BEMUS POINT - Sondra Johnson and Kathie Regan once only shared the same hobby - scrapbooking.
Now they share the same job - owners of A Cup Of Memories, a specialty scrapbooking shop located at 20 Maple St., Bemus Point.
Scrapbooking is a decorative craft for preserving personal and family history in the form of a book. Typical memorabilia include photographs, printed media and artwork. A Cup Of Memories offers scrapbookers items like paper that can be customized, embellishments like ribbons and used stamps and scrapbooking tools and equipment. Ms. Johnson and Ms. Regan also offer custom albums, scrapbooking classes and crop parties like the ones they will be host at 7 p.m. Sept. 9 at their shop and Sept. 17 and 18 at the North Harmony Senior Center in Stow.
Ms. Johnson said the business' concept is 'Scrapbooking on a dime.'
'We're great bargain hunters and find the best prices so we can pass the savings on to our customers,' Ms. Regan said. 'Scrapbooking can be an expensive hobby, but we're helping people by making it less expensive.'
The shop offers custom scrapbooking materials like items specifically aimed toward places like Bemus Point, Chautauqua Lake and Findley Lake or for events like the Gerry Rodeo. One way the shop is making scrapbooking less expensive is by having a wide variety of scrapbooking materials on hand where people can get exactly what they need.
'What are you going to do with three yards of ribbon?,' said Ms. Johnson about being able to only buy a foot of ribbon for a scrapbook at the shop instead having to buy a whole spool at a regular store. 'I know I'm not going to use the same ribbon twice in the same book.'
Ms. Johnson has been scrapbooking for 10 years and got Ms. Regan involved in the hobby about four years ago when they were working at the same job. After a shift, the two would go for coffee and talk about one day opening their own scrapbooking shop.
'That is why we called it A Cup Of Memories,' Ms. Regan said. 'I always wanted to be a shop owner. It is a dream I've had since I was a child.'
Ms. Regan said the store has been able to add more each month as business continues to grow as word-of-mouth advertising gets louder and louder in the village. She said sharing scrapbooking with others has been the best part of owning her own business.
'It's fun to have customers with a common bond as you. With people that enjoy what you like to do too and have the same passion for it,' she said. 'They tell you how they do scapbooking and you tell them how you do it. There are as many techniques as there are people. Everyone has their own technique.'
Ms. Johnson said scrapbooking is a great way of letting people know about your life and family.
'We are putting together a treasure for future generations,' she said. 'It is history, a legacy in pictures. A family legacy for others to see.'
The business is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Later this fall, the business will be closed on Sunday.
For more information, call 450-3416.
Sondra Johnson and Kathie Regan show off scrapbooks at their new business A Cup Of Memories, 20 Maple St., Bemus Point. The shop specializes in the craft of scrapbooking.