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Sewing shop's Lerena Ruby closing after 26 years, decade after originally planned

Lerena Ruby stands in her Seamingly Creative sewing goods store at 1245 Main St. as she has for 27 years.

"I don't sit down very often," she says.

But, she acknowledges, she may be more often, soon.

That's because Ruby, 74, is calling it quits and closing the store, due to a combination of factors: COVID-influenced problems, her age, her desire to do other things than staff her store counter all week long.

"This last year, because of COVID, has been a struggle," she said, standing in her main showroom, which is about 12 feet wide. "Obviously, we can't work 6 feet apart, so it's just bee...