Sew Many Treasures wins award10/02/08

Oct. 2, 2008

By Tim Simard

Observer staff

It’s history in the making for Williston Village.


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Williston Historical Society members (from left) Chris Steward and Dr. John Stokes present June Bugbee, owner of Sew Many Treasures owner, a plaque for making renovations to her store in Williston Village. The plaque was given on Sept. 13.

Sew Many Treasures, a specialty fabric store located in the village’s Historic District, recently received an award for its work in completing structural renovations in recent years.

Owners June and Bob Bugbee transformed the former one-story building, which used to house a gas station, into a two-story structure.

Terry Macaig, president of the Williston Historical Society, said town officials were impressed at the Bugbees’ renovations and thought they deserved formal recognition. Macaig said the society agreed to create an award.

“This was given as a ‘job well done,’” said Macaig, who is also chairman of the Selectboard.

June Bugbee said she was “pleasantly surprised” by the honor.

“(Town officials) felt we were the first group to come in and do a total rehabilitation in the historic district and listen to them,” Bugbee said. “The honor was that they actually acknowledged that we adhered to their standards.”

The award ceremony took place on Saturday, Sept. 13 at the Isham Farm.

The Bugbees purchased the space about 10 years ago, Bugbee said, and it was used to house their son’s fireplace store, Heating Alternatives. After he moved his store to Jericho, the Bugbees began working with the town’s planning department on renovations three years ago.

Bugbee said she worked with the Development Review Board and the Historical and Architectural Advisory Committee in deciding the best ways to design the renovations in keeping with what was appropriate for the Village Historic District.

The Williston Historical Society was also a big help in the project, Bugbee said.

“It was a great collaboration,” Bugbee said. “The historical society was very open to what we wanted to do.”

Besides offering sewing equipment and fabrics for home decorating projects, Sew Many Treasures also creates specialty quilts and other fabric designs for clients.

“We build with fabric the way other people just build,” Bugbee said.

The Bugbees’ fully renovated the front of the shop to suit their needs for the store, but also did much more. The new second floor holds a two-bedroom apartment.

Part of the property includes an old carriage barn, which the Bugbees also transformed into a two-bedroom apartment, complete with a fireplace.

Macaig said the Bugbees’ hard work was just what the town was looking for in terms of historic preservation and design within the village district. He said it was possible that a similar award would be given out on a yearly basis.

“It’s certainly a model for people