Janus Nelson attended the Fashion Design School on Newbury Street in Boston. At 19 years old, she opened The Workshop in Litchfield located underneath the old corner drugstore on South St. She rented the store for $20 a month. It was here she made and sold her own line of clothing and the business took off.
Eventually she outgrew her original shop on South Street and in 1983 moved The Workshop around the corner to a much larger space on the Litchfield Green. In the Winter of 2013, Janus bought and renovated the former historic horse stables of Cobble Court for the new home of Workshop Inc.
Workshop Inc. sells sophisticated and diversified Women’s Apparel & Accessories which include Arche, Beyond Threads, Nic+Zoe, Geiger of Austria, Kinross Cashmere, Planet, Amy Khan Russell, Pleats Please, Bao Bao Bags by Issey Miyake, Kuna, Alpaca, Ivko, Johnny Was, Lissette L, Fareinheit by Connie Bates and a unique collection of Hand Crafted Jewelry & Home Accents from around the World.
Today, Janus can proudly boast that there are over 10,000 customers in her data base that come from all four corners of Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and beyond to shop at the Workshop.