Author Archive for Amanda Paffrath

Kid’s Creative Camps This Summer At Funky Hannah’s

Posted on May 5th, 2018 in Bead Camp by |

This camp is a favorite for so many families!  We’re only offering two session this summer so act now if you’d like to register your child, grandchild, or special kid in your life!  Each day brings a different project they will love — and you’ll love the results!  Call us soon to register. 262-634-6088

Downtown Racine Art Walk This Saturday!

Posted on April 18th, 2018 in Uncategorized by |

Visit Funky Hannah’s Saturday from 4-8pm during the Downtown Racine Art Walk (DRAW) & watch Tracy and Joann create in the flame making glass beads and torch fired copper enamel pendants.  Learn from these two accomplished artists & watch how they transform glass and copper into lovely components for jewelry. 

Enjoy a perfect walking tour to eleven different galleries, museums, artist studios & shops during
the Downtown Racine Art Walk.   There is so many cool  things to see & do…. then dine at one of the many amazing restaurants in our neighborhood!
Click below for more info on each venue on the Art Walk!

Pop Up Bead Boutique in Door Co!

Posted on April 18th, 2018 in Uncategorized by |

Funky Hannah’s is taking a road trip to Door County April 26th-29th for a weekend retreat we are hosting at The Settlement Courtyard Inn & Lavender Spa in Fish Creek.  For two days we’ll have a BEAD BOUTIQUE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC in a room at the Inn right off the lobby. 

Friday April 27th & Saturday April 28th 10am-4pm

Be sure to stop in and see the latest in our fabulous selection of seed beads, shaped & two hole Czech beads, chain, charms plus new kits and loads of inspiration!  Don’t miss our loot in your neck of the woods!

First Friday Kicks Off Friday Night!

Posted on April 5th, 2018 in Uncategorized by |

First Friday’s® Downtown Racine Kicks off it’s 2018 Season April 6th with New Sponsors, New Events and New Fun
Celebrate a beautiful night Downtown during Racine’s First (of 2018) First Friday April 6th, from 4- 9pm!

Socialize with friends and neighbors as you enjoy shopping, adult beverages and a stroll through the historic Downtown city streets. Join all the First Friday’s Sponsor business owners as they welcome you to shop local, dine & discover the best Racine has to offer: Downtown! Come early & stay late! Downtown Racine has been a shopping destination since 1860.

Sparkle up your springtime wardrobe with accessories from Funky Hannah’s!. Choose from handcrafted jewelry from their on staff designers or be inspired to create something yourself. Spring classes are offered for adults as well as birthday parties for children. Stop in and find out why Funky Hannah’s has been a favorite shop downtown for more than twenty years!

Don’t miss the fun at Hot Shop Glass – our sister business-, 239 Wisconsin Avenue, as owners & artisans Dan Sviland & Amanda Paffrath turn 2000o molten glass into art right before your eyes. Come and be mesmerized by the process, heat and dynamics of working with liquid glass. See the latest creations in the gallery and pick up info about upcoming classes.

And your last chance to see the PEEP exhibit at RAM is this weekend & it’s free admission all day & eve Friday!!!

Visitors enjoy free RAM (Racine Art Museum) admission and extended hours from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm on Friday, April 6. The art made with fluffy, sugar-coated marshmallow PEEPS gets more creative every spring in the popular RAM 9th Annual International PEEPS Art Exhibition. At the same time, RAM releases the beasts of contemporary craft in the multi-media exhibition, Beasts: Wild Animals in RAM’s Collection. Meanwhile, Polymer Art: Recent Acquisitions tells the story of how RAM established the world’s largest polymer collection in 2011 and spotlights pieces that have been donated to the museum since then. Contemporary artists express themselves through the power of the written wordin Text Message: Words and Letters in Contemporary Art. And, Japanese Studio Craft at RAM is an exploration of small-scale craft from artists with Japanese heritage. Beer and wine will beavailable for purchase, 5:30 to 8:30 pm.



