|Melissa Mangan, Store Owner
Melissa has a bachelors of Science degree in Mathematics Education, a Masters degree in Computer Science Education which led Melissa to teach Mathematics and Computer Science for 15 years in Oregon at many levels. Melissa is married to a wonderful man, Pat and has two children, Katrina and Nicholas. Melissa's husband transferred with Hewlett Packard to Colorado and after a 2 year "retirement" to settle the family in Colorado, Melissa looked around for something to do. Linda Lilly hired Melissa to demonstrate and sell sewing machines for Viking. About one year later, Melissa and Linda switched roles and Melissa became the manager of Viking Gallery.
Approximately one year later, Melissa was hired to work for the corporate office of SVP (formerly VSM) as a Business and Sales trainer for Viking, Pfaff and Singer dealers across the nation. Melissa's specialty was creating a fun and active store, with special skills in Software, Embroidery and Sergers. Melissa helped the company in a number of projects including Web trainings for dealers internationally in 4D, 5D, 6D and Premier software. In 2010 Melissa and Pat opened their own store in Fort Collins. No more traveling....just time to have fun, play with friends... and SEW!
Melissa recovered from a near-death experience in 2016 and has since vowed to sew more, play more and enjoy the store and all of you MORE!
|Pat Mangan, Store Owner
Pat has most of his adult life worked in the computer and manufacturing industry. He has a Bachelors degree in Commercial Industrial Fitness. His passion is to make Melissa happy, hence the store. Pat will be the tall, quiet guy you might see in the office, balancing books, working on the webpage, keeping the electronics and network at the store functioning perfectly.
|Melody Busch, Inventory Specialist/Sales
Melody is a Colorado native, born and raised in and near Fort Collins. She went to elementary and high school in Loveland Colorado and attended Colorado State University. She graduated with a B.S. in Home Economics Education and then taught Home EC for 6 years, owned her own fabric shop for 4 years, and then was a Moda sales rep. for the last 32 years. Melody has been sewing for 50+ years. She has been married to Jim for 45 years.
Melody "retired" last November and has been at the Sewing Circle since December 2018 working even harder! She is a wealth of knowledge about sewing and products. Do not hesitate to stop in and ask her questions!
|Bianca French, Long-Arm Specialist/Sales
Bianca was born in Wenatchee, Washington but moved to Fort Collins, Colorado when she was 3 months old. She taught herself how to hand sew when she was about 10. Her love of sewing grew after taking a home economics class, and she received her first sewing machine a year later for Christmas. Bianca loved making projects such as plushies and pillows. As her sewing skills grew, she moved on to big projects like blankets and pajama pants. Then she discovered quilt making and she made her first quilt back in 2017. Ever since, quilts have been Bianca’s project of choice and even though she is still a beginner, she is excited to learn!
|Hadrian Harrison, Sales
Hadrian (pronounced "Adrian" with an H) just recently moved to Fort Collins from Savannah Georgia. She is currently attending CSU for apparel and merchandising. Hadrian has had an interest in sewing and clothing since she was a child, and even took fashion and sewing classes in high-school. Even though she hasn't made a quilt (YET!) she plans to start her first one for her little brother's high-school graduation. Hadrian still has a lot to learn, but she's excited to be in Colorado and to be working here at the sewing circle! She is a wonderfully proper lady from the south and will always greet you with a proper southern hello. Hadrian is talented at "upcycling" and fashion design. She recently made a wonderful summer dress that is SEW cute!
|Jenica Caldwell, Sales
Jenica is a Colorado native, but recently moved to Fort Collins to attend CSU. At CSU Jenica is majoring in business administration and psychology, with a minor in merchandising. Jenica is interested in a career in fashion and is excited about all the new skills she is learning here! She hopes to begin working on creating her own patterns and wardrobe, but has lots to learn first. When Jenica is not at school or working she loves going to concerts and getting involved in new clubs and activities at CSU.
|Quinn Kraus, Sales
Quinn is a Colorado native. She is currently attending school at Front Range Community College for an Associates of Arts in English. Quinn started an interest in sewing when she was a child and started with hand embroidery. She has an interest in garment sewing and enjoys historical fashion. She is currently working on recreating a few Victorian patterns and is looking forward to learning more about sewing working at the sewing circle.
|Peyton Chatfield, Sales|