Mother-daughter partners open scrapbook store
Downtown Eudora's newest business isn't just counting on drawing local customers.
"Most scrapbookers will drive hours to get to a new scrapbook store," said Barb Burkart.
And she should know.
"Barb and I have made the trips many times," said Burkart's mother, Sandi Roberts.
As avid scrapbookers, the two have opened Family Memories at 706 Main St. The store is open weekends until May 24.
The mother-daughter business duo said Family Memories was the closest scrapbooking store they knew of short of Topeka and the Kansas City areas.
"That's good for us," Roberts said.
Although creating scrapbooks for everything from births to graduations to vacations has become popular during the last few years, it wasn't something Roberts had much of an interest in at first. But attending a class, like the ones the store hopes to offer toward the end of the month, changed her mind.
"I made her go with me -- she was hooked after that," Burkart said. "It's something we can do together."
Although Burkart prefers scrapbooking chronologically, the store is stocked with paper and embellishments with baby, wedding, sports and other themes for specific events. The business owners said they often saw scrapbookers coming up with new things to document in addition to the traditional milestones.
Family Memories also offers items especially made for scrapbooks, like acid-free glues and lignan-free paper. The store offers stickers and other decorative items.
"People are really into embellishing," Burkart said.
They said scrapbooking had caught on with younger people, like middle school and high school students, mostly girls. Burkart and Roberts are also hoping to capitalize on the clientele that came downtown to shop for quilting supplies and to visit the tea room, although they said men occasionally cropped up at scrapbooking events.
Family Memories offers scrapbooking gatherings, called crops. Although the marathon events -- such as a recent one from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. -- might seem excessive, Burkart and Roberts said it wasn't an unusual time span.
"Some people won't want to go home," Roberts said.
Burkart echoed those sentiments.
"Once you get going, you don't want to stop," she said.
Family Memories, which got help from friends and family members to get going, is planning its grand opening June 3 through 6. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays until May 24. Then the store will also be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each weekday except Thursdays, when the store will be open until 8 p.m.
Despite the beginnings of scrapbooking as an apparent fad a few years ago, it's a hobby that doesn't appear to be going anywhere. Burkart said the desire to document was a common trait.
"People love taking pictures," she said.
Moreover, she said it was an activity through which people could share and borrow ideas. The proprietors hope through contests and exhibits of local work, Family Memories will become a venue for such a cooperative effort.
Roberts said scrapbooks' appeal was that they could document more than a simple album, whose photos lost their context and meaning over the years.
"A scrapbook page tells a story," she said. "It's a hobby that's not going to fade away."