Our name says it all – Creative Adventures. We bring you together with your favorite designers, and then take you to somewhere exotic where you can spend your days touring, your evenings creating, make new friends and get unprecedented access to the designer.
In addition to key tourist sites, we will take you behind the scenes to places like bead and silver factories, and provide personal shopping experiences that are not available to the general public.
Every business has a beginning. Our story began in 2005 when brand new bead store owner Lisa Busch bought her first beads from Czech bead importer Jon Kubricht at Da Beads Inc. But actually, the story is even older…
In 1990 at the age of 12 Jon was on a family vacation to the Southwest touring the Native American Reservations. Jon saw the various types of beaded and silver-worked jewelry and decided he would make a necklace and earrings for his mother and grandmother. His mom bought about $200 worth of beads in the Albuquerque bead store, Jon made a few pieces of jewelry and was hooked. As Jon made more jewelry, he eventually started selling it at garden and house walks, charity events and even at his church’s holiday events. In high school Jon’s close family friend moved to Bulgaria with his family and he located porcelain beads there which he shipped to Jon. That same year Jon traveled with his mother to Bali, Indonesia for three weeks during summer break and they bought silver beads, glass beads, antique beads, deer antler beads and finished jewelry. In 1992 Jon signed up for his first booth at the Tucson Gem and Mineral show and has been selling there ever since. In 1994 Jon added copper beads from India and then in 1998 make his first trip to the Czech Republic. Czech glass now makes up about 70% of the beads he imports but he also gets beads from China and Thailand as well. Jon’s bead buying trips have allowed him to fly well over 2,200,000 miles where has seen most of the manufacturing processes for every type of bead.
During her 9 years of bead store ownership, Lisa had the privilege of hosting many of the industry’s best bead artists, among them, Jill Wiseman, Amy Katz, Sherry Serafini and many more.
Meet the Team
Founder & CEO/CFO
In 2008 Jon led his first tour to the Czech Republic for a select group of bead store owners. Jon has personally led 4 store owner tours in the Czech Republic and recently partnered with Lisa Busch to do their first bead artist tour.
Founder, CEO & Adventure Director
In 2005 Lisa founded and opened 1 Stop Bead Shop in Dublin, Ohio. After a successful 9 year run, it was time to move on to new horizons. The store sold in 2014 and after getting certified as a Life Coach, Lisa took a part time position with a local tour company. Joining forces with Jon, they did their first collaboration tour with Jill Wiseman in September 2017. “I am looking forward to sharing with you all the wonderful places we have discovered.”
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