"Our store is all about helping other women," Rivard says. "We thought the name sounded cool and fits what we're about. We help them sell their things, and they're also able to buy things they otherwise might not be able to afford."
The Sewing Shoppe, 1080 S. Main (Chelsea Shopping Center), 323-2892. Mon., Wed., and Fri. 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Tues. and Thurs. 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Also by appointment. Closed Sat. & Sun.
The Other Women, 121 S. Main St. (upstairs), 562-2436. Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m-6 p.m. Closed Sun.
In October, Chelsea resident Chris Livengood opened her revamped business, Chelsea Hearth & Fireplaces, in Oak Tree Plaza, filling the final vacancy in the shopping center on E. Old US-12. Livengood, who ran Chelsea Rentals & Hearth Sales for six years at her former location on W. Old US-12, says she made the decision to drop the rental part of her business because of health problems. "It was a high-labor business, and I needed to streamline," she explains. The showroom offers displays of fireplace inserts and energy-efficient wood, pellet, corn, and multi-fuel stoves and furnaces. "It's for people looking for a high-quality supplemental alternative to gas heat," she explains.