Bead Trails proprietor, Karen Griggs is an exceptional entrepreneur who designed a successful business model that promotes both business and tourism in the Okanagan: Bead Trails received the Summerland Chamber of Commerce 2010 Tourism and Hospitality Excellence Award and the 2013 Retail Excellence Award.
Karen is an artist and jewelry designer who came up with the idea of creating a bead trail when she was asked to create custom pieces for local wineries. She consults with every business, artist and organization to come up with the perfect bead for their enterprise.
Affectionately known as the ‘bead lady’ Karen is a familiar face in the Okanagan as she visits the Bead Trail locations. Her by-line is ‘every bead has a story’ and the Bead Trail ethos honours the stories of the businesses on the trail, as well as the visitors who collect them.
Pictured here with Sid, the Bead Trail quail mascot, Karen is about to set off to deliver beads in the Okanagan.