Alter Creations tailors to good taste
Alter Creations, Inc., owner Martha Lucia Paul doubts she’s ever seen a clothing challenge she can’t mend, be it a delicate dress or a ski jacket.
"Basically, what I’m saying is, you can just go into the store and choose the color you like and it can be too wide or too long, and I can fix it," she says. "I can even change the design, if you like."
She doesn’t mind sharing exactly what she thinks, either.
"I’m pretty honest and what’s funny, and I don’t know if it’s because I’m from Columbia and don’t speak English well, but people appreciate that," she says. "People might wonder about my experience, but I am a woman with good taste&I like to see people leave my store happy, thinking ‘Martha really helped me.’"
Paul’s store in Silver Summit is little over 18 months old, but already she says she has ambitions of expanding to Salt Lake and beyond. "I want to make Alter Creations one of the biggest tailoring companies in the state," she boasts.
Her clientele includes members of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team, and she has managed to attract quite a following with the help of the owners of her former employer, Darn ‘it, a Park City tailor that has since closed its doors.
To know Paul’s personal history, is to believe that she might be able to do it all even go to law school in the states, which is, by the way, one of her other projects.
"When I’m not working here, I’m studying to get into law school," she says. "I am 41 years old, but I don’t care if I have to spend 10 years [to get my degree]."
Paul decided she would try to become an immigration lawyer after surviving the process of seeking asylum in the U.S. November 8, 2005, she received word from a Virginia judge that the U.S. had approved her family’s proposal to stay in the country.
"I was fighting the guerillas [in Columbia] and my husband was captured by them to threaten me&When they returned him, 14 days later, we left for United States," she says."
Three years ago, when Paul, her husband and daughter left Columbia, Darn ‘it hired her on to alter clothing.
In Columbia, Paul was studying to be a lawyer, but clothing has always been a hobby of hers, she says.
"I like to create and I like to invent play with color, fabric," Paul confesses. " I like to see how my creations look on people."
Paul admits she has a project or two stowed away, but mostly she sticks to alterations. "I can do everything you can imagine in alterations," she says, adding she will sew anything from bedding to snow pants.
While Paul has considered moving closer to Park City, she says she likes the available free parking in front of her business at Silver Summit.
She commutes from her home in Salt Lake every day, where she will occasionally also do alterations. She lived in Park City for a while, she says, but wasn’t used to the snow, so the family moved.
Paul plans to open a second location in Salt Lake in the near future.
"I guess I want to say thank you from my heart," she says. "My customers are my real support and they give me the strength to be better&My husband, my daughter, they are my inspiration."
Alter Creations, Inc., is located at 6436 North Business Park Loop Road, Unit D, off of Interstate 80’s exit 2. During the winter, the store is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 658-4432.
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