THIS IS THE WAY: Fred Bryant helps his grandson Jordan during an origami class at Bryant’s Madison Street store. Forest Park Review archives photo by Josh Hawkins, Aug. 13, 2008.

Twenty years ago Frederick Bryant opened Accents by Fred at 7519 W. Madison St. in Forest Park. Bryant opened the shop with his wife, Ann Hanson, after he retired from American Eagle as director of Maintenance/Safety and Environmental Officer. A self-proclaimed walking advertisement adorned with knitted hats, beaded jewelry and colorful clothing, Fred has become a fixture on Madison Street. A multifaceted expressive artist, he has a reputation for experimenting and learning as he goes. He learned to knit by watching his mother and grandmother, has taught beadmaking, crafts jewelry from metals and other materials, and is always creating.

Jill Wagner