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March 2, 2013

Main Street shop offers a material world

Project Anthologies, the colorful fabric shop on Main Street in Oneonta, began as a collection of creative endeavors.

Melany Tenore, owner of Project Anthologies, has been sewing all of her life. She began selling her creations online as a hobby.

“I love it, I have a passion for the product,” Tenore said. “I do not remember learning how to (sew). My mother was always sewing and so was my grandmother.”

The shop at 261 Main St. is full of bright colorful bolts of cloth in fresh patterns. The shop sells a wide variety of sewing, quilting, knitting and home décor supplies.

Tenore moved to Oneonta from Nashville, Tenn., in 2011. While in Nashville, she worked in information technology, but she always sewed. When she and her husband began a family, Tenore sewed baby clothes and sold some online.

“I wanted to get back into creating, so I started selling things on Etsy,” Tenore said. “I did that for the last five years. It was part-time, more like a hobby.”

After living in Oneonta for about six months, Tenore began looking for a space to open a fabric and crafting shop. She had finished her business plan when she noticed a rental sign in an old building which would become the new retail village on the corner of Main Street and Ford Avenue.

“It is a wonderful location,” Tenore said. “Peter Clark has been awesome. (Wilber and Clark Enterprises) had a great vision of the space — it is like a cottage. I love the original hardwood floors.”

There is a niche in Oneonta for a shop that sells sewing supplies to the creative set. Project Anthologies also offers classes in sewing, knitting and quilting. The classes are themed around various holidays — with casserole carrier sets, wreath-making and jewelry box decoupage offered recently.

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