Even though 41 Trading Post liquidated business Dec. 5 of last year, Natashia Burrell, granddaughter of the original owners, Glen Moore and Sandy Baker-Moore, has rolled the business over into a new name - More Beads & Things - in the same location selling the same products, beads and crafts supplies, Yosemite National Park souvenirs and Native American Artifacts.
“This is a business that has been around almost 40 years, and people were really sad and disappointed when they heard we were liquidating,” Burrell said, “but I want them to know we’re still here.”
When Burrell’s grandfather died five years ago, a partnership was formed between Burrell, her grandmother and uncle, Chris Moore. However, with such a high overhead and a decrease in sales over time, the three decided to liquidate the business and dissolve the partnership.
Today the majority of the 41 Trading Post building is rented out to Bandit Town owner, Jen McMillan, who is using the space to sell Bandit brand clothing, vintage cowboy boots and Pendletons.
Burrell shares her space with Annette and Joe’s Place (owned by Annette and Joe Wilson), which opened 18 months ago, selling Montana West handbags, sterling silver jewelry, home decor, backpacks, outdoor items, blingy hats and military caps.
A grand opening for More Beads & Things and Annette’s and Joe’s will be held noon to close, Jan. 27. Refreshments will be served and raffle tickets for $1 each will be sold for four prizes. The first bead class will debut, with sign ups for February. Down the road, Dreamcatcher classes will also be offered.
“After I took the liquidation sign down, everyone thought we were closed for good,” Burrell said. “That’s why we’re having the grand opening, to let everyone know we’re still here, just a little smaller and a little different. This is really a good combination. We all share the overhead and we all want to make it together.”
“We hope locals come out and shop local,” added Wilson. “We sell a little bit of everything here and need their support to keep our shops open.”
Lemoore resident Rhonda Garfield was spending her morning shopping for beads to create medallions and rosettes. She has made the trip to Oakhurst for 15 years to shop (and visit family in the area).
“The inventory is large here, and there aren’t too many bead shops for bead workers,” Garfield said. “I prefer to see the beads, not shop online, and they have always had what I’m looking for.”
Burrell, married to Robert, has two children, Oakhurst Elementary School student Ryder, 7, and Jackson, 3 & 1/2. The Wilsons have three grown children and four grandchildren.
Both More Beads & Things and Annette’s and Joe’s are open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., everyday but Mondays, located at 40598 Highway 41 in Oakhurst, (559) 683-6116.