In Focus: Carrie Pauling
Carrie Pauling (owner/founder of CPWrite) was one of the original tenants at the factory—from the time the first studs were going into the building of the early studios … “at a big desk in a small studio sits a freelance writer … she writes, she researches, she reads and she works.” She professes that she has been a writer her entire life and a freelancer for more than 10 years, working on copy for websites and blogs, articles, press releases, case studies and promotional pieces for businesses. It’s not unusual to see her husband and kids at the building for the many special events—including First Fridays. That being said, she does enjoy her home away from home in her quiet little studio!
We recently returned from a lovely bike ride up Mosquito Valley Road, where the leaves were ablaze in all their fall splendor! It was an easy (albeit uphill!) ride from the Pajama Factory and, thankfully, a relaxing coast home. October was not only perfect for enjoying the colorful foliage, but a great time for weddings at the Factory; we had three of them last month alone. It’s such fun having these young couples make the Factory a part of their special memories.
While we were lucky enough to enjoy a bit of Indian Summer this year, colder days have recently arrived so we’re continuing our winterizing efforts at the building. And with the cold weather, we are looking forward to celebrating our 4th Annual Holiday Artisans’ Market for December’s First Friday—featuring fabulous arts and crafts for the holidays. We will also be hosting the nonprofit Center for Creativity’s (CFC) 2nd Annual Blues Bash fundraiser right before New Year’s Eve. Both events are worth putting on your calendar!
Hoping everyone enjoys the very last of the Fall days and, as always, thanks for your ongoing support.
– Mark and Susie Winkelman
Mayor Campana visited the Pajama Factory for the grand opening of our 28 new studios. We were thrilled to have him cut the ribbon and say a few words of support for our continued growth. Other participants included members of the City Council, Chamber of Commerce, Lycoming County Planning, Williamsport Business Association, representatives from various local arts organizations and of course, folks from the Factory. And we’re excited that 75% of these new studios are already spoken for (from people on our waiting list).
We welcome all of our new tenants, and are thrilled that they have joined our diverse community. Some of these new folks include a hair salon, flute teacher, baker, historical costumer, equities trader, web developers, and, of course, many talented artists. We have a few of our bigger spaces still available so pass on the word if you know anyone who might be interested.
Fashion Alley in Building 10!
The Pajama Factory’s DNA is strongly linked to sewing and manufacturing, so it’s no wonder that today we continue to carry on the traditions of yesteryear.
In addition to Equinox—manufacturers of outdoor gear for Earth Travelers—we also house Valerie Beggs, who founded The Pajama Design Lab, a studio devoted to teaching clothing design in both group and private classes. Current projects include producing pajamas and high fashion garments made in the USA!
Ernest Jackson specializes in personal tailoring; custom made garments with clients from the NBA! And Nancy Reiff not only features Vintage clothing in her studio but also does crocheting, and other textile work. And finally, Constance Phillips, who has some of her work on exhibit at the Victorian Rowley House Museum, recreates period fashion. You can see Connie and some of her work in the youtube piece on the making of a Rowley House documentary.
“on our bike trail”… Falling leaves hide the path so quietly (J. Bailey).
– Mark and Susie Winkelman