Gift shop "crafting" against cancer
Published 4:27 pm, Thursday, November 8, 2012
A shop selling gifts, garments and crafting items with a focus on helping cancer survivors recently opened on the Post Road.
Alexandra Wallace-Currie, of Fairfield, launched "a little square" in an 1,872-square-foot space on the second floor of 1981 Post Road after moving back from London, according to a release. The Texas native founded it in London in 2005 after moving to the city with her husband while pregnant, unable to find "preppy Americana" baby-shower gifts for other expectant women she met in new-mother groups.
Diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2010, Wallace-Currie, having a background in fashion sales, began knitting hats and scarves for other breast cancer survivors while undergoing chemotherapy. She then founded the Pink Pom-Pom Project -- A Crafting For Cancer Therapy Initiative, which made more than 500 hats, scarves, quilts and pillows for fellow survivors in the London area.
Programs within the project include Stitch & Bitch, where cancer survivors make items for other survivors, and the Volunteer of the Year Quilt, to recognize a volunteer in a cancer support center.
The shop, which dedicates 25 percent of its sales to the project and also hosts cancer fundraisers, will host a store-opening celebration from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15.
The store, which employs two workers and teaching consultants, is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 6 to 9 p.m. for special events.
Call 203-955-1099 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information on the shop and its programs.