Our Story


The Lunenburg Makery is currently an online platform for learning, making, and gathering around craft. In 2012, we opened a multi-purpose craft space in the historic Burns Block building including sewing facilities, a library and reading area, and a retail space and studios. We offered workshops and courses as well as drop-in projects, sew-by-the-hour, evening craft circles, and studio space.

Over the years, we've drawn on a rich community of Makers for our instructor base and we have worked with a small group of creative and passionate staff to keep things going on a day-to-day basis. Needle felting kits were added to our established felt sewing kit line-up in 2015 and the collection has grown steadily ever since! Based on the overwhelming success of the wholesale and online end of our business the decision was made in October 2019 to close the physical Lincoln Street shop in order to focus on export.

Meet some of the people who make up the Makery community below.

The Makers

Heather Rose Learie 

Born in New Brunswick but spent her childhood in B.C. and PEI. Currently stationed in Halifax, she is finishing up the last of her Fine Arts degree at NSCAD, where she majors in drawing. 

Heather spends her time exploring a multi-disciplinary practice with a focus on drawing mediums as well as textiles. Memory and a lineage of textile makers informs her current work and is always at the heart of her practice.





Leslie Wright and Brian Arnott jointly created and developed The Makery in the spring of 2012. On an ongoing basis, Leslie and Brian jointly manage The Makery's parent company, The Buzz Holdings Inc, and Leslie continues as the point of contact for the store manager.

Leslie comes with a long managerial history in community social and economic development including having led both social service and community development agencies.

Brian comes to Luvly with a long history of facility development both in the public and private sectors. As a specialist consultant, he has been a member of many architectural design teams on large projects and has purchased and improved dozens of residential and small commercial properties.


Alicia Steeves
Andrew Maize
Angela Churchill
Caitlin Rooney
Hangama Amiri
Joana Close
Johanna Hayes
Kelly Barker
Kat Frick Miller
Marrie Berkelaar
Micheline Courtemanche
Michelle Engel
Rebecca Roher
Rita Van Tassel
Shannon Sponagle
Zachary Mollica