neil is very helpful when i have questions for him... Stop in, you'll enjoy it too!
lee February 29, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Santerre's for sure!! The best for quality stone beads and the variety is awesome! They also have tons of metal, seedbeads, glass, crystals, wire, chain, and unique cabs for wire working that he has cut himself. He is also very patient when teaching a class and really wants you to understand the technique and have fun doing it. Santerre's has quality, variety, and the ability to give unique one of a kind stones, at great prices so why would I go any where else?
Shawna Keene February 29, 2012 at 04:42 AM
http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20110920-BIZ-109200333 This article sums up the heart and soul of EVERYONE who runs a business in Exeter! Thank you Ladies for making the town a better place...
Patricia Ring February 29, 2012 at 01:16 PM
I like Santerre's Stones'N Stuff; my sister told me about this gem of a shop just love it. It is worth my trip down from Maine to this wonderful shop.
Nicole McNeill February 29, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Santerre's! They are really helpful and don't just sell beads, they have a lot of variety and i always enjoy wandering into the store!
Kristine Meier February 29, 2012 at 03:00 PM
I love seeing the support both of our craft related shops are getting! Hands-on activities are such a vital part of any community and I am extremely happy/excited to see that the need and want for our shops to exist is validated here. Thank you to the many folks in Exeter and the surrounding communities that have voiced their support for our shops! We have just reached our two year birthday this month! We look forward to each day and the creativity you bring to us! Thank you again!
Thomas Hansford February 29, 2012 at 04:36 PM
This is a hard decision. Santerries has crystal skulls that are so fun to check out and other things to look at. But I have to say my favorite shop is All Beads. The reason is that I feel more comfortable in there with the kids when the wife sends me off shopping. These days for us it is all about the kids. So my vote goes with the bead shop.
Ashley Peek March 01, 2012 at 12:32 AM
i just got my liscence a couple of months ago and before that i could only walk places. most shops think i am up to something but the bead shop always treats me like i am welcome and treats me like i am a adult. thanks All Beads Considered!!!!!!!
Kim Daigneault March 01, 2012 at 04:04 AM
The girls at All Beads Considered taught me how to make earrings 1 year ago. They got me hooked. I recently took a class there with Lisa. Very homey feel to the store. Santerra's Stones has been a favorite shop of mine for years as I love minerals. Neil has taught me how to make rings and complete necklaces in a more professional manner. He also introduced me to Bead Bop which was super fun! Exeter is lucky to have both stores! I wish them all the best! Hard to pick which is my favorite, they are very different!
Jenn Thomas March 01, 2012 at 12:59 PM
All Beads Considered is handicapped accessible while Santerre's Stones 'N Stuff is not making All Beads Considered my choice.
Laura Bastianelli March 01, 2012 at 01:51 PM
I have been beading for about a year and love Santerre's Stones 'N Stuff. Neil & Deb have been great and very helpful. My sister in law and I enjoy taking an afternoon private lesson with Neil & Deb. It is great having that one on one attention and very relaxing. I'm not very good matching colors so I will shop only bead stores that help me pick out the beads. The great thing about Santerre's is that both Neil & Deb will give me a few options and then I can choose the combination I like best. I feel like a kid in the candy store. I have been to All Beads Considered and they now have a larger selection, but I have to say Santerre's is my favorite. Laura B.
Samantha broadhead March 01, 2012 at 03:23 PM
All beads has such a wide variety of things. They also have beautiful clothing accessories. The people there are so nice and very respectful and they show you how to make things. They are Definitly my top choice :)
Angel Smith March 01, 2012 at 03:26 PM
All Beads Considered is the best! Such a welcoming and inviting shop. Everything is beautifully arranged and accessible and Julie is right there to help you create something beautiful!!
cara March 01, 2012 at 03:28 PM
I love All Beads Considered. They do a great job at targeting all age groups and all of the associates are nice and personable. Associates there are always ready help and are very knowledgeable about making every sort of jewelry. Five stars! [:
Michelle Ann McCann Smith March 01, 2012 at 03:28 PM
All Beads Considered is one of the best bead shops I have visited. I am from NJ and was vacationing in Exeter last March. I came across this shop as I was walking to town with my Mom. I had just recently started beading and Julie was great. She gave me so many pointers and was so extremely helpful. My mother and I speant a couple hours in her store just talking about beading. Even from NJ, Julie makes it so easy to shop her store. I have nothing but great things to say about All Beads Considered and Julie and can not wait to visit her shop again this March.
