Studio How-To moves to Coventry
“We wanted a storefront so people can see all the fun that’s going on here!” said Sarah Nemecek. After a pilot year in a 3,000-square-foot space in the Douglas Fine Arts Building on Lee Road, Nemecek was excited to move into the Coventry Village neighborhood, adding a retail space where customers can access designer fabrics, yarns and crafting gear that correspond with studio classes.
A shop and studio for "the modern maker," Studio How-To supports crafters of all abilities—from novice to seasoned. “Anything you can make with your hands, we are here to teach you,” said Nemecek.
Studio How-To hosted an open house and ribbon-cutting on April 7. Guests filled the studio, chatting about the arts and Cleveland, while they made pom-poms and other art together.
“The community-building is part of what I really love about running this business,” reflected Nemecek. "Crafting brings people together. It lets down our natural barriers so we can find ways to connect without even trying.”
“Dream-doers” by nature, Nemecek and her husband, Jon, moved here after several years as accountants-turned-farmers in Virginia. “We chose Cleveland Heights because it felt great,” said Nemacek, citing the walkability, architecture, family-friendly venues and diversity. “There are so many interesting people doing amazing things—all packed into the area. I’ve lived in a lot of places—Alaska, Hawaii, California—and this is my favorite.”
Studio How-To has worked well with the family’s homeschooling lifestyle. Sam, age 6, has been able to use the studio for self-directed learning. In preparation for the grand opening, he designed his own business cards and helped assemble handmade furniture. During the pom-pom class, he helped guests use supplies.
Studio How-To’s spring offerings, mostly adult classes, can be found on its website. Classes for kids will be added this summer. A welcoming place for families, the studio is also available for parties and team-building activities. For class schedules and store hours, visit www.studiohow-to.com.
Mostly a mom, Shari Nacson, LISW-S, is a freelance editor, child development specialist, and nonprofit consultant who makes her home in Cleveland Heights. More than anything, Nacson is inspired by kids and adults who build connection through kindness.