PRESTONSBURG – The Sew-N-Love Shoppe opened its door with a ribbon cutting ceremony from the Floyd County Chamber of Commerce on Monday. Business owner Jan Joseph confided she is excited to be in Prestonsburg and hopes to promote the art of sewing which she believes is an important part of Appalachian culture.
“I have been sewing since I was seven years old,” said Joseph. “It is something I love to do, so being able to open a business doing something I am passionate about is a wonderful feeling and experience.”
Joseph may be a new business owner, but she has worked with the public for many years. Graduating from college with a degree in Psychology she worked with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services as a social worker. After leaving the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, she worked as a secretary at the Floyd County Area Technology Center. Work is something Joseph values and she hopes to share her love of sewing with others.
“I want to be able to provide quality fabric at a good price for others who enjoy sewing in Prestonsburg and this area,” said Joseph. “I also hope to teach sewing classes in the future, because home economics and sewing are things that are not taught in the public schools anymore. A local pastor also gave me a good idea of offering a date night opportunity where a couple can have dinner at Bill Ray’s Restaurant and stroll up the sidewalk to our shop to work on a sewing project together. This is the perfect place for those couples that are so in love.”
Currently, the store offers fabric and quilting supplies. Eventually, the Sew-N-Love Shoppe will offer a section featuring handcrafted fabric items. Although now she doesn’t plan to focus much on services such as alterations, upholstery, and monogramming, she does have a bulletin board inside the store for individuals who do offer those services can post their contact information. For those looking for someone to do sewing services can check out the bulletin board for a referral.
The Sew-N-Love Shoppe will hold its grand opening sale on Saturday. Specials set for Saturday are $1 off a yard on all bolt fabric and fat quarters on sale for $1.50.
March 18 is National Quilters Day Out. The sale will be back on for that day only. The Floyd County Quilt Guild will be at the store working on projects and Joseph encourages anyone needing help on a project to visit her store. The shop will also offer hourly door prizes and light refreshments during National Quilters Day Out.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.