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Published March 4, 2016

The Party Is Over: Raleigh’s Own Ornamentea’s Final Farewell

Ornamentea is like a big, long party. “We’ve had almost seventeen years of fun and laughter and creativity.” Cynthia Deis

I couldn’t have said it any better myself. I’m not even sure where to start.

Cynthia Deis began her most recent blog post with a short personal tale, and a quip about the joys of hosting parties. How each and every occasion is unique in it’s own satisfyingly quirky way. No matter the people or the time, there is a moment that becomes “a stretch of time when the party is humming perfectly.” She then explains that feeling is wondrous but it simply doesn’t last. Eventually the party is over. Eventually your feet hurt and sleep takes hold.

My very first memory of Raleigh was one of the first trips I took with my step-mother Diana almost 10 years ago. We didn’t quite know each other at the time. We didn’t have much to say. Diana lived in Raleigh at the time and was taking me to visit some of her favorite places. Ornamentea was at the top of that list. I was dazzled as soon as I walked in the door.

At the time, I couldn’t remember the name, and it lived on in infamy as ‘The Bead Shop’ because no other could quite live up to that title. I have continued visiting ever since then to shop and create through those glass doors. And it’s all thanks to Cynthia.

Cynthia is the founder of Raleigh’s own Ornamentea, a local bead shop found on West Street downtown. Bright, beautiful, and lime green, this ‘gem’ of a shop is hard to miss. If you haven’t been, go now. Ornamentea is, unfortunately, closing. Not to a bitter end, nor a sad one. It’s just time for a new adventure. As Cynthia put it, “But now, today, my feet hurt and my mind is wandering. It’s time for this party to end.”

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Once a worn down warehouse, Ornamentea grew into the beloved bazaar it is now over many years. After a thick coat of paint, the implementation of the wonderful Vintage Pop-Up market, dozens of creative classes a week, and a steady stream of loyal customers, Ornamentea had transformed into a landmark in the City of Oaks.

It will be dearly missed near and far. Deis’s blog post announcing the close is full of heartfelt comments from customers and employees alike. The online store will stay open, but it will not be the same.

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It is thanks to Cynthia and the wonderful community she helped develop that I began to find new ways to express my creativity. I will always hold dear that memory of my step-mom and I grazing the wonder that Ornamentea had to offer. I am sad to see it go, but very encouraged to hear what Cynthia has in store next.

“What are you really going to do?,” Cynthia proposes in her blog.

I’m going to start by taking a good long time off. I’ll daydream, be creative, take long walks and relax. After that gets old, I’ll start the next party. If you want to make sure you don’t miss a thing, please follow me on social media and subscribe to my newsletter.

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  • Victoria Coleman


  • I am an aspiring Psychology professor with a passion for the arts. I also team with other authors as a photographer for Candid Slice. All my articles.

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