Craft and gift store, Dear Jupiter, opening in Cambridge

Keryn Schleif and Peggy Johnson are turning their hobbies into a business.

Dear Jupiter, their craft and gift store, is opening at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 23, at 218 South Ashland St. in Cambridge.

Dear Jupiter owners Peggy Johnson (left) and Keryn Schleif. Photo by Julia Parent

Dear Jupiter owners Peggy Johnson (left) and Keryn Schleif. Photo by Julia Parent

A celebration party will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. with appetizers, catered by Kimiko Lee, and desserts. The first 20 people who arrive will receive a free gift.

Dear Jupiter stocks craft supplies that customers might not find locally elsewhere. They have Cascade Yarns, Jojoland yarns, hand-dyed and hand-spun yarns and recycled Indian sari silk yarns. If they do not have enough yarn for a particular project, they can custom order it. The price range for a skein or hank of yarn will be between $3 and $30. Soon, they will have the ability to roll yarn purchased at the store into balls for free. Pompom makers, a variety of crochet hooks and knitting looms are available as well.

Embroidery supplies are also available at Dear Jupiter. They have Sublime Stitching and Stitcher’s Revolution patterns along with a variety of embroidery threads. There are embroidery kits from other countries with no prick needles for kids.

Other items include vintage and new buttons, belt buckles, decorative gourds, wooden spoons and Swedish butter knives.

Dear Jupiter is also a consignment store and sells items created by local artisans. The store has bags, lamps, pillows, fingerless gloves, headbands and colorful boot cuffs.

Shoppers can also buy an Easter basket and fill it with unique pens; vintage, iron-on T-shirts; origami paper; paper doll stickers; coin purses; stationery; lip balm; and sketching supplies.

Schleif and Johnson list and sell craft items on Etsy.com and eBay.com for people who sign a contract. When the item sells, they ship it.

Schleif and Johnson named their store using their children’s names. “Dear” comes from Schleif’s daughter Dru, and “Jupiter” comes from Johnson’s son, Jimmy.

They are also looking for instructors to teach a variety of craft classes.

During the school year, Dear Jupiter will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Their summer hours will be 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Email shopdearjupiter@gmail.com for more information.

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