UXBRIDGE – Crafters and beaders came out in full force on Saturday the 4th to check out Chevere's new home at 366 N. Main Street in Uxbridge. Chevere's is “the place to bead,” and the new store gives owner Patricia DeVries plenty of space to display her hand-crafted jewelry, beads and beading supplies, Yak & Yeti clothing, Beijo handbags, and accessories.
At twice the size of Chevere's old location at 158 N. Main Street, Pat now also has room for two tables to accommodate beading classes for both adults and children.
The store is in the same building as the Village Cleaners, and, in fact, occupies the space that once housed the cleaning equipment. The operators of the cleaners now do the drycleaning offsite.
Pat renovated the space to be a bright and fun environment, a relaxing place where “people can stop in, sit and talk, and see what I've made.”
We couldn't help but ask about the name Chevere. “People always ask me that,” she said. “It's the Spanish word for 'awesome' – I'm Peruvian and like the word.” It's pronounced with all three syllables, by the way.
Pat told us she has been interested in jewelry since she was a teenager, and would take the pieces apart and remake them. But the opportunity for her to open her own beading store didn't come until three years ago: her son was entering college – WPI - and she'd been saving for his tuition. He received a full scholarship, though, and suddenly Pat had enough money to open a beading shop.
“It was a huge success,” she said.”We kept growing and growing. It got so crowded we could hardly walk through the store.”
Pat gives beading classes on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. Classes are $45, which includes all the supplies, and last a couple of hours. Size is limited to eight – more than that and it's hard to answer all their questions, she said. If someone can't make one of those classes, she will do a one-on-one class for the same price. “Girls' Nights Out” to do beading are also very popular.
Kids are welcome at Chevere too. They can come in and make a bracelet or necklace for just $12. Pat hosts birthday parties for kids and Girl Scout troops come in to earn patches for jewelry making.
The new larger space will allow Pat to add to her clothing and accessories lines and also rent shelf space to other local artists.
“I feel like I've made hundreds of friends the last few years,” said Pat. Making beaded jewelry is therapeutic, she thinks. Judging by the people who came to wish her well at the new store, we'd have to agree.
Chevere is open Tuesday-Friday from 10:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m., and to 4:00 p.m on Saturday. Parties and classes are by appointment. Phone 508-278-5566 or find it on Facebook.