BELFAST – Even in these tough times, entrepreneurs are pushing ahead and making a difference. In Belfast, a few new businesses have opened despite the uncertain retail environment, and Julz Makes is one of them, according to a press release from the Belfast Region Chamber of Commerce.
Occupying the end of the row of Beaver Street courtyard below the Belfast Opera House, the new needlework and needlework craft store seeks to fill a need for sewing and knitting supplies, with Done Roving Yarns based in Maine, and technique lessons while making the most of today’s sewing methods and machines. The store faces the Beaver Street parking lot so customers can be sure they have a spot, the House said.
In-person and ZOOM classes have started at the store. Owner Julie Larrabee is assisted in the store by her mother, Janet McKenney, who also helps with the crafts she makes, such as masks for this COVID period !. Daughter Cassie often helps out, making the business a real family affair.
“I’ve always been a designer, from learning to crochet in grade school, sewing, quilting, machine embroidery, managing and teaching tailoring, to learning basic knitting, spinning and jewelry making, ”said Julie. “Being creative is what has been my escape. After years of working in the corporate world, everything has been put in place to allow him to continue his love of craftsmanship, sharing and teaching with others.
She continued, “I am honored and excited to serve the region and look forward to meeting new faces, making new friends, and stimulating creativity for the fiber arts!”