Business Member Spotlight: Cool Cottons

Cool Cottons is our business member for October. Thanks to owner Marie for supporting PMQG--and for telling us a little more about this wonderful fabric shop!

It's the best fabric shop on Hawthorne! 

What makes your business special or different than others in your industry?  
I would like to think it our exceptional customer service. Our employees Linda Nussbaum & Teresa Coates are supremely talented, helping you choose the perfect fabrics just scratches the surface of their many areas of expertise. Plus we're in a great old house that showcases fabric beautifully.        

How long have you been doing this?  
I can't believe it but we are coming up on 8 years! 

What's the most important thing you’ve had to learn to do your job well?   
Pick one thing and try to do it  really well rather than doing a lot of things half way. Since we are a small space, we concentrate on cool modern fabrics and leave the buttons, trims, etc. to other shops that do those well.                                             

What do you see as a significant aesthetic trend right now?   
I don't see anything specific. Maybe things are in transition but everyone seems to be all over the place ... it makes things very interesting. 

What’s the strangest thing a customer has ever asked you?  
I had a guy ask me to hem his pants while he was wearing them. 

Any new products or services you’d like to mention?  
Since Teresa has come on board there has been talk of bringing back some classes/instruction/groups/allaroundfunstuff.  Nothing solid yet, but we'll post on our website and facebook when we have specifics.  Oh, and watch for a birthday promotion in 2015 ( get the presents).    

Why do you like being a business member of PMQG?  
I think the PMQG does a good job of highlighting local shops and encouraging members to shop local. As a small business I cannot tell you how much that means to us.  Thank you.  In turn,  I am happy to support the guild.  I love seeing the projects you all are working on.  I especially love the medallion-along, what a great alternative to a block of the month.                                                       

If you couldn’t work in the quilting/sewing world, what would your dream job be?  
None ... I would retire and have the best small garden in the world! 

Business Info:

Cool Cottons
2417 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214