Alan Guevara, owner and founder of Vara Upholstery, opened his
own shop after he quickly learned that the boat he had saved all his
money to buy, needed a full interior, but he simply could not afford
it. He apprenticed at a local shop and learned as much as he could,
while not only the trade, but also great customer relations from the
owner of the shop he chose to apprentice for.
He learned how to run a sewing machine quickly and became the
best machine operator in the shop within 6 months. Shortly after
that he ventured out on his own, operating out of his garage for 2
years, but quickly realized he could not operate a professional
business, working on expensive boats, out of a garage... so he
moved into an actual shop and Vara Upholstery was created.
Several years later, his name and his fully customized, 1989
Chaparral boat (Stitch), his pride and joy, became very well known
in the boating community of his hometown of Woodbridge, Virginia.
In 2017, after meeting his soulmate on a vacation break, Alan
decided that the place he constantly visited and liked to call his
"home away from home", St Pete, FL, was bound to be his next
forever home, and in 2019 the move was made.
Now, he begins his new journey, bringing his same style of charisma
and devotion to his work and customers down to the sunshine
2326 16th Ave N, St. Petersburg,
Telephone: +1 727 600 3621