Building bears

Sweet Home woman launches business to honor family legacies


December 29, 2021

Sarah Brown

Renita Sews proprietor Renita Cohen displays a selection of Memory Bears she recently finished for a former colleague.

Walking through the coral-colored door at 1228 Main St., it's clear that Renita Sews proprietor Renita Cohen has a flair for vintage comfort.

Freshly painted white and yellow walls blanket the room, with antique sewing machines on one side and a plaid couch embellished with vintage embroidered and needlepoint pillows on the other.

Cohen sits at a desk that features a yo-yo quilt as a backdrop and her favorite vintage black Singer Featherweight with the tell-tale gold Simanco pattern. Mid-century lamps, vintage irons, wooden spools and other sewing-related items of old invite guests to stay...

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