Moving her business from after 11 years in the village was a no-brainer for Ridgewood Needlepoint owner Vanessa Holloschutz.
The advantages were many: $300 less per month in rent, approximately 500 more square feet of retail space and — most importantly — parking, parking, parking.
"Lots of parking," Holloschutz said. "If there was one complaint we got at the other store, it was about the parking [in Ridgewood]."
Ridgewood Needlepoint's new location at 391 Clinton Ave. has a convenient 24-space parking lot that she expects will sate and satisfy her customers.
And the soothing qualities of needlepoint seem to be among the craft's most desireable qualities.
"People say needlepoint is extremely relaxing," said Holloschutz, a Franklin Lakes resident. "And it's cheaper than therapy."
Employees Stephanie Mandelbaum, Sally Clark and Gail Fayerweather smiled and nodded in agreement, explaining that you could work on needlepoint while watching TV, while chatting with friends, even while traveling.
The women were at the still-unopened Wyckoff store early Friday morning to help Holloschutz put the finishing touches on the new location.
Their goal is to open for business on Wednesday, Sept. 5, Holloschutz said.
With the help of local teen carpenter Thomas Ela and Real Estate Agent in late August, Holloschutz was able to relocate sooner than expected and get to work on arranging the thousands of color-coded samples of thread, setting up various displays and assembling the back-room office.
Soon she expects customers, old and new, to be back in the store buying thread, patterns, needles and taking part in various classes.
Among the most popular activities held at the store, the "stitch and chat" is an "informal class where students sit around a table with one of the staff members and work on their projects," Holloschutz said.
The customers can sit around the store's large wooden table and take advantage of the staffs' surplus of knowledge or just take enjoy their good company.
For more information on Ridgewood Needlepoint visit their new home at 391 Clinton Ave. or call the store at 201-612-7700.
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