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Dragonfly Beads to open new store in Caz

Dragonfly Beads will be taking flight, and opening a new location in Cazenovia. The bead store will move its Manlius store to 53 Albany St. in Cazenovia, and open on April 1. Owner Erin Meharg, a Cazenovia native, believes the store will be a great fit with the chic shops and restaurants in town.

"We wanted to be in an area where there was more pedestrian traffic, upscale shopping and dining opportunities with a real sense of community; and Cazenovia was ideal," said Meharg.

The store has been located in Manlius since May of 2005, but Meharg felt that it was time to move the operation. "I graduated from Cazenovia High School, have family and friends in Cazenovia. This is home for me," she said. "It makes sense to have that support surrounding my business."

The new location will open with a large trunk show, featuring a vendor from the Southwest and beads from around the world.

"This is a trunk show like no other" Meharg said. She reports that it will be like having "a second store within the store." High quality turquoise, emerald, ruby, sapphire, chalcedony and pearls will be available, as well as many more beads ranging from $5 to $1000.

Meharg likens it to the annual two-week bead show in Tucson, Az. "You can really stock up at this show. It's like bringing the best of the Tucson Gem Show to Cazenovia. There's something for everyone, for every budget," she said.

Meharg is excited to bring her own jewelry designs and innovative classes to this creative college town. She creates jewelry with, and teaches classes on, medium called "metal clay".

Finely powdered pure silver particles are mixed with water and a starch binder, forming a clay-like material. This "moldable metal" can be worked like any clay; it can be sculpted, carved or used to build hollow forms; after it dries, it can be filed, cut or drilled before firing. It is truly an art jewelry designer's dream material.

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