Here are even more of the happenings the friendly merchants have in store for you April 6:

Join us at Northern Lights Gallery, 423 Main Street for First Friday on April 6th. New in for 2018: boutique fashion, home accents, wall art, jewelry, and more unique finds you won’t see anywhere else. Beat your cabin fever and stop in to say hi! We’re known for our friendly and welcoming atmosphere and we’d love to see your smiling faces!

Uncorkt, 240 Main Street, is the place to be on First Friday, April 6th. Our drink specials begin

at 4:00 pm. with glasses of wine, only $5, and the lowest priced craft beer in Racine. Starting

at 6:00 pm. until 10:00 pm. we have a FAN favorite the Gary T. Ricchio Project. Uncorkt also

has free wine sampling from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Come see why Uncorkt won the 2015, 2016 and

2017 the BEST WINE STORE in Racine County!

Check out our selection of new Opal jewelry at red moon, 334 Main Street. To help celebrate the

return of First Fridays, we are offering a free Lavish Jewelry Cleaning Kit with any Opal purchase

as well as a 5% discount on all purchases.

DIVINO GELATO, 245 Main Street, will be hosting an Open Mic Night from 6 PM – 9PM

The popular NANO BUG RACES will be held at Dover Flag & Map, 323 Main Street. Be sure to

stop in to cheer your favorite color BUG to victory on the winding track. Bring your friends and

you may be the lucky winner of . . . Famous Amos Cookies! Say the secret word (Springtime)

and receive 15% off of your entire purchase.

Racine Arts Council’s ArtSpace Gallery (409 Sixth Street) will feature Emergency Room, a Color-Coded Art Exhibition. Emergency Room artists Catherine Cajandig (IL), Judith Jones (MI), Deanna Krueger (IL), Erik R. Peterson (IL), Mimi Peterson (WI), and Daniel Teafoe (IL) present a fluid collection of works that boldly fuels the idea that color is perpetually transformative.

At Art Metals Studio, 332 Main Street, test your Gem knowledge by playing “Know Your Bling”!!! In honor of April’s Birthstone, Diamond, AMS is holding another gemstone guessing contest. Stop

in the store on April 6th, from 10am – 9pm, and try your hand at Diamond identification! Guess

which stone is Diamond from the contest tray to be entered into a drawing for a super-sparkly

AMS Diamond pendant! Guess wrong? AMS’s knowledgeable staff will be there to educate you

on how to tell the difference in the future. One guess per customer. The winner of the drawing will

be announced on Saturday, April 7th. Shine on!!! See you there!

Lighthouse Gallery & Gifts, 306 Main Street, welcomes April 2018 First Friday with clearance

pricing on fashion jewelry (some exclusions apply). Our exclusive photo jigsaw puzzles will be

20% off only for this First Friday. Get a head start on Mother’s Day and order your custom photo

tin at a special price!

Enhance your shopping experience by listening to soft rock rhythm and blues and Timeless

favorites by solo singer guitarist Bob Treml 6 to 9 p.m. at Dimples. From necklaces to rings to

bracelets, you can cross off everything on your jewelry list at Dimples Fine Imports, 416 Main


Stop on in at RG Natural Babies, 430 Main Street, and get ready for Spring Gardening Fun with

your little ones! Plus, 20% off Lifeactory Water Bottle, Wine glasses and beverage glasses all

Made in the USA!



Twice Baked Pottery (320 Main Street) looks forward to the return of first Fridays for 2018! Wedding

season is approaching! Now’s the time to pick up those wedding and shower gifts for all of your friends

and family. Now featuring new products including travel mugs and microwave bacon cookers. We look

forward to seeing you soon!



Other First Friday’s sponsoring merchants include: Artful Glass Objects (232 Main Street), Main Street General Store (302 Main Street), Sugar Shack Sweet Shoppe (530 Monument Sq.), and Photographic Design Gallery & Framing (411 Sixth Street.)

