Bead Stores

The Bead Shop
621 Johnson Street
p: 250 480 1496, f: 250 480 1497
Good variety, not as good at Beadworld, though. Sometimes the staff is rather moody, and not terribly friendly. They kind of cater more to the 'hemp' crowd. But they are open till 7, which is a bonus!! Walking distance to Beadworld, so you can go back and forth comparison shopping.
Lower Courtyard, Market Square (between Government and Store, Fisgard and Pandora)
63 - 560 Johnson Street
p: 250 386 5534
hours: open 7 days a week
Victoria's biggest bead store. Good selection, lots of everything. Delicas, Czech seeds, very good selection of pearls and gemstones. No website. Staff is friendly and helpful... most of the time!
Beads and Wire
Inside New Directions Hair Inc.
#103 - 300 Gorge Road West
p: 250 920 3523
hours: Mon-Fri 10-5:30, Sat 10-5
This is probably the smallest bead store in Victoria, but the owner, Franca, has a very good selection, with what could be the best prices in town! This store is inside her hair salon... truly a hobby out of control! This is also the only bead store in town that offers classes. This is where Marie teaches! Staff is very friendly!
Cathay Gallery
540 Fisgard Street
p: 604 780 0755 / 250 383 9208
A Chinese gift store with a small collection of jade and sandalwood beads (and finished jewelry) as well as simple knotted cord necklace findings to wear and display a focal bead. Just upstairs from Beadworld.
532 Fisgard Street
p: 250 391 8960, f: 250 391 8961
hours: Mon-Sun 10:30-6
A bubble tea, furniture, clothing and bead store, but they do have a fairly good selection of unique beads. Mostly Czech, and some charms. Not much in the way of supplies and such, but well worth a visit.
Secret Village
A funky little bead shop with a fairly eclectic selection of generally ethnic beads and an average selection of beading supplies. Prices vary as to the mood of the owner who usually throws in a small number of free beads (usually it's easy to see why they are free...).
Warning: This is a cash or cheque only establishment, no credit or debit card facilities.
1033 Fort Street
p: 250 475 2632, f: 250 475 2631
In the antique district, this ethnic interior decorating store also has a selection of collectible/art jewelry and beads (mostly semi-precious and silver).

Jewelry and Lapidary Supply Stores

The Rockhound Shop
777 Cloverdale Ave
p: 250 475 2080, f: 250 475 2083
hours: Tue-Sat 9:30-5:30
Family owned, extremely friendly and helpful. They have a limited selection of high quality silver and gold findings and gemstone beads. Very good selection of wire work tools. The only place in town to get a wide variety of sterling wire. Great selection of jewelery making books, as well of back issues of Lapidary Journal.

Button Stores

Button & Needlework Boutique
102 - 561 Johnson Street
p/f: 250 384 8781, toll free: 877 384 8781
A nice needlework store that also carries a good selection of buttons. This is the first and only place I've heard of that carries a finding for buttons that facilitates their use as a pendant.

Lampworked Bead Supply Stores

Non-Standard Supply Stores

Canadian Tire (National Chain store)
Beaders have long haunted fishing tackle stores for supplies and even more since Fireline has been reported as one of the best stringing materials around. You can get it many places, but Canadian Tire has it as well as Spider Wire (that you might want to try as well). Don't forget to pickup some cheap pliers, wire cutters, and glue while you're there...

Book Stores