Local shops: beads and Turkish delights


Got your pajamas on?

The popular multi-store Pajamarama sale is on Sunday morning, Dec. 8 from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm. Customers wearing pajamas get discounts at participating businesses in Takoma Park, MD and Takoma, DC. The annual event is organized by the local business association Main Street Takoma.

Here are two of them in our series of articles featuring Takoma Park businesses. See the first article here. And check out the Voice’s Holiday Local Shopping Guide.

S&A Beads


Homemade gifts are popular in Takoma Park. Do-it-yourselfers of all ages flock to S&A Beads where they can create their own jewelry. Picking beads and stones from the many bins customers can construct anything from a name- or charm-bracelet to a necklace of precious stones. The staff can assist.


Beads ready for stringing.

They feature all the materials needed for crafting beaded jewelry, ancient and antique beads, semi-precious and precious stones, and a selection of charms and bracelets. The shop also offers jewelry repair, jewelry design consultation, jewelry business consultation, custom made jewelry and beading classes. S&A also sells finished jewelry.


Some of the jewelry available at S&A.

“Make your own, or let us make it for you,” says owner Larry Silverman. The shop was established in 1989.

For the holidays they have beautiful ornaments, stocking stuffers, bead kits, winter hats and gloves, “Sock-it-to-Me” socks, Father Christmas figurines from Russia.


Ornaments at S&A Beads.

As well as participating in Pajamarama, S&A Beads will have an after-holiday sale.

S&A Beads is located at 6929 Laurel Ave. Takoma Park, MD
Hours: Mon-Fri 11am – 7pm, Sat 11am – 6pm, Sun. 10am – 5 pm. Open later Tueasdays and first 3 weeks of Dec.
301-891-2323, orders@beadstore.com
Website: wwww.beadstore.com
FB: www.facebook.com/Sandabeads
Instagram: www.instagram.com/s_and_a_beads
Pininterest: www.pinterest.com/sabeads/beadstore-com/

The Covered Market


Most of this shop’s wares (99% of them) are Turkish, and a vast majority are hand-crafted.

The exceptions are their hugely-popular paper stars from India, their thuya wood boxes from Morocco, and a selection of fine rugs from  Western Asia. Their Turkish wares include home decor items such as: mosaic lamps/chandeliers, kilim rugs, painted ceramic plates/bowls/wall hangings, evil eye protectors, pillowcases, etc..

They also have jewelry, copper, bronze, zamak necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and rings. In addition, they have clothing accessories- suzani boots, pashmina scarves, kilim bags/wallets/shoes.


Boots, tiles and rugs are just some of the mostly-Turkish offerings at The Covered Market.

Kilim items have appeal to recycling-minded Takomans. Kilim is a style of woven carpet. When the rugs wear out, the fabric is re-purposed. Many Covered Market items feature the bright, geometric-patterned kilim weave.

This holiday season they are offering a 50% off clearance on kilim and suzani slippers, as well as 60% off a selection of clearance hanging lamps.


Some examples of kilim items.

All their wares are appropriate for gifts, but during the holidays they carry solid-color paper stars in addition to the patterned ones. They make great holiday window accents as many have discovered. Paper stars hanging in windows or on porches have become a Takoma Park icon.

The Covered Market’s business manager Vaughn McCandlish offers 10% off to Voice readers who mention this article!

As mentioned above, the shop is one of those participating in the Pajamarama sale.

Covered Market is located at 7000-D Carroll Avenue, Takoma Park, MD 20912
Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-7pm, Sat & Sun 10am-6pm
Contact: 301-270-1219,info@thecoveredmarket.com
URL: www.thecoveredmarket.com

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Bill Brown
Bill Brown moved to Takoma Park in 1982. He has been involved in journalism in one way or another since he co-published an underground high-school newspaper in the late 1960s.

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