Stained glass shop offering classes
By Sue Ellen Ross Post-Tribune correspondent November 8, 2013 2:00PM
IF YOU GO
Char’s Stained Glass & Gifts
211 Matteson St., Dyer
More information: 864-0459 or www.charsstainedglass.com
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday
Updated: December 12, 2013 6:07AM
October was a very special month for Lisa Meyers.
This year, she celebrated one year as a breast cancer survivor, enjoyed her one-year wedding anniversary, and marked a third one-year milestone as the new owner of Char’s Stained Glass & Gifts in Dyer.
“I had a life-changing experience when I was diagnosed with cancer,” the Highland resident said. “This opens your eyes and wakes you up. I gained a whole new outlook on life.”
That outlook included taking the risk of becoming a business owner, while she continued to work as an accountant part-time for a local non-profit company.
Although Meyers has been at the helm for only a year, she is no stranger to stained glass.
“I began to work with stained glass in the late 1990s, beginning classes at a little shop in Whiting,” she said. “Over the years, it became a hobby, and I attended classes on and off.”
Her last stint as a student began two years ago at Char’s, and when the owner, Char Gagnon was retiring last year, she went into gear.
“I kept the same name, since Char was established in the area. The studio had been around a long time, everyone knows who we are,” Meyers said. “I wanted to continue that success.”
In spite of today’s tough economy, Meyers believes her new venture will continue to grow, and thrive. Citing the dedicated focus of her students as they create items for themselves, or to give as gifts, she believes the “personal touch” is appreciated.
“People still want quality, especially in their gifts,” she said.
In addition to classes, Meyers offers repair service and fashions consignment pieces. Also, some of her students’ work, as well as Meyers’ pieces, are displayed for sale in the front window of the store.
Suellen Jaros of Chicago, Ill is a new student at the studio. She is working on a Christmas decoration.
“My friend has been coming to classes here, told me how much she enjoyed it, and I wanted to learn something new too,” Jaros said. “I’m impressed with this business and we have a lot of fun while being creative.”