Our businesses are the lifeblood of Hockessin and Pike Creek. Each one is unique. Each one contributes to make the community a special place. To bring readers the stories behind these businesses, the Hockessin Community News will feature a weekly profile of the merchants in our community.

This week, we spoke with Susan “Bunni” Bodan, owner of Sew What in Pike Creek, about her new business.

Q Can you tell us about your business?

A We are a creative center for the Greater Wilmington area with a focus on machines for sewing and embroidery. We offer machines, notions, fabrics, education and classes in things unrelated to sewing, so we’re expanding beyond the basics of what we do.

Q How did you get started?

A My grandmother sewed, and later I had the opportunity to pursue a four ear program in highschool, and that’s where it started. I worked Loder’s Sewing Center while I was in college, and it’s just grown from there. More recently I managed two stores for another dealer.

Q: Who would or should frequent your business?

A Anybody with a creative inkling or bone in their body. We’re not just sewing – we have knitters and crochetters in here. We’re even planning a Pampered Chef party. We’re not just any one thing, and we’re evolving to be what the community needs. We have customers from all walks of life.

Q Where do you see your business in five years?

A I would love to have outgrown the space and be in need of more for classes and education and product for our customers.

Q: Why Pike Creek?

A We picked the location based on the previous two locations I managed … because this was the best vicinity to be within a reasonable distance of those stores. And honestly, I’d looked at for the better part of the year and it fell together at the right time for us to open. I love the proximity to all of New Castle County from here – I can get to anywhere above the Canal in half an hour.