Often called the second city of O‘ahu, Kapolei continues to welcome more and more businesses from big name national chains to smaller locally owned mom-and-pop shops, as well as supermarkets and cafés. Pretty much everything you need—trendy fashions, groceries, snacks, home necessities or gift items—can be found in this growing community.
BEAD IT! at Kapolei Marketplace is a true gem. Inside you’ll find a huge selection of beads, including Swarovski crystals, and other jewelry making supplies. Plus, a friendly staff, who are skilled and ready to help you create the jewelry of your dreams.
“What’s popular right now are bangles with shells on them, so our fusing and saudering classes are really popular,” says store manager Kathi Palmer. “Also popular are mala bracelets and wire wrap bracelets. We have recycled Indonesian glass in oceany, beachy colors that work great in bracelets or earrings. Our shells are always popular, as well as beach glass, coral and mother-of-pearl with the honu and pineapple design.”
Locally owned and operated, Bead It! opened its first store in Kaimuki in 1992. Owners Jill and Brendan Barry take great pride in their business, providing quality products, including many they’ve hand selected from around the world. The couple initially started their company as a way to spend more time with their growing family, but also quickly built a growing following of jewelry making enthusiasts. They eventually expanded to Kailua, and then to Kapolei in May 2006.
“Once you come in, you become a friend of Bead It!,” says Palmer. “We’re very family-oriented. There’s a spot for kids to play. You can come in, relax and find out what’s new. And if you’re unfamiliar with something but want to pick out beads and maybe make a simple earring, we can help you build something (with a service fee).”
The store also hosts trunk shows and offers a variety of jewelry making classes for all levels of experience. Most classes are two to three hours, and participants receive a 20 percent discount they can use in the store for 30 days. Basic classes start at around $40 and include instruction and materials. Advanced, more extensive classes can go up to six hours, and range from $40 to $100, depending on additional materials needed. A new fall schedule is expected to be released in September. For a class listing, visit www.ibeads.com.
“We have a classroom that can hold six to seven people, so the classes are small, and people have become friends from meeting in class,” notes Palmer. “We’ve also seen people who were bored, decided to take a class, fell in love with it and now are making and selling jewelry.”
While the full-service beading store has been well-received by area residents, Palmer says they also get a lot of regular visitors who stay in Ko Olina or on the North Shore.
“The entire staff here, we’re all excited and crazy about beads,” adds Palmer. “Everyone’s very talented, and we just like people to be happy when they come here. It’s their little club house for them to come, feel comfortable, ask questions and learn things.”
BEAD IT! | 590 Farrington Hwy. 674-1192 | WWW.IBEADS.COM
After working nearly three decades in other people’s bakeries, Herbert DeAguiar decided it was time to open his own shop. So, instead of retiring, he chose to continue his passion and in February 2012 opened CUPCAKE AND THINGS in Kapolei.
Here, you’ll find an extensive menu of more than 37 varieties available every day. Its most popular is the Chocolate Chantilly, followed by the Banana Chantilly, Lilikoi and Guava. Some of the more unique flavors include Maple Bacon, Piña Colada, Nutella, Pistachio, Lemon Blueberry, Strawberry Lemonade, Orange Dream, Tiramisu, Pumpkin and Green Tea. Each cupcake is $2.79, or you can mix-and-match a four-pack for $10.99, six-pack for $15.49 or 12-pack for $29.99.
“Our favorites with the kids are the Cookies N Cream, Peanut Butter cupcakes and the Sundae cupcake with a cherry on top,” adds DeAguiar, a 1978 graduate of Damien Memorial School. “Our competitors, they do a lot of things geared toward grownups.
Our cupcakes are more geared for the kids and are family-oriented.
“Also, we make everything fresh daily and throughout the day.”
The “and Things” part of the store include cookies, donuts, snacks, cream pies, crust pies, fresh fruit tarts, pastries, single-serve desserts, decorated sheet cakes and more. They also specialize in custom cakes, wedding cakes and cupcake towers.
Before starting his own business, DeAguiar worked at Whole Foods for a few years, and at Safeway for 26 years, starting as a potwasher and working his way up through the ranks to baker and into management as the operations field manager in charge of all the Safeway bakeries in the state.
“I like doing what I do,” he says. “But, when you work with big corporations, they have a certain way of doing business. Now, I can do what I want to do and listen to my customers on what they want. I can customize things that other places cannot do.”
Cupcake and Things also offers island-wide delivery, as well as a 10-percent discount for military (active or retired). They also can create dairy-free, gluten-free or sugar-free cupcakes with a minimum order of a dozen, and two-days notice.
CUPCAKE AND THINGS | 885 KAMOKILA BLVD. (NEXT TO CHUN WAH KAM) 693-9932 | WWW.CUPCAKEANDTHINGSHAWAII.COM