New business selling handmade bags, other products comes to Hudson

HUDSON For nearly a few decades, Sarah Bertochi offered business furnishings as an outside the house product sales rep.

The position paid out the payments but did not fulfill her. So she determined to embark on a new path, and will soon open a new retail outlet in downtown Hudson, Sarah Bertochi-Handmade.

“I’m entirely reinventing myself,” said Bertochi, 59, of Marlborough. “When I initially retired from my gross sales occupation, I stated that was my chapter a person. This is my chapter two.”

The keep, which will open at 63A Most important St., will provide bags Bertochi helps make from cloth designs that she has developed, as effectively as handmade merchandise from other artists, each area and in the course of New England.

Sarah Bertochi, left, and Hudson artist Stephanie Krist discuss where to hang an abstract painting at Sarah Bertochi-Handmade at 63A Main St. in downtown Hudson, March 23, 2023.

Though working her complete-time work, Bertochi was also a textile artist, generating designs on numerous eco-welcoming materials. As a creative outlet, she began utilizing individuals models to make bags, these as totes and handbags.

“I was truly making the most of what I was executing, and I started creating handbags for my good friends and it kind of snowballed into this enterprise,” she mentioned.