Beads of Marin owner Batel Libes has decided to sell her shop at 8 Locust Ave., hoping to find a buyer that will keep the venerable shop in Mill Valley for years to come. Libes says that after running Beads of Marin for 16 of the 24 years that it has existed, she’s ready to retire.

“Enjoy your life while you can,” she says. 

Beads of Marin has a long and storied history in Mill Valley. According to the Mill Valley Historical Society, the space itself was once home to Brothers Tavern, widely known as “The Brothers,” and acclaimed for its, well, colorful history. Libes says people still stop into her shop once a week to share juicy stories about the old days in the space.

In 2002, Libes needed to buy beads for a lariat she was designing and decided to check out Beads of Marin, which had been on Locust since 1994 and was well known for its large collection of quality beads. A “Store for Sale” sign on the front window got her attention, and Libes took the leap of a lifetime: she bought the store and never looked back.

Libes says the shop has a “most eclectic” collection of beads, including glass, wood, horn, bone, stone, coral, turquoise, pearls and more. Specializing in high-end gems, the shop carries more than 80 chains in sterling silver and 60 in gold fill, along with over 40 base metal chains.

“We serve the beading community with honesty and integrity, offering a place for all to come and be welcomed, learn and create in a friendly environment that is supportive and encourages creativity,” Libes says.

Libes says she plans to close Beads of Marin if she is unable to find a buyer by May 31. 


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