Zionsville cousins teaming in creativity 

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Rachel Bristow, owner of Creative Cousins, opened her business after 27 years of sewing for Men’s Warehouse. (Submitted photo)

Rachel Bristow, owner of Creative Cousins, opened her business after 27 years of sewing for Men’s Warehouse. (Submitted photo)

By Joseph Knoop

Zionsville residents looking for a new place to get clothing alterations, and learn a little in the process, have a new location to visit. Creative Cousins, a family-based alterations business recently opened for business at 260 S 1st St. in Zionsville.

Rachel Bristow, owner and operator of Creative Cousins, began her business after 27 years of experience in sewing and a job at Men’s Wearhouse.

“I’ve always wanted to have this clothing alterations and café shop,” Bristow said. “Zionsville is the best place for it. Everywhere you go you’re not really a stranger. That’s the kind of atmosphere we hope to bring.”

Besides alterations on men’s, women’s, bridal, and formal wear, Creative Cousins plans to offer a variety of classes. While Bristow says pricing is still under development, classes will include subjects such as basic sewing to alterations on clothing, including bridal. Some classes will be offered online for simpler subjects like button mending.

More long-form classes will be conducted in person for two hours a week for four weeks.

Creative Cousins also plans to sell merchandise, both of their own creation and as a middleman for independent designers. Customers can currently purchase a produce bag and youth backpack through their Etsy page.

Plans also include sewing machine rentals along with the business’ common area, coffee, water and snack bar.

“We’re trying to make it a creative, social atmosphere,” Bristow said. “Not just for women, but kids and men who are interested in sewing.”

For more information, call Creative Cousins at 344-0922.

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