Kaleidoscope Shop

Jan and Bobby

Kaleidoscope Shop is not just a store - it's an experience! Featuring kaleidoscopes and other unique gifts, there is something for everyone to fit every price range, age and interest. Kaleidoscope Shop features kaleidoscopes from over 100 different artists, including artists from Japan, Germany, Australia and New Zealand, in addition to the many artists in the United States. Kaleidoscope Shop has an extensive selection of kaleidoscopes - maybe the largest of any brick and mortar store. No matter what you’re looking for, you'll find one that calls to you among their many unique kaleidoscopes. In addition to the many kaleidoscopes, Kaleidoscope Shop offers many unusual gifts: old fashioned games, puzzles, art objects, butterflies, candles, boxes, wind chimes, ornaments, toys, dolls and more. 

 

Owners Jan and Bobby Boal became fascinated with kaleidoscopes while running the Veranda Bed and Breakfast in Senoia, Georgia. When Cozy Baker visited their bed and breakfast in the 1980's she introduced them to kaleidoscopes. Cozy described their charming Victorian inn like this, “Kaleidoscopes are on display in every nook and corner of the foyer, sitting rooms, parlors, dining room and gift shop at the Veranda, a delightful bed and breakfast in Senoia Georgia. Antique scopes and contemporary models grace 
mantels and sideboards. Guest bedrooms are named for particular scopes they contain and tiny scopes replace candy each night as the bedtime pillar treat. It’s hard to say which is the most appetizing – the food or the scopes, but the combination is unbeatable”. Jan and Bobby began collecting kaleidoscopes both for themselves and for the Veranda gift shop. The Boals were charter members of the Brewster Kaleidoscope Society, founded by Cozy Baker, and the first meeting was held at the Veranda. Many other regional meetings of the society as well as birthday parties for Cozy and other "scope" artists and collectors were celebrated at the Veranda. At the May 1998 meeting of the society in Orlando, Florida, Cozy awarded the Veranda gift shop the first award presented to a dealer. The Boals created a scope, the "Sparkalei," and presented it at one of the annual BKS conventions. A version of the Sparkalei was the 2012 convention favor scope at the Atlanta convention (all the Boals’ extended family worked to hand-decorate over 150 scopes). That makes Jan and Bobby two of the few Brewster members who qualify for all 3 categories: collectors, retailers and artists. 


After they sold The Veranda and moved to Atlanta to be near their three children, Jan and Bobby opened Kaleidoscope Shop the weekend of September 22-24, 2006 to share their love of kaleidoscopes and other beautiful things with Atlanta. The new store kicked off with a grand opening celebration featuring over twenty artists and Brewster Society founder Cozy Baker. The Kaleidoscope Shop at Briarcliff Village is a natural extension of a work begun many years ago. Following some health issues for Jan in 2010, the day-to-day management of the shop has been passed on to daughters Ginger Jamieson and Emily Wert. Grandson-in-law Daniel Shey also works at the shop, so it is a family affair. 

 


The Boals said the following about their website, www.kaleidoscopeshop.com, “Using words to describe a kaleidoscope is a lot like trying to describe a painting or a song. It seems to lose something in the translation. All the same, as we get started we are going to try to provide a website with enough pictures and descriptions to help you choose a kaleidoscope to add to your own collection or as a gift for someone who would enjoy having a precious scope of their own, even if you cannot come by to touch it and look through it in person.” 

 

Jan retired from Georgia State University where he was a professor of mathematics. Jan and Bobby have three children, 10 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, and 2 grandchildren-in-law. 

 

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