BITTERSWEET FAREWELL: Sew Creative owners Gail Chalker, Jenniffer Harch and Janelle Diete say their goodbyes to “friends not customers’’ at their closing-down sale.
BITTERSWEET FAREWELL: Sew Creative owners Gail Chalker, Jenniffer Harch and Janelle Diete say their goodbyes to “friends not customers’’ at their closing-down sale. Francis Witsenhuysen

Gatton's quilters unstitched

SEW Creative in Gatton has closed its doors after eight years of solid business and support from the community.

Business partners Gail Chalker, Jenniffer Harch and Janelle Diete, who are retiring, bought the business about eight years ago, when all three were employees there.

"Being three grandmas, we decided we'd buy it," Mrs Chalker said.

"We took over on the first of October, 2007," she said.

The trio agreed the closure of one of the last quilt shops in the region, was bittersweet.

"We have made some lifelong friends at the shop, so it's sweet that we are going to have a rest, but it's sad at the same time," Mrs Chalker said.

"Customers are not only customers here, they are friends," she said.

"We forget who owns the shop and they do too.

"The thing that was so good about Sew Creative is that it was more like a community centre than a retail shop.

"We've given a few thousands quilts out since we've been here and we don't make a song and dance about it, we just give to people in need.

"A lot of ladies have found they can come in here and have a cuppa and feel like it's like a support network.

"People travel from all over to come in here. And those with family or health problems can come in for some respite."

Mrs Chalker said the owners would be parting as friends: "We see each other more than our husbands".

"We've all been there for each other in real times of need and we will definitely still be in each other's lives after Sew Creative closes," she said.


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