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ANOTHER LEGACY LIVES ON IN GARLAND TEXAS AT 103 NORTH SIXTH STREET IN GARLAND, TEXAS.

Today as I was out and about passing out posters advertising our maker block party event on November 3 at Richland College, Garland Campus, I thought about how many family members in Garland are continuing the legacy that was begun (often in a garage) by their parents and even grandparents.  After stopping by Gifford Spring and Garrett Metal Detectors—both of whom had their beginning in their founder’s garage, and are still managed by members of the family today—I stopped In at Bell’s Bernina in the bank building at the corner of Main and Sixth to meet Karen Rogers, daughter of the founder of this local Garland small business, Don Bell.

Karen will be representing Bell’s Bernina at our Makerspace Block Party on November 3.  She will be demonstrating her sewing talents real time and you can watch her work as she tells us what she is doing.

If you love to sew and you haven’t stopped in at their shop, please don’t deprive yourself any longer.  It’s a lovely place, and much larger than I expected.  In fact, one large room in the back is set up for sewing classes—how great is that!  Karen said that she didn’t do too many classes any more because she needs help managing the shop.

How about this for a community solution:  Volunteers come in to give Karen a hand by managing the shop while Karen teaches a class.  Perhaps they could start their own version of a sewing/clothing design maker shop.  This might grow into something really great and fun with people collaborating to help each other out. Something to think about to grow our local economy.

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