Thursday, December 1, 2005

Sewing business in Oak Hill

Published in the Current

A Scarborough resident has moved her home-based business to the Oak Hill shopping center, and will open Dec. 5.

Bette Brunswick has run the Dancing Damsel, a custom sewing and alteration business, out of her home for about three years, and has been sewing personally and professional for 30 years.

Last week, she started moving her sewing machines into a space that has been home to several businesses in recent years, most recently the Golden Giraffe, which opened and closed almost simultaneously earlier this year.

Brunswick said she had anticipated making the move in the spring, but “spring came early this year,” and the heavy October rains caused water damage in a part of her home workspace, pushing her to make the move now.

With a degree in mechanical design, she creates her own patterns and designs for customers, as well as taking in alterations. Her location is near three drycleaners, which she expects to help business.

Much of her work is in bridal and home d├ęcor, a strong market recently, she said. Brunswick said she had also kept her eye out for space near Bosal Foam and Fabric, a fabric store in Dunstan.