Watching Julie of Fairbanks Fancy Goods hand sew the lace on this wedding gown was mesmerizing. There is so much skill and attention to detail that goes into working with fabrics like these. As she sewed, Julie and I chatted about Natick. We realized connections that we had through Natick, including her daughter being my daughter’s substitute teacher that day :). This session is a perfect example of why I love doing these small business spotlights. I got to learn about Fairbanks Fancy Goods and connect with a fellow Natick Mom business owner.
What brought you to opening Fairbanks Fancy Goods in Natick?
My business grew out of our dining room when my now 18 and 20 year old children were babies. When I was ready for the ‘next step’ in the evolution of Fairbanks Fancy Goods, it just made good sense to keep my business in the town where I’ve lived for nearly 30 years.
What is something that makes your business special?
I specialize in difficult fabrics, like lace and exacting skills, like beadwork. With my training in fine hand sewing and couture techniques, my clients can be certain that I have the abilities, talent and artistry necessary for one of the most important garments of their lives.
What might people not know about you or your business that you would want them to know?
I’ve collected vintage clothing, textiles, buttons and sewing tools since was a teenage. I have a cherished stash of hard to find fabric, trims, beads and other delights that I love to use on my clients’ projects whenever needed.
What is something you love about Natick or your favorite spot in Natick?
I love the history of Natick, especially Natick Center. My business is in the Clark’s Block, re- built in 1874 after the Great Fire. Our home was built in 1899. There’s so much history around every corner!
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