It's difficult to know what gives Carrie Small greater pleasure -- her sewing or her dogs. The Harwich woman has run Alterations Unlimited out of her tidy Lower County road antique home since 1989 and every customer is greeted with a bark.
"OK, Bella, over here. Delilah. Come!" Small says, leaving the customer temporarily outside the door as the canine reception committee is ushered to a nearby room in the home.
For Small, Isabella and Delilah are part of the fun that comes with working at a home-based business. The Cape Cod Regional Technical School fashion design graduate has welcomed customers into her personal space-- a crisp white home with black shutters and surrounding Cape Coastal plantings in the center of Harwich Port.
The studio exists in a series of little rooms in the back of the home with sewing machine, full-length mirror and lots of task lighting.
Customers put on the clothes requiring adjustment and Small returns with a pin cushion filled with colorful push pins.
A pull here and a tug there and the garment is ready for take-off. Orders are completed within a week.
Throughout it all, Isabella-- a fox terrier and Delilah-- a chihuahua, hover nearby, jumping to noisy attention only when there's a knock at the door.
"It's good to have them around" says Small. "They keep life interesting around here".
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