Quilterati sews a hole for new business

From left: Jackson Larson, Bennet Larson, Mary Norton-Larson and Richard “Fizz” Larson run the family business Quilterati, which has been in business since Nov. 2.

From left: Jackson Larson, Bennet Larson, Mary Norton-Larson and Richard “Fizz” Larson run the family business Quilterati, which has been in business since Nov. 2. Photos by Urmila Ramakrishnan

Mary Norton-Larson always loved to sew, but it wasn’t until a few weeks ago that she made it into a business.

Quilterati is a quilt fabric store that opened Nov. 2 at 236 S. Adams St. in Cambridge.

The store made $1,500 its first week, and Norton-Larson hopes it will continue to pick up. She got the idea to start a quilt business in Cambridge about five or six years ago because she noticed there wasn’t one nearby.

Norton-Larson, a lawyer at her own practice Norton-Larson Law Office, had extra space in her law office and thought it would be a perfect place to set up shop. After a little reluctance from her husband, Richard “Fizz” Larson, they finally converted the space into a cozy storefront dedicated to all things quilt-making.

The shop houses shelves and shelves of prints, from Indonesian batiks to festive holiday snowmen. The name Quilterati means someone who likes to sew, according to Norton-Larson. She combined “quilt” with “ati” — meaning a person with advance skill.

Mary Norton-Larson measures and cuts a festive print. She hopes to host workshops and classes in the near future.

Mary Norton-Larson measures and cuts a festive print. She hopes to host workshops and classes in the near future.

Norton-Larson’s business fills the need for a Cambridge quilt store. Cambridge hasn’t had a quilting store since Ben Franklin closed several years ago. She wants to target anyone, from beginners to experts, who is interested in quilt making. So far, it’s mostly been Cambridge quilting groups that have bought her materials.

Norton-Larson runs the store with her two sons Bennet Larson, 28, and Jackson Larson, 19. Norton-Larson juggles the store with her day job as a fundraiser for Roseville-based Presbyterian Homes and Services. The family will host a grand opening on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 30, with treats and giveaways.

Quilterati can be reached at 763-552-6080.

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