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Tewksbury’s Open Space Gift Shop goes for the unique – Lowell Sun

Tewksbury’s Open Space Gift Shop goes for the unique – Lowell Sun

TEWKSBURY — The Open Space Gift Shop and Creative Studio will not accept being ordinary.

The shop, which recently moved from North Reading, where it was known as Sunrise Gift Shop, to Main Street, sells handmade and uncommon products, many of which are created by local makers.

“We try to keep it unique. We want to make sure it’s something you won’t find at Target or Walmart,” said Paul Luther, who co-owns Open Space with Fil Cunha. “I try to make sure it’s small businesses with no big warehouses and millions of employees.”

Luther first opened the North Reading store in October 2020, naming it after his handmade soap brand, which he has been selling for about three years.

“I developed the name from previous years of working and being up before the sun,” he said.

Despite enjoying running the store, Luther made the decision to shut it in favor of the Tewksbury location so that he could open a classroom space alongside the gift shop’s inventory. That was when Cunha joined in, and together they decided to rename it Open Space to symbolize the fresh change.

“We wanted to create a new brand that was something we created together,” Luther said.

The two met through work, and when Sunrise opened, Cunha started selling her jewelry there. She said she has always been into crafting, and when she began preparing to retire at the same time that Luther’s North Reading lease was ending, it seemed like the perfect time to jump in.

“This has always been my dream,” she said. “Crafting was our thing, so when he was thinking about growing the store, I thought it was a good time to get on board.”

The Tewksbury shop, which has been open for about three weeks now, houses home goods, food, clothing and accessories, stationery, glassware, prepared gift baskets and more.

What makes the shop special, however, is the classroom space, where Luther and Cunha plan to host events, workshops, classes and parties. In the short time they’ve been open, they’ve already held a handful of events, including hosting local Girl Scout troops and a Halloween craft workshop.

Luther said that they are planning additional crafting opportunities, from seasonal workshops and classes to a studio subscription.

“We have this open studio plan, so when we’re not running workshops you can come in for the day and do crafts with your own supplies or ready-to-go kits,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of people come in, excited about the classroom and for us to be in town.”

Cunha said they are constantly brainstorming new concepts.

“We’ve been so busy, because all of our vendors are restocking,” she said. “We have tons of ideas. We send each other ideas every night.”

Luther said the reception has been great so far, and they often get calls from potential vendors interested in selling at Open Space.

“We’re so grateful,” he said.

Open Space will hold a grand opening extravaganza this weekend, complete with pop-ups by some of their vendors, hors d’oeuvres and refreshments, raffles and a craft table. The store is open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the event.

For more information, to browse Open Space’s products or to access a vendor application, visit openspacetewks.com.

Tewksbury’s Open Space Gift Shop goes for the unique