small items used in sewing, such as buttons, zips, and thread.
Located at 6819 Germantown Avenue in the charming Mt. Airy neighborhood, Needles & Bolts is a space catering to modern quilters and stitchers of all ages and abilities, a place to learn, explore and create!
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1. How did you come up with the name of your business?
Our original plan was to be a mobile quilt shop before having a storefront so it was a play on words with bolts being part of a truck and also how fabric is stored.
2. How did you get started in this business?
I’ve been a quilter since 2006 and always loved making especially with fiber. I think COVID really changed a lot of priorities for people and I was looking for the next chapter of my work life that wasn’t a corporate job, doing something I love, being part of the community and being happy doing it for the long haul.
3. If you could only choose one song to play every time you walked into a room, what would it be?
All I Really Want - Alanis Morissette.
4. Where do you go in Philadelphia for inspiration?
Reading Terminal Market.
5. Where was your last road trip?
Before COVID, a good friend of mine and I drove from Florida to Colorado as part of a business event I was working.
6. If you wrote a memoir, what would be the title?
7. What’s your favorite piece of Philly culture?
The LOVE statue is a spot I always try to visit when I’m in Center City - I love what it represents - the O is crooked bc love isn’t perfect.
8. What’s your favorite local meal?
I love a Jim’s cheesesteak and I never met a Stephen Starr restaurant that I didn’t like.
9. What makes you laugh?
Other people laughing, cat videos, people eating hot foods and how they react.
10. What is one thing you need in your workspace to make it your own?
Lots of blank notebooks, mechanical pencils and a great playlist.
11. What did you want to be when you were younger? Does that have any significance to what you do now?
I knew as a young girl I wanted to be a teacher. It’s definitely part of my life now, teaching others how to sew!
12. What is one book that changed your perspective?
Leaders Eat Last - Simon Sinek.
13. What do you need to make a decision?
A little time to weigh all the options.
14. What’s the best question you’ve ever been asked?
What 3 things would I put in a time capsule of my life?
15. What has been your most satisfying moment in business?
Hearing members of the community tell me how happy they are that I’m open.