Local small business, Sew Dayton announced today that they would be closing their doors on August 16th, 2016. After almost 4 years in business, owners Jesy Anderson and Tracy McElfresh have decided to open sewing studios of their own. Focusing more on the education side and having very limited retail.
“We have been so successful as a sewing shop in Dayton, that we decided we should offer more classes! With the retail it is hard to focus on the learning and figured if we both opened a sewing studio, we could teach twice as many people and can offer more focused classes.” Says Anderson and McElfresh, “We have fallen in love with teaching and really wanted to focus on that aspect.”
About Sew Dayton
Sew Dayton opened in 2012; as part of the Activated Spaces program supported by the Downtown Dayton Partnership and UpDayton.
Originally opening at 16 E. Brown Street in the fall of 2012, in October 2013 they moved to a bigger location at 261 Wayne Ave to accommodate the growing need for classes, unique fabrics and high quality notions.
The classes have been the most popular offering from Sew Dayton, which sparked the owners to consider closing the one shop to open two sewing studios.
“It really was a hard decision to make. We love downtown and the Oregon District. We love the community and we will miss everyone. It’s a decision that we made so that we can offer even more options the community. We will both still offer light alterations, classes, fun events at our new studio’s and we will both expand into producing custom sewing projects for customers.”
For closing timeline and information please visit www.sewdayton.com.
Both ladies hope to have their new studios open by September 1, 2016.
Tracy is still looking for the perfect space to locate Tracy’s Sewing Studio, LLC. Jesse will be opening Needle, Ink and Thread at the corner of Dayton- Xenia Road & Grange Hall is Beavercreek, which is in the same plaza as Decoy Art Studio.
“We would like to thank everyone who has supported Sew Dayton for the last 4 years. We have learned a lot from running a business together and are now excited to take a new direction with our own shops. It’s exciting and a positive addition for the community. We really hope to see familiar faces at the new shops!”