Jeff and his wife Tanya also left the hi-tech industry and have worked for VenetianBeadShop.com since 2000. They, too, fell in love with the glass, the people and the islands and work with our bead makers and glassblowers. We refer to their new daughter Marcella as our little "Italian" baby. Marcella now accompanies us on buying trips, absolutely loves being in the furnaces and helping select beads. Her little brother Matteo also spends lots of time with us in the beadshop much like little kids in Venice.
Vincenzo (Vince) was born in Brescia, Italy. He is an avid car restorer, the older the better. Currently he is restoring a 1940s dump truck. He takes care of our store room and inventory. Naturally his Italian is perfect and he is a great help with technical questions. Vince doesn't consider any day started until we have our morning cappuccino and is often found at noon in our kitchen making pasta for us all. Vincenzo lives in Bresca Italy and teaches English, he still helps us when we need a "local" on the spot.
2006 We moved to a much larger facility. Our Wholesale Showroom houses not only our beads, but our large inventory of Murano glass such as our Murano Chandeliers, Venetian Vases, Murano Glass Lighting. We import a line of finished Venetian Jewelry and Corporate Gifts which are on display.
In 2007 Edith joined us and she is our best customer interface at shows. She's the first there and the last out the door. She says she joined the circus!
Fast Forward to 2009 and Venetian Bead Shop moves again. This time we double our space and still growing. Our customers are the best!
Wow, it is 2012 and we move again. This time the space is a bit smaller, but better organized. And we have screaming fast internet. It's a bit of a mystery how in the middle of Silicone Valley, it's impossible to get fast internet access. But being on the outskirts of the AMD plant (with their very own fiber) left us in a dead zone. Promises by every telecon company never materialized. So we found this great place, quiet little park, nearer our house and best of all in Santa Clara, one of our favorite cities in the bay area. Moving is traumatic, but we never missed one day of picking, packing and shipping. (This is a real point of pride with us as we know our customers need/want their beads.)