Butcher's Sew Shop in Philadelphia is finally able to teach classes in person again. The pandemic forced a pause on in-person learning, but the desire to learn was always there.
- Our special series Philly's Comeback continues now with the owners of a craft studio getting back to their passion.
- They're finally able to teach classes in person instead of through a computer screen. "Action News" reporter Maggie Kent is in South Philadelphia with that story.
MAGGIE KENT: It was only two weeks ago that the choir of sewing machines stitching returned to Butcher's Sew Shop. In-person learning took a pause, as did so many other things during the pandemic. But the desire to learn was still there.
JEFFREY PATRICK: Sitting at home during the pandemic, it gives you time to think. How can I better myself? You know, how can I recreate myself?
MAGGIE KENT: For shop owner Mali Petherbridge, reinvention was the route for survival.
- I kind of see us as almost building up a whole new base of students from this past year. [? Show ?] your next slide.
MAGGIE KENT: Zoom classes, at-home DIY kids, mail subscriptions burst open the doors of Butcher's Sew Shop and brought the learning to the kitchen table.
MALI PETHERBRIDGE: We have people as far as Hawaii joining our virtual classes. So in that way, I think it really has strengthened our business.
MAGGIE KENT: Emily Coleman taught quiltmaking online, a skill she picked up from Grandma.
EMILY COLEMAN: Honestly, it's made me a better teacher. I've learned how to say everything five different ways.
MAGGIE KENT: Now 13 months into the pandemic, after a number of closures, a staff furlough, and two PPP grants, Butcher's Sew Shop is back buzzing. With in-person learning, after school, and virtual school camps returning.
MALI PETHERBRIDGE: I really see us maintaining this hybrid model of virtual and in-person learning.
MAGGIE KENT: Butcher's Sew Shop says they're going to be busier than ever in this summer, especially with camp season on the horizon.
[SEWING MACHINE SOUNDS]
[? To ?] come back, thanks to ingenuity and a lot of creativity. In South Philadelphia. Maggie Kent, channel six "Action News."