BELFAST — Even in these challenging times, entrepreneurs will press ahead and make things happen. In Belfast, a few new businesses have opened despite the uncertain retail environment, and Julz Makes is one of these, according to a Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce news release.
Occupying the end spot on the Beaver Street Courtyard row below Belfast’s Opera House, the new sewing and needle crafts store is seeking to serve a need around sewing and knitting supplies, featuring Maine-based Done Roving Yarns, and lessons on technique while making the most of today’s methods and sewing machines. The shop faces the Beaver Street parking lot so customers can be sure to get a spot, said the Chamber.
In-person and ZOOM lessons have begun at the shop. Owner Julie Larrabee is assisted in the store by her mother, Janet McKenney, who is also contributing craft items she makes, such as masks for these COVID times!. Daughter Cassie often helps out, making the business a real family affair.
“I have always been a maker, from learning crochet while in grade school, through sewing, quilting, machine embroidery, managing and teaching sewing, to learning to knit, spin, and basic jewelry making,” said Julie. “Being creative is what has been my escape. After years of working in the corporate world, everything has fallen into place to allow her to pursue her love of crafting, sharing and teaching with others.
She continued, “I am honored and excited to serve the area, and look forward to meeting new faces, making new friends and sparking creativity for the fiber arts!”