Jo is a self-proclaimed dabbler. She learned to sew at age five starting with doll clothes, then graduated to people clothes, wedding gowns, men’s suits, custom window treatments, slip covers, totes, handbags and some upholstery. She has taught sewing in public school as well as private students. Years ago, Jo apprenticed as a sewing machine repair technician and loves the challenge of keeping vintage machines running. After 24 years as a soldier and a soldier's wife, she returned to Massachusetts to do an internship in textile conservation. Jo worked at the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, MA for 7 years and, after relocating to North Andover, now spends her days doing machine repairs, teaching sewing lessons and collaborating with customers on unique custom orders at The Village Studio.
Sally has a background in education and operating small businesses. She started her career as a teacher and a placement coordinator and switched gears to stay home with her kids. She got back into the workforce by running the operations of multiple small businesses and currently is the store manager at The Village Studio. She has dabbled in the creative world as the former owner of Tray Chic, a handmade artisan business designing upcycled home décor. Sally has volunteered for multiple organizations in town and is the co-President of the North Andover Merchant's Association. Sally resides in North Andover with her husband, two children and multiple cats.
Melissa started MomCat Handmade in 2010 with her mom and aunt as both a creative outlet and to spend quality time with her family. Over the years MomCat has attended dozens of craft fairs and sold our handmade items in many local gifts shops in Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire. Melissa loves to make and create but, as a self-proclaimed geek, also enjoys the business side of things. A graduate of North Andover high school, Melissa is honored and proud to work alongside Sally and Jo to bring The Village Studio to the community. Melissa currently lives in Sandown, NH with her husband and two cats.