Barb Gillespie, owner of Cherry Tree Quilts
in Summerland accredits the Bead Trail for bringing new customers into the store, ‘It’s a tremendous idea. We meet people from all over the world who come in to buy a bead. I especially love it when little girls bring their daddies in for a visit!’
Ulla Pedersen of the Osoyoos Desert Model Railroad said, ‘One mother-daughter team bought bracelets from us and one of them lived in Mexico. They could not wait to follow the Bead Trail here in Osoyoos and have fun collecting the beads, so the mother could have lasting wonderful memories of her holiday spent with her daughter here in town. They thought the concept was just so unique.’
Internationally renowned wildlife artist Terry Isaac, who is based in Naramata, explained, ‘Our experience with Bead Trails has been great. We are a small none wine related business and we need help getting people to stop just to look in our gallery. Sales of beads has definitely increased our overall sales and increased the number of people that know about us.’
Rhoda Brooks, Manager at the Historic Oliver Visitor Centre has also witnessed the benefits of the trail, It’s a modern version of a rummager hunt with Bling! It gets visitors dropping in to local businesses and promotes teamwork in the community and region.'