Melissa Lappin of Glen Rock sells her Roxbury Place handbags, keychains and earrings online. Photo Credit: Melissa Lappin
GLEN ROCK, N.J. — Had Glen Rock’s Melissa Lappin not taken in her mom’s old sewing machine, “Roxbury Place” would never be. That’s her online store where she sells the handbags she first learned to make on her mother’s hand-me-down. It started in 2011 with the offer. “My mom was upgrading her sewing machine and she said, ‘If you want my old one, great. If not, that’s fine,’” Lappin recalled. “I took it.”
After years of watching her mom, Lappin figured then would be a good time to learn to sew.
She started taking classes and tuning into online tutorials, but it wasn’t long before she realized she had a knack for it… just like her mother. “I clicked,” Lappin said. “It became a great hobby and a creative outlet.” She’s now working on getting the word out on her online store, Roxbury Place, where she sells all of her handmade work. There is no assembly line here. The materials are individually chosen, sized, crafted, and constructed by hand into a high quality product. The business isn’t ready for a Rock Road storefront, but Lappin is more than okay with that.