When Bardstown Road runs through the Highlands, it becomes thick with boutiques offering a wide variety of jewelry, clothes, and art in any conceivable style. One of the most uniquely designed and beautifully laid-out of the many stops for the boutique-hopper to make is Discoveries, which stocks any number of globally-focused, traditional style arts that anyone could find something to love. From the African tribal artifacts to the sugar skulls of Latin America’s Dios De los Muertos, there’s a ton of amazing selection, and the store itself is almost just as much a work of art as the items it contains.
One of the highlights of their inventory is the amazing bead box - it’s filled to the brim with great glass bits, carved bones, and the like (my personal favorite, and my reason for visiting was the small carved-bone skull beads). If you’re into beading, you could easily find some interesting items, but doubly so this coming weekend - a bead importer by the name of Ebrima Kabba will be coming to Discoveries with an amazing selection of items he imports himself directly from Africa.
Owner Donna Stone made note of the upcoming bead event when I was checking out with a handful of carved bone beads - “are you into beading?” she asked me - I’m not, actually. I have some alternative plans to use the beads for geocaching. The reason she asked, she told me, was because of next weekend’s event. She’s been having Kabba come for an annual weekend for years now - he tours the country going to various trade shows after a yearly trip to Africa to choose what he’s going to import for the year. “It’s like a bazaar in here,” Stone said, “he sets up huge sacks of beads all over the store.” Not only does he have a huge selection ranging from five dollars to over $300 a strand, but he sells them wholesale both days. “You’ll be paying the same prices that I do when he replenishes my supply,” she said. So, if you’re in the market for beads and you want items you won’t typically be able to find the rest of the year (and at wholesale prices!) then plan on attending. I’ll definitely be in the market for some more carved bone, and while you peruse you’ll have a chance to take in the great atmosphere that Discoveries has to offer.
The event is happening next weekend, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday the 24th, and from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday the 25th. Discoveries is located at 1315 Bardstown Road.