photo 4As soon as I walked into AVP Jewelry and Beads, my eyes lit up.

So many colors and textures, all organized neatly along the walls and in little containers on every counter. This was clearly going to be a fun class.

I checked in with the teacher, Alex Agudo, who handed me a tray to organize all my beads. They were going to be tough to narrow down, which is why Alex allows for 30-minutes of editing before he begins the instructional portion of the class.

Although I had about four ideas rolling around in my head, I knew I’d have to pair it down so my mala would look cohesive… not like a hot mess.

I decided on wood, lava, brass, and marigold for my ‘look’.

photo 4Alex is a natural teacher with patience for days and an upbeat personality. With over 11 years of jewelry making and teaching, he gave clear instruction, individual attention, and made the process of learning something new fun and easy.

I left with my mala that I’m in love with and I already have ideas about what I’ll make next time I visit AVP. That’s another thing that’s great about AVP, once you’ve taken a class and know what you’re doing, they allow you to use their workshop and tools to create on your own.

In addition to creating an inclusive community atmosphere, it’s clear that Alex and the team at AVP know their beads and have perfected their technique. With over 29 years of combined experience, they’re jewelry and bead experts and I had a blast.

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To sign up for the next Make Your Very Own Mala class, click here.

To view all of the classes Alex teaches, click here. 


Dabble Drop-In: Tips For Mala-Making Class

Come to this class with… the yogi in your life, your yoga teacher, your meditation pal, or come solo.

Use this class to… unleash your creative side. It’s amazing how being in a bead shop can make you feel like a kid in a candy store!

You’d be surprised that… so many beads could fit into this delightful little store! Everywhere I looked there were more and more intriguing strands of beads to look through. photo 3

Come prepared with… extra cash to spend on your beads. Since how you want your mala to look and feel is up to your creative whims, you’ll be able to choose materials within your budget, or splurge on something fancy that catches your eye.

Appropriate hashtag… #HollaForYourMala #OmShanti

What to do in the area… grab some tasty eats at Chicken Works and Salad Company, warm up with a hot tea or coffee at Java Thai, stop by Shorkran a hidden gem serving Moroccan food with five-star taste, or stop by the historic Abbey Pub and catch some live music.