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Charlottetown businesswoman, who 'can sew anything', is getting some wind in her sails

Christine Zareck looks over her designer fabric sample books at her new shop, Material Girl, on North River Road in Charlottetown. EMILY ACORN/THE GUARDIAN
Christine Zareck looks over her designer fabric sample books at her new shop, Material Girl, on North River Road in Charlottetown. EMILY ACORN/THE GUARDIAN - The Guardian

BY EMILY ACORN

THE GUARDIAN

A Charlottetown businesswoman is experiencing some wind in her sails since beginning a fabric company in her basement.

Now, Christine Zareck is expanding her business, Material Girl, into a new shop on North River Road. Among her specialities is repairing sailboat sails, boat covers and patio enclosures.

She found the Island had a lack of custom sewers. With sailing and boating a popular Island activity, Zareck said she found a high demand for her work.

“My family is astonished it only took a year to start (the business).”

And, she is quick to note, “We can sew anything.”

Zareck has teamed up with Damien Morris Designs after noticing there was also a need for custom home décor sewing. 

“We collab a lot, Damien is amazing.”

Material Girl is holding a grand opening 4:30 p.m. March 15 at 565 North River Rd. Visitors can stop by, mingle over food and refreshments.

With 800 likes on Facebook, Zareck expects the 1055-square-foot sewing workroom to be full of support.

 “Everyone is so supportive. Everyone has been a stepping stone.”

She’s also accepting donations to Anderson House at the event.

 “I want to be able to help any way I can.”

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