Getting a bead on retirement: Mana Beads is closing on June 23 |

Getting a bead on retirement: Mana Beads is closing on June 23

Sam Corey
Staff Writer
Nevada City's Mana Beads is scheduled to close toward the end of June.
Submitted photo


What: Mana Beads

Where: Suite A, 417 Broad Street, Nevada City

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday & Sunday

A road trip and promise of more time with family sparked a life-change for Bernadette Taplin.

The co-owner of Nevada City’s Mana Beads is closing the shop on June 23, and plans to hit the road with her soon-to-be retired husband.

“We’re just going to travel and enjoy our home, enjoy the kids, you know, the retirement kind of stuff,” said Taplin, who plans to take an RV around the California coast up to Seattle and eventually reach Canada and Alaska.

Taplin bought Mana Beads with her husband in January 2016 after the couple moved to the area from the Bay Area. The retired high school art teacher said she saw Mana Beads go up for sale, and jumped at a new career opportunity.

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“‘You think you can do it?’” Taplin’s husband asked her.

She and her husband expanded the store to be more oriented toward gift sales rather than just beads.

Taplin said she’s liked the fact that her business exposed her to the community, and the interesting people it comprises.

“Meeting members of the community is awesome. They come from all over the world to (see) Nevada City,” she said, including Israel, France and Germany. “It’s definitely been a people kind of job.”

With her husband’s retirement looming, Taplin said she’s been trying to sell Mana Beads for about six months, but never got any serious offers. Now she’s closing in late June.

Taplin said everything will be on sale, and whatever does not sell will probably be sold online via Etzy. Either way, by closing Taplin hopes to not have to deal with the rest of her merchandise.

“And then everything has to go,” she said.

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