Spend an evening with friends and family enjoying downtown: the BEST of Racine. Visit our website ( for information about the latest happenings, in store specials and links to your favorite spots downtown.


Tony Bigonia
First Friday’s® is a Registered Trademark of First Friday’s, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Visit us at the Madison Bead Show March 24th & 25th!

Posted on March 22nd, 2018 in Uncategorized by |

It’s one of our favorite shows in one of our favorite cities!  Don’t miss it!  We are loading up the truck with seed beads, all the crazy cool new Czech beads, crystals, charms, chain, metal components, kits and more.  Road trip to see us and all of your favorite vendors under one roof!  Look forward to seeing you this weekend.  It’s a show worth coming to!

And don’t worry, we’ve swiped a lot of stuff, but Funky’s is open all weekend too!

Click here for all the show details.

March & April Class Fun Starts Here!

Posted on February 27th, 2018 in Classes, Uncategorized by |

We have a stellar line up of classes for March & April!  Great new classes, old favorites and perfect options for new and experienced jewelry makers!  Be sure to check out Joann’s new Crackle Enamel Pendant and fabulous designs by Erika Sandor taught by Amanda!  We’ll keep your create juices flowing this spring!

Click on the link below for the pdf of the class list!

march april 18 class list

NEW BEADS – Just in!

Posted on December 1st, 2017 in Uncategorized by |

Our last Free Friday class was such a hit — The Fanfare Pendant – we’ve restocked all those great CzechMate beads used in the project.  Check out the more than a dozen new colors of quadratiles and triangles!

Plus have you seen the new 1/4 Tilas?  The Miyuki team was across from our booth at Bead and Button and we watched with delight everyones reaction to this new size tila!  It’s now released and guess what?  Yep.  We have EVERY color!  Stop in and check them out!

Downtown Racine Holiday Open House!

Posted on December 1st, 2017 in Uncategorized by |

Join us December 9th from 10am-5pm for a fun day full of holiday cheer!  At Funky’s you’ll find EVERY pair of earrings on sale for $14.  Pick up some great already made jewelry for friends or family if you don’t have the time (or hate wireworking!)  Plus our elves have been busy baking holiday treats….making all of our families favorite holiday cookies for you to taste!  We’ll even have copies of the recipes for you to take home if you are inspired!  Don’t forget a gift certificate from Funky Hannah’s is a sweet gift for you or someone you love!

And…venture to our sister business Hot Shop Glass and meet Mrs Claus!  Santa’s sweetie will be at our studio all day greeting children (and adults!) and we’ll have $10 blown glass ornaments…perfect for kids to purchase and give as gifts to teachers or parents!

First Friday Tonight! We are open til 9pm!

Posted on December 1st, 2017 in Uncategorized by |

You love downtown.  You need to shop for the holidays.  And tonight every store you love downtown is open til 9pm!

At Funky’s we will inspire you this First Friday with some quick, easy and affordable gift making ideas for the whole family!  Stop & see what fun we’ve created this holiday season!  We have a beautiful selection of affordable ready made jewelry ready to gift, including kits for kids!  Great for stocking stuffers, along with a Funky Hannah’s gift certificate!

Visit our sister business just around the corner at Hot Shop Glass, 239 Wisconsin Ave, warm up and get cool holiday gifts all in one spot!  Watch as local artisans turn 2000º molten glass into art right before your eyes from 4-8:30pm.  Shop our gallery and pick up a $45 Explore Glass Workshop Gift Certificate for someone special on your list.  We have a lovely selection of gifts under $50!

And don’t forget about the beautiful museum store at the Racine Art Museum!  Stop in and see the 75th anniversary exhibit too….admission is always free on First Friday!

Downtown Racine Art Walk this Saturday!

Pop Up Makers Market At Funky’s! November 18th from 3-7 explore the art scene in downtown Racine!

Joellen Fritchen -Too Good To Bead True

Leayn Tabili – Anthelion Jewelry

Michelle Ulinski – Cool Stuff

   One night only.   Meet the artists.  Buy stuff.






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