Welcome to Water Street Studio

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915 A Sophia Street, Fredericksburg, VA
on the second floor

What’s in a Name?

As we were choosing a name for our writing and arts working and teaching space, we wanted it to describe both the location at our address on the banks of the Rappahannock and our city of Fredericksburg. We wanted to honor the river, the town and its people, their interests and enthusiasms, which inspire us as artists.

On many old maps of Fredericksburg, Sophia Street was alternatively called Water Street. Water, river, growth in the arts, roots, sustenance, all images seemed to come together in that name.

Stop by to shop in our gift store, sign up for a class, or to see what we do! We want to be a creative space for artists and writers of all ages.

Susan Carter Morgan
Lynette L. Reed
Elizabeth W. Seaver

Sophia Street- Explore downtown by the river!!


We Sophia Street stores have decided to run a promotion for the month of November. Buy anything from any of the stores listed above, and your name will be entered for a drawing on Small Business Saturday– the prize is a $25 gift certificate to be used at any of the stores listed. Two will be drawn!!

We think our corner of #downtown #fxbg is pretty cool. Stop by and see what’s new!

Welcome Fall


We are gearing up for fall with lots happening in the studio:


Getting involved in Main Street

Our Anniversary! October 18 6-9 pm

Welcoming new neighbors

Watching the leaves change…

Opening our windows to breathe fresh air!!

Planning for Small Business Saturday (watch for a special Sophia Street Shops program)

Now, I think we need to get our fall decorations up. Pumpkin spice anyone?

After a short break……


We’ve had a few moments where life got in the way of the studio lately, something we always promised ourselves we would absolutely let happen. So we took off some time in August, and this month we’ve opened sporadically.

But now…. WE’RE BACK! Sunday 12-4 and Wednesday- Saturday 10-5, our new fall hours.

Don’t forget to check out two upcoming classes–book binding and memoir writing! You can register online or email us at writingandarts@gmail.com

We’ve missed you! Please stop in to say hello….

xoxo Elizabeth, Lynette, and Susie



Adjusted Hours This Week

Family things will occupy two of the three of us this week. We are adjusting our hours, so please take note: Sunday, regular hours, Monday and Tuesday, closed, Wednesday 12-2, Thursday 12-4, and Friday 10-4.

If you need something from the shop or want to register for a class, email or call as we will actually be working on M&T though the door will be locked. We’re sneaky like that!

October is BIG


So big, it needs its own blog post! Yes, it’s the anniversary of our little shop. Can you believe we’ve been open for nearly a year? And we’re going to celebrate in a BIG way. Mark Oct. 18 on your calendar. Now. Go mark it. Because you won’t want to miss our celebration.

And while you’re marking your calendar, take note of two classes in October. For you bookbinders, there’s a class in Exposed Stitch Bindings on Oct. 12. You’ll need to have taken Basic Bookbinding, but check with Elizabeth or Lynette for the details.  For the writers, join Steve Watkins as he leads a 4-week Memoir Writing Workshop. That’s right, he’s back. We have limited space and we’re halfway filled, so don’t delay on this one. Call Susan for details: 540-907-9732

BIG. I told you.