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Historic downtown building has a new tenant

Sunday, August 31st, 2014 | Posted by

BOLT FabricBolt Fabric and Design, offering an unusual combination of quilting fabric and stylish home accessories, has moved into one of Cloverdale’s oldest historic buildings at 219 N. Cloverdale Blvd.

Owner Kate Barrett wanted to combine her love of fabrics and quilting with her retail management skills. After many years of setting up and launching retail stores around the country for her former employer, she says she is excited to finally be setting up and launching her own business in downtown Cloverdale

Her two business partners are Peter Rosson and her brother, David Barrett. Barrett is a realtor and the one who first learned the building was for sale late last year. Rosson is a designer whose keen eye for the offbeat and unique can be seen in the eclectic variety of affordable gift and home décor items.

Their selection includes quilting fabrics, notions and patterns that range from American Made Brand solid cottons to Certified Organic fabrics and thread, with a large offering of batiks, Retro and Civil War. They also carry French Toweling by the yard.

The store’s front area evokes an inviting living room feel. Barrett invites crafters to bring a crochet, knitting, needlepoint or hand stitching project and settle into one of the comfortable chairs to work on it.

Seamstresses can even drop in and use one of the three sewing tables with a cutting and ironing station and design wall free of charge.

Without compromising either the architectural and historical integrity of the building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, interior walls were removed to open up the space and make it more inviting.

The bathroom walls are adorned with framed copies of vintage patterns and in the middle of the store is a selection of vintage patterns for sale, including Simplicity, McCalls and Butterick.

An official Grand Opening celebration will take place in October. In the meantime, Bolt Fabric and Design is open Thursday to Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, contact them at 894-2658.

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Mary Jo Winter is our Cloverdale correspondent.
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