Now it was time to see our friends Claude and Penny. We met these two wonderful people through mutual friends.
|Claude and Penny|
In the past they did not have a storefront and sold their jewelry online and through specialty stores. They said they're enjoying meeting customers face to face now.
We had a tour of their new store, where they also assemble the jewelry.
C'mon inside! Let's take a look at what they do. Their glass beads are their own design, hand-made by artisans in Venice and Murano, Italy. The process is described below.
|Penny at front counter.|
|Beads for one design of necklace.|
|Bead design board.|
|Necklace, bracelet, earring sets.|
You can check out their website for more designs. Beautiful stuff. Bob bought a pair of earrings for me. He is such a romantic sweetheart.
When we finished the tour, Claude, Bob and I walked around Troutdale and looked in some storefronts and I took photos of some flowers braving the chilly temperatures.
|Troutdale General Store.|
Once the store was closed up for the night, off we went to McMenamin's Edgefield to the Powerhouse BrewPub for dinner. All of us enjoyed a brewski, except Bob who had a rootbeer. Dinner was very good.
After dinner, we were invited to Claude and Penny's 5th wheel for a tour and chocolate brownie ice cream. They have two big, fluffy black Persians--adorable. We had a lovely evening and have invited them to visit us in San Antonio when they have a chance.
Thank you Claude and Penny for a fine evening.
Travel Bug out.