Cosmic Bobbins to pop up in Tremont, offer real-world training to Tri-C student

Later this week, the fun and funky Shaker Square staple, Cosmic Bobbins, will return to its roots -- at least temporarily -- with a seasonal pop-up shop at 2406 Professor Avenue in Tremont.

"We started in this space in 2011," says Cosmic Bobbins founder Sharie Renee. "It was our first pop-up, our first front-of-house experience."

The pop-up will have a soft opening on Oct. 1st with a grand opening on Oct. 9th to coincide with the Tremont Art Walk, and will be in business through late December.

Renee calls it a "miniature little outpost" of the Shaker venue; which has been in business three years and represents approximately 50 different local entrepreneurs, fair trade vendors and boutique products. She sees the Tremont opportunity as a great holiday connection for the store's loyal west side customers. It will also achieve another of Cosmic Bobbins' goals: making a social impact. The Tremont shop will be run by Monié Lewis, a sophmore from Cuyahoga Community College who is studying entrepreneurship and nonprofit work.

"We're actually going to be using that space as training opportunity for her to kind of run her own store, so to speak," says Renee, "and get that experience and feel for it."

Lewis's relationship with Cosmic Bobbins started two years ago when she attended the shop's summer youth workforce program, in which kids learn to sew and get an insider's view of entrepreneurship and operating a retail location. Lewis has also worked for Cosmic Bobbins over the holidays.

"She'll be able to get her feet a little bit deeper into what we do," says Renee of Lewis's upcoming stint in the west side store.

The effort was coordinated by the Tremont West Development Corporation, which is offering the temporary Professor Avenue space to Cosmic Bobbins at a reduced rent.

The pop-up will offer custom embroidery and the apparel of GV Art and Design, among other merchandise. It will also feature Tremont artists Jill Lackey LeMieux, Jeff McNaught of Cyclophilic Limited, and Steve Stanaszek of Urbal Guru.

For October, hours will be Wednesday through Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 1 to 8 p.m. Details on expanded hours for November and December are forthcoming.

"We're going to feel out the flow down there," says Renee of the future scheduling. She's also looking forward to a return to her old stomping grounds and being among old friends such as Paul Duda, who has been her mentor for some two decades.

"We're just really excited to be back there," she adds, "and to rekindle friendships and relationships."

Read more articles by Erin O'Brien.

Erin O'Brien's eclectic features and essays have appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and others. The sixth generation northeast Ohioan is also author of The Irish Hungarian Guide to the Domestic Arts. Visit for complete profile information.
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