About Us

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Naturally Jennifer's Beads & Gallery is owned by Jennifer Riley-Akers. Jennifer brings a fresh energy and creative spirit to the shop. Jennifer was raised in the D.C. metropolitan area of the United States. She spent a significant time of her life living in Europe and traveling the world. During the last twenty years she has enjoyed living in California. Jennifer was exposed to a wide variety of ethnic creativity and color. All these experiences came together when she discovered her love for bead weaving. In 2006 she purchased an established bead store in San Luis Obispo, a quaint small town on the Central Coast of California and named it, 'Naturally Jennifer's Beads & Gallery’. Besides creating many wonderful works of art with beads, she spent about thirty years working in fiber-arts. Her wall tapestries are on display in the store, and her tie-dye is available for purchase. Jennifer's energy and passion for color is a great asset to the community. Jennifer and her husband and two cats live in San Luis Obispo.

Marina, a long-time friend, has been working with Jennifer since the store’s opening in 2006. Marina has been beading and doing bead crochet for many years. Wire-work is a growing interest of hers and she enjoys being helpful and is hard-working. Her parents are both artists and she has traveled extensively throughout the world. The mother of four and married to a wonderful Dutchman, she loves animals and has a dog, two cats, and chickens right now. There is never a dull moment at her house!

Our knowledgeable staff is ready to help you find exactly what you need.

We enjoy and invite you to come and sit at our purple table to bead, to get help with your project or to just chat!


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