Julie’s shop for Krafty Kidz is a knit­ter’s dream

THIS WEEK: Kustom Kidz Kraft Kreatorz

Bray People - - INSIDE BUSINESS -

ARK­LOW busi­ness­woman Julie New goes to work with a smile on her face ev­ery day. Since re­lo­cat­ing her in­trigu­ing craft sup­plies and fur­ni­ture busi­ness to 87 Lower Main Street, she has opened up a world of pos­si­bil­i­ties for her ven­ture.

Hav­ing re­launched the store as Kustom Kidz Kraft Kreatorz, Julie has re­sponded to the growth of the craft el­e­ment of her busi­ness which was based ini­tially on hand crafted chil­dren’s and nurs­ery fur­ni­ture.

‘We closed the old shop on Bridge Street back on Christ­mas Eve and I got ev­ery­one of my friends and fam­ily on board at the new shop so we were open on Jan­uary 2. We fit­ted out the new shop and can now ac­com­mo­date our monthly weekend craft fair and ever ex­pand­ing craft classes,’ she ex­plains.

Julie is brim­ming with enthusiasm and it is clear that her pas­sion for her work fu­els her suc­cess. Not only has she started a large scale craft fair on the first Fri­day and Satur­day of ev­ery month, she plays host to an ar­ray of weekly craft classes both for adults and chil­dren in­clud­ing knit­ting, origami, tat­ting which is an old form of lace mak­ing, and cro­chet, which she teaches her- self. ‘I am happy to pro­vide the venue be­cause I want bums on seats and in turn the ladies buy their sup­plies here.

‘ There is a great at­mos­phere when they all come in and sit around learn­ing to­gether. They share their ex­pe­ri­ence with one an­other. There is a huge cul­ture of craft­ing in the com­mu­nity and I would love to see lo­cal people sup­port­ing that,’ she says.

This craft cul­ture is some­thing that Julie has been em­brac­ing since the age of nine when she learned to cro­chet from He­lena, wife of Wes­ley Bur­rows, the man be­hind many an old Ir­ish soap opera.

‘ There was a pe­riod of about ten years when I gave it up but then I took it up again when I had chil­dren and never looked back. It is such a stress re­liever and very calm­ing. A re­cent judge told two women up for fight­ing in pub­lic to go and take up knit­ting to sort them­selves out!’

Kustom Kids Kraft Kreatorz is a knit­ter’s dream. A rain­bow of colourful balls of yarn are more than pleas­ing to the eye and would in­spire the most re­luc­tant crafter to pick up a set of nee­dles.

The ex­ten­sive Craft Fair room at the back of the shop are where the magic hap­pens each month which has now be­come a vi­tal part of the busi­ness.

‘I just wanted to get in and do it. I was fed up of people find­ing rea­sons not to do some­thing so I pay the rent, rates and in­sur­ance and of­fer a place for people to sell their won­der­ful crafts. We need to be brave enough to take risks if our town is to sur­vive.

‘For ex­am­ple, I think we will re­gret re­vers­ing the one way sys­tem in the fu­ture.

‘Of course times have been tough but we must do ev­ery­thing in our power to get people on to the street again.’

‘I love com­ing into work ev­ery day and I’m go­ing full steam ahead with the shop. I’m de­ter­mined to make this work.’

Julie New of Kustom Kidz Kraft Kreatorz.

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