Turning Dreams into Reality for Boxer Craft House

Boxer Craft House, owner Marie Bressler in her shop.

Marie Bressler’s dream of expanding Boxer Craft House from a humble home-based business to a vibrant retail store became a reality, thanks to Partner Community Capital (PCAP). In the small town of Ranson, West Virginia, walking into the refurbished old Billie’s Diner, now transformed into Boxer Craft House, one cannot help but marvel at the journey that led to this momentous achievement.

Bressler, the creative force behind Boxer Craft House, had been nurturing her passion for sewing, fabrics, and embroidery since 2018. Operating initially from her basement, she steadily built a loyal customer base through online platforms and craft fairs, highlighting her unique products and designs. However, her ambition soared beyond the confines of her home, envisioning a space where she could not only showcase her creations but also engage with her community on a more personal level.

The pivotal turning point came with the support of PCAP, particularly in the form of a loan from the West Virginia Capital Access Fund (WVCAP), which enabled Marie to secure the additional funding needed to lease the old Billie’s Diner and transform it into the vibrant retail space that is now Boxer Craft House.

The journey from the basement to the bustling main street location was not just about bricks and mortar; it was a testament to Bressler’s resilience, creativity, and unwavering determination. PCAP’s support was more than just financial; it was a catalyst that propelled Bressler towards her aspirations, turning what seemed impossible into a tangible reality.

The impact of PCAP’s assistance extended beyond mere numbers on a balance sheet. Bressler fondly recalls how PCAP’s loan empowered her to fulfill her lifelong dream, echoing sentiments shared by her husband, Wayne.

“Marie’s dedication to her craft and her community is truly inspiring. Partner Community Capital is proud to support entrepreneurs like Marie who are not only building businesses but also strengthening communities,” said Kevin O’Connor, Senior Vice President & Central Appalachian Market Manager.

“Marie's story is a testament to the transformative power of community-focused financial support. We are honored to have played a part in her journey,” he added.

“Marie’s story is a testament to the transformative power of community-focused financial support. We are honored to have played a part in her journey,” he added.

As Bressler looks towards the future, she envisions Boxer Craft House as not just a retail store but a vibrant hub of creativity, learning, and community engagement. With plans to offer sewing classes, embroidery workshops, and a wide array of products catering to craft enthusiasts, Bressler’s journey is far from over.

Partner Community Capital, through its support and belief in Bressler’s dream, has ignited a spark of inspiration within the community. Bressler’s story is a testament to the transformative power of community-focused financial support and the resilience of the human spirit in turning dreams into reality.

In March 2024, Boxer Craft House was named the Top Local Quilt Shop in West Virginia; a competition based on customer votes. This recognition put Bressler’s business among the top 100 quilt shops in the nation.

For more information on PCAP’s loan programs, visit www.partnercapital.org. Kevin O’Connor, Senior Vice President & Central Appalachian Market Manager can be reached at koconnor@partnercapital.org 

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