Owner / Master Upholsterer
Kevin Kennedy has been in the upholstery business for more than 40+ years. He began his career at Ruby’s in Waltham where he was tutored by European Masters. Kevin picked up extremely fast and in a few years he was considered a professional himself. His first store was Kennedy’s Upholstery in Wellesley. But it wasn’t until he opened up Upholstery On Broadway in Arlington and expanded his brand onto youtube that people started picking up on how talented he had become. Upholstery on Broadway has now been open for 8 successful years and his Youtube channel has over 14,000 subscribers.
Sales Manager / Fabric Consultant
My name is Mikayla. I have been drawing and creating things since I was very young. My mom always said she knew I would grow to be an artist as soon as she saw I had drawn the cover of The Lion King soundtrack to near perfection. I love to travel and take photos of all things natural. Digital photography is another passion of mine. Before college, I struggled with the decision of choosing between photography and illustration as my major, but I am glad to have chosen illustration, which i am currently studying at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
Here at Upholstery on Broadway i apply my art expertise to a variety of things going on here to the shop. From logos, to advertisements whatever needs an artists touch i am here to help!
Social Media Manager
Kevin’s son, Patrick Kennedy handles tech work for the company. Including web design, operation of social media outlets as well as photography and video directing on the upholstery on broadway youtube channel.
Remote Fabric Consultant
Pamela Powell did her first upholstering in 7th grade at Arlington Junior High East with Mr. Carey, when she built an upholstered footstool. She was one of the first girls in Arlington who was allowed to take ‘Shop’ as opposed to ‘Home Ec.’ Pamela is a strong believer in experiential education and loves teaching. She grew up in Arlington from the age of 4, has worked as a deckhand, 1st mate, and captain on ferry boats in Boston Harbor and beyond, sailed in the Caribbean, working on charter yachts as cook and crew, taught seamanship for Outward Bound, in Maine, Maryland, Florida, Boston Harbor and Puget Sound, wrote, The Turtle Watchers, a children’s novel that was published by Viking Press, taught English in Prague, Czechoslovakia, delivered mail as a postal carrier, taught writing to all ages, including as an author in schools all over the U.S. She has a B.A. from Goddard College, a MA degree in Education from UMASS Boston, and completed a three year training at The Synthesis Center in Amherst, MA. She has two fabulous children, Foster and Lydia. Lydia attends the Ottoson Middle School and Foster now attends Bennington College. Pamela lives with her life partner, Eric Deane in Arlington.
Broadway Upholstery School Crew
Slipcover Expert / Instructor
Bernice King has been making slipcovers for over 30 years. When the demand for slipcovers became a significant part of her window treatment and interior design business, she saw the need to improve her skills. First by taking classes then later teaching with the Slipcover Network, she found a source for “all things slipcover”. There she found sources for supplies and fabrics. There was also an endless supply of expertise offered by experienced slipcover makers. She taught at the annual Slipcover Summit for 13 years. Classes were offered in her studio as well. She later developed her own techniques designed to make the process more accurate, faster and easier on the body of the pinner.
She enjoys sharing her knowledge about slipcovers with all students; home sewers, as well as those who want to be in the slipcover business.
Monday-Friday: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am – 2:00pm
205 A Broadway