Carrey McQueeny March 01, 2012 at 04:18 PM
A few months ago I was working on a wedding gift. As I was almost done I noticed that I would not have enough of a certain size. I live 3 hours away from the seacoast. There are no bead shops here. The local big stores did not have what I needed. I only travel down there 3 times a year. So I called the shops where I thought I may have bought the beads. The first shop told me that I had to bring them in and then they could help me. Then I called Julie and I was upset at this point. She asked me to mail her one bead and the package that it came from. A week later I received a package from her. In the package was the very beads that I needed! Also there was a note from Julie. The note explained that I had bought the beads in Greenland and she included a map so that I would know how to go from Greenland to her shop. Julie had driven to that other shop, purchased those beads and mailed them to me. The dedication to me as a customer can never be matched. I love you girls at All Beads... Thank you for saving my project.
Kristine Cottenmyre March 01, 2012 at 06:11 PM
All beads is my favorite store in Exeter!! Julie and Kris always makes you feel welcome! The shop has a great energy, you don't even have to be a beadier to enjoy the shop and all the beads and trinkits they have!! The girls always help me design jewelry pieces, they are so very creative!! Anytime I need " retail therapy" or a girl days I always find myself at the shop enjoying myself making a new piece of jewelry !!!
Lisa Sinon March 01, 2012 at 06:27 PM
We love All Beads Considered! Julie and her daughter are so helpful. They were very good with my 5 year old and geared her away from the more expensive beads. Esther helped her make a necklace that she loves. We had such a good time and looking at the huge assortment they had to offer and hearing about where all the beads came from. I would definitely recommend anyone to this store. We will definitely go back! Hopefully for a class!
Breanna Caires March 01, 2012 at 07:07 PM
All Beads Considered is the best bead shop I have been to in all of New England. My friends and I love the shop so much that we are happy to make the hour and a half trek from Massachusetts to create jewelry gifts for holidays, birthdays and many other occasions. At All Beads Considered the price is right. The great selection of beads are of supreme quality. And the service could not be better. Julie and Esther in particular make every trip to the shop very special and memorable. All Beads Considered is one of New Hamshire's hidden treasures. I am quite happy to have found it.
Jillian Kingsbury March 01, 2012 at 09:09 PM
All beads is an awesome bead store with a great selection and super customer service going above and beyond when you're in a pinch. Such a dedicated staff!
Jennifer Leonard March 01, 2012 at 10:45 PM
I love All Beads Considered! I had my first lesson with Lisa last Sunday and made 2 beaded beads with her. With her instruction I have been able to make more at home, and am very excited at how beautiful they are, and now I make them perfect. I can't wait to show the girls at the shop!
Madison Hamilton March 02, 2012 at 11:50 PM
All Beads Considered all the way! They have a great variety of beads, (always top quality might I add). They taught me how to make very intricate bracelets too... Not trying to attack Santerre's, because I love them too, but while Santerre's has limited items ranged for adult (with cash), All Beads Considered has beads with up to date style for teenagers as well as the classiest appearance for adults. Santerre's is more of a mineral store, and has a limited amount of beads, but if you are looking for "rocks that will knock your socks" Santerre's is where it's at. But like I said before, All Beads Considered has a great selection with TOP QUALITY; they always make sure they have the best for a very affordable price.
Sheryl Boisvert Brunelle March 07, 2012 at 01:07 AM
After seeing area bead shop owners shopping at "Santerres Stones", it only makes sense to me to make that MY bead store. The selection of stones and beads is extensive,very reasonable and they always seem to answer my questions, none too big or small. I was reading the comment above mine and not sure what the adult (with cash) means, but they do take credit cards and are very reasonable, just to clarify.

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