By Stephanie Choate
October 17th, 2013
After more than eight years of helping Vermont crafters, Williston sewing and quilting shop Sew Many Treasures is packing up its needles and thread.
Owner June Bugbee said she is retiring to spend more time with her children and grandchildren, who live in California and Vermont. It is the right time to close the shop, Bugbee said, but it’s bittersweet.
“We have so many well wishers,” Bugbee said. “So many people through the years that have become good friends.”
Longtime customer Claire Maguire of Essex, who had stopped by the store Friday morning, said she has been coming to the shop since it opened.
“I’m devastated,” she said. “It’s such a beautiful shop…. It’s brought a lot of people from all the different towns.”
Jane Laffal traveled from Berlin to stock up on fabric and supplies.
“This is worth the trip,” she said. “It’s like a candy store for fabric… and June is brilliant.”
Laffal said she just learned to sew in the summer, after taking a class at the shop.
“Now I’m an addict, and now they’re leaving me,” she said.
Bugbee said she will miss the steady stream of customers, as well as some of her longtime coworkers.
“Without a doubt, if I had to say what I will miss the most, it would be conversations,” she said. “I’ve had some unbelievable conversations.”
Bugbee said she will also miss helping out with interesting projects—like making opera house drapes, creating a sling for a three-legged dog and helping tailor a suit for a father of the bride who had recently lost weight.
“I’ve just had the pleasure of being able to create,” she said. “A lot of people don’t get that pleasure…. We’ve had a lot of fun jobs around here.”
Williston resident Angela Miller has worked part-time at Sew Many Treasures for seven years.
“It’s been a nice gathering spot for quilters and sewers,” she said.
Miller said she will miss the customers the most.
“Just catching up with everybody as they come by with what they’re working on,” she said. “There’s a lot of creative people in Williston and the surrounding communities, and we had a chance to meet with a lot of them.”
Bugbee and her family are in the process of selling the building to local residents, who are not yet ready to share their plans for the space.
“It’s sort of like passing on one’s child to another perfectly good set of keepers,” she said. “That’s one of the nice elements of this.”
The store’s last day is set for Oct. 30.
“It’s hard to say goodbye,” Bugbee said. “It’s basically been the people that have been the driving force behind all the enjoyment.”