Tailoring and alterations shop opens at Memorial Episcopal

alterations sign on a fence outside of a churgeAn Afghan family, settled in Bolton hill as refugees from that troubled nation, has opened a tailoring and alterations shop in the Bolton Street courtyard at Memorial Episcopal Church.

Abobaker Tahiri, 19, and the family’s primary English speaker, said his family operated a tailor and clothing manufacturing shop with as many as a dozen employees  in downtown Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital, before the Taliban takeover. His father, Mohammad Arif Tahiri, opened the neighborhood shop to serve the community that has welcomed them, and to supplement the income that he and his wife bring home from tailoring work they perform for a shop in Towson.

As the sign indicates, the Tahiris are available most days through a phone number that Abobaker answers.  “We’ve had a good response from church people and neighbors,” he said.

Although he is engaged in the alterations shop, Abobaker hopes to find full-time work for himself  and, eventually, study software engineering at UMBC, he said. The Tahiri family includes his parents and three siblings — two brothers and a sister who are enrolled in school. For information about tailoring, alterations or other sewing projects, drop by or call 443-440-7477.