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Artist Barbara Perry


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Biography


story begins in 1989, when I registered for a business license to sell stained glass. Back then, I used a “stained glass party” sales system and eight independent contractors to complete the orders.
After three busy and successful years, I decided to open a brick and mortar location in beautiful Occoquan, Virginia. That was December 6, 1992 and, at the time, I had two young boys (16 and 12), a husband, and a musical band that played pretty frequently on weekends.
My plan was to teach classes, sell supplies, create custom work, do repairs, and stock a gift area with my creations. And that’s all in a 500 square foot space on an alley in Occoquan.
As time went by, I saw the growth of the internet cut into my supply and glass sales. Repairs and classes stayed strong as did custom orders, but the writing was on the wall.
When the Lorton Workhouse opened ½ mile away with a very large state of the art stained glass studio, I knew I had to re-adjust my approach so I could compete. That’s when I started teaching private lessons (or twosies) and focusing on creating an artsy, creative, and inspiring atmosphere for my students.  
In 2005, I moved one block up the street to a corner location with 1,000 square feet, doubling my space.  We continued to focus on classes, repairs, gifts, and custom orders while discontinuing supplies and books.
Over three decades into my journey, my philosophy behind Sincerely Yours remains “you come in as a stranger and leave as a friend”. Many of those friends continue to return for advice, a quick gift, or another class.
Now, my 10 year old granddaughter assists with the shop when she can, making cork keychains and geometric suncatchers. Thirty plus years in, I don’t intend on stopping anytime [...]

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