Business Spotlight: A Stitch in Time

Every month,  the City will be doing a spotlight on one of the City's amazing small businesses. This month's spotlight is on a Stitch in Time. Read below for an interview with owner Alison Hodgkiss  to learn more about this great store and how to support them!

Tells us your story! When did you open A Stitch in Time?
A Stitch In Time was first opened in 1970 by San Marino resident, Ginny Ross. I became the fifth owner of this business in 1989 when I bought the store from my mother, Doris Cope. She bought the store in the early 80’s so it has been in the family nearly forty years!

The store was originally in the space where the current tenant is Lamp Clinic. Then, we moved to the space where the San Marino Athletic Club used to be. Now, we are in the building that was once, The Andover Shop, a men’s clothing store. We have been in this space for over 20 years. Thanks to the larger space, we also opened a gift shop called Hodge Podge in a portion of the space.

Where did you get the idea for this business?
This needlepoint store has been around a long time but I have expanded what we carry to include custom canvases and our own line of needlepoint canvases.  We have a large variety of lines of threads and needlework tools and we also give lessons to help you learn how to make your canvas as beautiful as it can be!

Another service we do is finishing. We take our customer’s finished work and turn it into pillows, ornaments, or wall hangings.

Finally, Hodge Podge carries a a broad range of gifts from bath to home décor, baby gifts and much more!

How are you different from other businesses?
We provide excellent customer service! We are happy to help. In addition, we provide personal service to needlepoint and help you choose yarns and stitches. Finally, we ship to all of the United States and Internationally.

Hodge Podge has fresh, reasonably priced gift items. We try to have something for everyone. We offer free gift wrapping and are happy to help you ship gifts.

How can we shop at A Stitch in Time during COVID-19?
We are open 10am-5pm Monday-Friday and 10am-4pm on Saturdays. Because of our square footage, we can have 20 people in the shop at a time.

If customers prefer, we are happy to ship orders. Just give us a call to (626) 793-5217.

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