Juneberry Cottage to open in downtown Evart

EVART — After years of debate and waiting, June-Marie Essner is finally turning her love of fabric arts into a business.

Juneberry Cottage is expected to open on Tuesday, June 3, in downtown Evart, and feature a selection of products and services for quilters, sewers and lovers of fabric arts.

"I've always enjoyed sewing and loved going to fabric stores," Essner said. "I've always wanted one of my own."

The dream almost became reality years ago, but she decided to wait until her children were finished or near finished with school. Now that the time is right, the business opportunity is beginning.

Located at 147 N. Main St., Juneberry Cottage will offer a selection of fabric, thread and tools and more. In addition, a scissor sharpening and sewing machine repair service will be available, as well as simple locally made and natural gift items and a small selection of consignments.

"I love helping people get excited about a skill," Essner said. "Just getting together, learning and being creative — I like that."

Among her many entrepreneurial plans, Essner and Juneberry Cottage will be one of many shops participating in the Michigan Row by Row Experience, which is a free opportunity for quilters to "hop and shop" at each store from July 1 through Aug. 1 and receive a free quilt row pattern. Collected rows can be made into a quilt, and the first person to bring a finished quilt using at least eight different rows in to a participating quilt shop receives 25 fat quarters.

"I thought joining the Row by Row Experience was a great way to connect with other shops and quilters and let them know I'm here," Essner said. "I'm really looking forward to seeing the people it brings in."

Essner plans to host crochet, sewing and quilting classes in the future, and hopes lovers of fabric arts will stop in, share their experiences and come to her for advice or help with their projects.

"I want to provide a place customers feel comfortable spending time and where they can get the supplies they need without having to travel so far," Essner said. "I'm looking forward to seeing the processes people use and what they make."

Juneberry Cottage will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, call (231) 734-5863, visit juneberrycottage.com or find it on Facebook.