I have been to many bead shops in the Pacific Northwest and I'm always on the lookout for something new and different.
I can highly recommend "Alexander's Bead Bazaar" in the Roosevelt District in Seattle, "Cargo" in the Pearl District in Portland, "The Bead Factory", too close to my home, and "Shipwreck Beads" at Exit 111 on Interstate 5 in Lacey Washington.
I have also shopped on-line at "Happy Mango Beads" and have visited the "Hands of the Hills", located in Mercer Island, Washington, at several beads shows.
You may want to check out these places. They all very inspiring! Couldn't I just give up working for the school district and "play" full time??