Spotlight on Vendors - Part 3: Funky Hannah's
Even without the visual props she'd prepared that day, then left behind, Amanda Cosgrove Paffrath kept members enchanted and entertained for more than an hour as she shared her personal bead story along with the founding and operation of her Racine enterprise, Funky Hannah's. Trained and then employed in social work and psychology, she left the field after about eight years and opened her bead store in 1996. Now open for 20 years, Funky Hannah's filled a need right from the first day it was opened in November 1996. Paffrath believes her location between Chicago and Milwaukee has worked well because people will travel to find beading supplies. She has had many of the pre-eminent beaders teach at her store and shares their tips and hints with students in her classes. A glass-blower since high school, eleven years ago, she wrote a plan for a glass blowing shop which has now been in operation for ten years. Her businesses have been featured on the television show 'Discover Wisconsin' as well as John McGivern's show. Over the past five years she has organized 16 bead camps, something she had resisted initially. Paffrath closed her talk reminding members that the local bead stores cannot stay in business without our support.
Prior to the meeting, Cindy shared samples of the upcoming hands-on - 'How to Read Peyote Patterns'. After the meeting Joellen showed her newly finished purse and Judy won the drawing for goodies provided by Funky Hannah's.