Eureka! Beads Toomuc Valley Store
FIRE POLICY Please note that our Toomuc Valley store is closed on CODE RED & EXTREME Fire Danger days. This does not affect our Cheltenham store at all, but may affect the speed in which we get internet orders out to you (as we pack all of our orders from our Toomuc Valley store). We will advertise any closures on our website and on Facebook - if you're ever unsure if we are open on a particular day, please call us before coming out on (03) 5941 1671.
Eureka! Beads has now been running for over 25 years - we started out specialising in glass - leadlighting, glass blowing, carved glass art - and our shops reflect our progression in this medium. Whilst our emphasis is now on beading (predominantly glass beads), our shops feature many of our other beautiful creations. Visitors to our shops can find a huge range of glass beads, metal beads, an extensive range of findings needed to complete their projects, semi precious beads, magazines, pendants and more. Also on display are some of our glass creations - blown glass bowls, vases, paperweights, leadlight lamps, etched glasses and plates, and a range of completed jewellery. Above all, we have a team of friendly staff full of ideas, ready to give you a hand to choose out your beads and jewelry making products.
Window hangings overlooking the entrance to Eureka! Beads. Photo courtesy of Phil Morrison.
Both Mick and Annie O'Riley were drawn to glass as a medium from an early age. Mick started a business making art glass windows whilst living in Upper Beaconsfield in the 1970's. Annie started hunting semi precious stones with her family when she was only 4 years old. With the help of a friendly owner of a local jewelry shop she polished the stones and turned them into jewelry to sell at school fetes and market days. In the late 1960's glass beads became fashionable and she was found frequenting some of the wonderful bead shops in California and across the US. In the mid 1970's, Annie and Mick met and it was a match made in heaven when Annie immigrated to Australia and O'Riley Glassworks was born. Originally in Upper Beaconsfield, the O'Riley's eventually moved down to Toomuc Valley (near Pakenham) in the 1980's, and continued the business at their new location. Now known as Eureka! Beads, the business is focused on beads and jewellery making supplies. A few years ago we took the next step and opened a second store in Cheltenham. Our Cheltenham store features its own large range of beading supplies, all set out in an easy-to-shop manner. Open Monday to Saturday, both shops runs efficiently with the help of 10 friendly bead-loving staff.
Our vibrant selection of red beads. Photo courtesy of Phil Morrison
Why the name Eureka! Beads? Mick O'Riley, our bearded beader, is the great-great-grandchild of Elizabeth Emms Abbott who, according to family legend, was present at the Eureka Stockade. Elizabeth and her husband-to-be John sheltered behind a cabin trunk which was riddled with bullet holes. This lifesaving trunk was in the family possession until an unfortunate house fire in the 1930's. If you are interested in History you might enjoy the website Odd Australian History. Written by Annie O'Riley, it explores some of the more unusual characters of the Berwick Pakenham region of Victoria, where our flagship shop is situated.
Our Toomuc Valley Store is located just out of Pakenham, in South East Melbourne. An easy drive from Melbourne, with plenty of parking available. We are only 45 minutes south east of Melbourne - take the Monash Freeway towards Warragul, and take the Officer turn off. Continue on the highway (through all the traffic lights) until you reach the outskirts of Pakenham. Turn left on Toomuc Valley Road just before Pakenham. Eureka! Beads/The Glass Shoppe is 2 kilometres down on the right hand side.
This map shows Eureka! Beads (the pink pin) and other local business' in Toomuc Valley.
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For more things to do and see in the Toomuc Valley area, please visit the Toomuc Valley Tourist District website.
Situated only 1 kilometre from Southland, on the Nepean Highway, Eureka! Beads Cheltenham is sure to dazzle you, with our fabulous array of glass beads, findings, semi precious beads and more. Our huge showroom features over a thousand styles of glass beads, and a 25 metre wall of findings. Amongst the glass beads, you will be able to pick up inspiration from our selection of made-up necklaces, bracelets and earrings, or browse our collection of magazines and books for some new ideas. Visit www.eurekabeadsch.com.au to find out more!
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