In 1978 Judith Fine was approached by two women to share a 3-month lease for a retail space in Thornes Marketplace. The other two women sold antiques, while Judith’s specialty was in custom sewing, and especially working with vintage laces. Inspired by these vintage textiles, Judith began designing and creating one-of-a kind lingerie. This initial venture was very successful, and led to a partnership with one of the women. They called this new endeavor Gazebo.
After about two and half years in Thornes, Judith and her partner decided to move into a large, independent retail space. Center Street offered everything they needed in a store- a beautiful space with high ceilings that offered more privacy than a space on Main Street.
After moving to the new location, Judith realized that she needed to rethink her product offerings- antique laces are very precious and not an everyday item. So, in addition to the custom sewing, one-of-a-kind lingerie, and a wholesale lingerie line, she began carrying retail items from other manufacturers. Shortly after the move, her partner moved on, and Judith maintained the 1200 square feet of retail space for lingerie, sleepwear, daywear, playwear, underwear and bras. She also designed one-of-a-kind non-traditional wedding gowns.
Through 36 years of business, Gazebo has undergone many changes. However, the original philosophy of helping people feel good about themselves has remained the major focus of everything that Gazebo does. This mantra has lead to the creation of other successful venues: all staff undergoes an extensive training in the art of properly fitting and customizing a bra for any body, and all full-time staff are certified mastectomy fitters.
Judith is the founder of The Breast Form Fund and the Show us Your Bra Campaign, which has raised thousands of dollars to help uninsured and under-insured women receive breast prostheses and post-mastectomy bras after surgery related to breast cancer. Though the Breast Form Fund dissolved in 2013, we are thrilled that our services are now offered through The Cancer Resource Foundation’s All4One Breast Form Fund.
In March of 2016, employees Donna McNeight and Amy Dickinson purchased Gazebo and Judith began what she refers to as her “re-wirement”. Donna and Amy look forward to carrying on all of the wonderful Gazebo traditions and services for many years to come!