Sew Creative Lounge: positioned to keep the art form of sewing thriving in Prince George’s
County and beyond.
Cecily Habimana’s affection for sewing began in her youth watching her mother sew clothes for
family members. Fast forward to 2017, she and her co-owner, Tisha Thorne, established Sew
Creative Lounge with pop up classes they facilitated at locations around town. Their first brick
and mortar location kicked off in Mt Rainier and business was doing well. However, during the
pandemic (COVID 19), they had to pivot and moved their classes online. Virtual classes coupled
with a nationwide membership and rewards program they started during the pandemic worked
well and helped the business excel in growth. Today a large percentage of their business
income comes from online.
In Sew Creative Lounge classes, their expert sewing staff teach participants how to sew and
about essential tools anyone interested in creating their own garments and sewing projects can
use. They have a large collection of African fabrics and cotton patterns. The products they
provide are perfect for customers wanting to make beautiful sewing creations like clothing
accessories and more.
FSC First’s Mount Rainier Million Dollar Incentive Fund and the VLT Flex fund are the financial
solutions Sew Creative Lounge have used to enhance their business success. “We just moved
into a larger facility that is part of a reorganization and strategic expansion to make our
business more profitable and better serve our customers” shared Cecily. Furthermore, leaning
deeper into their knowledge base will enable them to expand their virtual class options even
more and bring greater value to their clients.
Cecily and her business partner Tisha Thorne had a grand opening for their Lanham, MD
location in October celebrating not just the opening but creativity and community. Did you
know this small black owned business generated a million in revenue last year! In September
they hosted their Sew Much Soul virtual conference that brought together arts and crafts
enthusiasts. On top of that, they hosted a fireside chat with the iconic Phylicia Rashad at the
event. These business owners are excited about their vision for the future and FSC First is
delighted to be a part of their success journey.