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Living for Vivid Color: Kreatelier's Creative Fabric Concept

By Marina I. Jokic

If you've ever wondered what kind of gift to buy for your next special occasion, Kreatelier might have the answer. A creative fabric concept store, it contains a panoply of home décor items, clothing, and all kinds of interesting textiles and textures. Opened in 2007 by two friends, Line Daems and Pernilla Frazier, with a shared passion for all things decorative and a keen sense for business, the shop has become a beloved local destination.

From basic gifts for babies to beautiful fabric curtains that bring a room to life, Kreatelier has it all. Their friendly staff can help you choose the right item. Custom-made home décor and sewing workshops are also available at reasonable prices and can bring a much needed refresher to your home's ambiance.

In 2008, Kreatelier opened a retail store on Hope Street in Providence as part of the Eat, Shop, Play complex where people can sample a range of stores and dining options as well as free events for the community. Opening this second store at such a choice location boosted sales for Daems and Pernilla and made their conceptual products even more accessible to the public. Kreatelier is also an active member of the Hope Street Merchants Association.

"The entire Kreatelier team takes pride in what they do - offering unique fabric products, simple home solutions and creative sewing workshops," Daems said. "Our goal is to make the joy of fabric accessible to every budget, and we work to make sure all of our customers are happy and satisfied."

Hope Street is a vibrant shopping and dining area nestled among residential neighborhoods. It is a haven for locally-owned stores and also offers the perfect setting for community block parties. There is Seven Stars Bakery, voted the city's best bakery, and Festival Ballet, a renowned dance school. The historical Rochambeau Library also sits on Hope Street, part and parcel of the street landscape.

Visitors can practically find everything on Hope Street, from fine dining to local shops and fun events for the whole family. Lined with verdant trees and shrubs, the street is bike and pedestrian friendly, making it ideal for shopping, dining, or just sauntering. Many merchants belong to the Hope Street Merchants Association and are passionate about preserving and beautifying the neighborhood.

"I adore being the owner of Kreatelier," Daems said. "Our store takes advantage of the support of the local neighborhood [which] makes [up] a big part of the food traffic." The street sees plenty of tourists and out-of-town shoppers as well thanks to the joint marketing efforts of the Merchants Association.

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