Prior to opening Sew Steamboat, Mariana, a native of Argentina, spent 15 years in resort development managing projects in various ski towns. In 2006 one of those projects brought her to Steamboat Springs, where she lives with husband Paul, dog FitzRoy, cat Darwin and kitten Peepers. When she is not at work, she is hiking, biking and pursuing all that the Yampa Valley has to offer.
Gayle, who began sewing with her aunt and mother at age 8, has been sewing for the past 50 years. She sewed through high school, and majored in Consumer and Family Studies at Colorado State University and went onto be Home Economics or Consumer and Family Studies teacher for 30 years. During that time she developed and taught a variety of approaches to sewing. She also taught at Colorado Community College and ran her own alterations business. She also enjoys knitting, crocheting, beading and other forms of handcrafts. Last summer, she was certified as a Palmer/Pletch sewing instructor.
During a break from resort development, Mariana took sewing classes from Gayle and when she realized that Steamboat was lacking a fabric store, her business mind started working. After a lot of research, she approached Gayle with a business idea, who jumped at the opportunity to get out of retirement to own her own fabric shop. They formed a partnership in September 2010 and opened Sew Steamboat on November 25, 2010. The rest is history, still in the making…