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Upper Room Studio

(Berlin,MD)

Upper Room was started by Monika Lilley just after giving up her Real Estate license in 2009. Upper Room was started as a fiber art business on the small family farm. She and her family had been spinning and doing other fiber art themselves for almost 10 years before taking the step of becoming a retail fiber shop. On Feb. 14, 2009, she opened shop carrying spinning wheels, looms, fibers and yarns. Her family has been instrumental in running the shop and she couldn't do it without them. She is the eldest of 8 children and all her siblings help her take care of the fiber animals, price and stock items, check customers out, do demos, and answer questions. Her parents are her biggest cheerleaders and she could never repay them for all they have done to encourage and help her along the way. As they met new people and got to know their customers, people would always express interest in the coconut oils they used and how did they grind their wheat for that delicious bread? The Lilley family had been grinding grain and baking bread for 12 years. During that time they had done much research and testing of products. Slowly, product by product they began to introduce to the store only the best products that they used and believed in. They are ever expending and adding new items. Upper Room and the Lilley family believe in as natural, joyful, and healthy living as possible. They have made it their priority to educate the public for total health of mind body and spirit. Our Natural Living section offers customers a choice selection of books and videos such as: Nourishing Traditions, The Virgin Coconut Oil Book, Green Beauty Guide, King Corn, Seeds of Deception, Homestead Blessing Series, and Big River. We also offer Virgin Coconut oils, Handmade Soaps, herbal salves, non-GMO popcorn, Herbs, Whole Wheat Berries, hand and electric Grain Grinders, Kitchen Equipment, Vitamins & Supplements, Heirloom Seeds and Plants, Berkey Water Filter Systems and Essential Oils. We love to share our knowledge and information with others so please ask if you have a question! Upper Room also offers Doula/Labor Support through it's branch: Shiphrah's Services. Shiphrah's Services is named after an ancient hebrew midwife filled with courage, kindness, wisdom, skill and a love of new life. Monika has been collaborating for years with her Mother, Lisa, who has a BS in nursing and is an experienced nurse in Labor and Delivery as well as homebirth. Monika herself, has been involved in over 30 births and has even been primary midwife for some of them. Most of the time though, she serves as Doula/Labor Support. A love of birth, babies, new mothers and natural care has followed her most of her life through her Mother. Together she and her Mother specialize in prenatal nutritional advice, labor support, post partum care and pre-conception classes, believing that a healthy birth begins long before conception. For more information please contact us! Fiber Arts: What a wide variety of fiber art supplies we have! Many different types of spinning wheels and looms from Schacht, Louet, Kromski, Majacraft, and Ashford, Lantern Moon knitting needles, a large selection of Louet and Ashford fibers, hand carders, Strauch Fiber Equipment, combs, silk worm cocoons, dyes, metallic fibers, Peace Fleece yarns, hand dyed yanrs and rovings, handmade stitch markers, needle felting supplies, hand painted buttons, handmade copper shawl pins, raw fleeces, handforged shawl pins and drop spindles, handspun yarns, silks, jewelry, kits, and even our own home grown angora, mohair, shetland and icelandic fleeces! Come meet our fiber animals and learn how to grow clothes, from the ground up! Upper Room also hosts a knit-in/spin-in every Thursday night at 7:30pm. All are welcome to come and work on their projects while they enjoy the company of other fiber lovers.

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