Over the last four years, we’ve worked with some amazing small businesses. The independent fabric stores that stock our patterns often carry amazing fabrics and supplies, and have the kind of caring service you only really get from independent businesses. We’ve even had the chance to meet many of the shop owners and staff in person.
For a long time now, we’ve been trying to think of ways to work with these businesses more. I know that you guys, our blog readers, are interested in supporting small businesses, and in learning where to buy cool fabric online or in your neighborhood.
On the other hand, I think we all get sick of being bombarded with ads. I know that for many blogs it is the price of admission for all the free content they offer. But I decidedly did not want to go the route of plastering our blog with advertising. Here is what we’re doing instead.
We will be featuring just one fantastic small business each month.
Each of these businesses will be relevant and interesting to you guys, whether they provide fabrics, classes, or cool supplies. Most of them will be from our family of retailers.
We’ll tell you what makes each special, and might even include other fun stuff like giveaways, discounts, or swatch reviews and suggestions.
Because we are only featuring one at a time, we feel like we can really take the time to show you some great stuff, rather than merely stick some ad buttons in your face.
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Have you heard the saying “a rising tide lifts all ships?”
A little corny perhaps, but it’s something I definitely believe in as a small business owner. The more we work together, the better off we all are.
Our goals for this new program are to make it fun and interesting for you guys, by introducing you to these wonderful shops and services we’ve worked with for so long. Our first partner, starting today, is the wonderful Grey’s Fabrics, and they are the perfect shop to kick us off. We’ll be writing more about them and their fabric offerings a little later, but I am thrilled that we’re starting off with such wonderful people (we met Sarah and her staff last year when they hosted our party in Boston).
Let me know what you think.
[image above: Photo from our party earlier this year at Grey’s Fabric]