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Getting to know your neighbor: New addition completed at Fabric Cottage

A FACE LIFT — The addition of a new room was recently completed at the Fabric Cottage, located at 33 Pearl St. in Springville. Owner Carolyn Johnson said that the new addition will be used for sewing classes and as a display for products. A re-grand opening will be held Jan. 18, 19 and 21, to introduce the space to customers. Photos by Jessie Owen.
SPRINGVILLE — The Fabric Cottage in Springville is celebrating the tail end of its fifth year in business by holding a re-grand opening Jan. 18 to reveal its new addition to the public.

Owner Carolyn Johnson said that, while she sees other businesses’ struggling to stay afloat in today’s economy, many never reaching their fifth year, her business is going strong, while gearing up for its sixth anniversary.

A new, 14-by-16-foot room was added to the rear of the Fabric Cottage and now houses the business’s sewing classes, some of its stocked fabric and tables for customers’ use. “Thanks to Klahn Builders, it went like clockwork,” Johnson said, of the construction, which began in November and finished shortly before Christmas. “People were so surprised when they came in here. Klahn did a fabulous job.”

The Fabric Cottage remained open, during the construction period, but, when the new room was revealed, Johnson was able to purchase “lots of new shipments” which she would not have had room for, before. “My husband [Jack] has been building shelves for me,” she said. “I really had no wall space. Now, for me, this much space is huge. It’s made a big difference.”

The business stocks cotton, flannel and fleece fabric; notions, including buttons, zippers, pins and thread; DMC® embroidery floss; patterns and “anything that involves sewing,” according to Johnson.

OH 'SEW PRETTY — Pictured is the Fabric Cottage's new back room addition.
In addition to offering more room in which to display products, the new space is also utilized for Johnson’s sewing classes, which are held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. “The classes are small, so people get a lot of one-on-one attention,” she said. Johnson said that some guest teachers also grace the Fabric Cottage classes.

The class schedule is listed on a bulletin board inside the Fabric Cottage and is also sent to individuals who receive the business’s newsletter.

Johnson credited her business’s success to both returning and new customers. “I have a good base, but I always get new people who either just found me or just got a sewing machine,” she said. “My business saves people a drive; they can stay in town.” She said that the Fabric Cottage attracts customers from many locales, including Arcade, Collins and West Valley, in addition to Springville and Concord.

“We help people with tips on their sewing or whatever they need,” she said. “We want to do everything we can to make your sewing experience better. We have friendly service and that helps to establish rapport with our customers.”

WHAT SHOULD WE MAKE TODAY? — Fabric Cottage owner Carolyn Johnson hangs out in her shop’s new room, which receives natural light from many sides, to provide ample light to sewers.
The re-grand opening at the Fabric Cottage will feature sales throughout the store, additional hours and a drawing to win a bundle of fat quarters and a gift certificate. The event will be held Jan. 18 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Jan. 19 and 20 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Specials will be featured, each day.

The Fabric Cottage is located at 33 Pearl St. in Springville. Regular business hours are Tuesday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. To sign up for classes or a newsletter, call 592-4350.


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