Introducing...The Tin Thimble
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Describe your business. Did you find it, or did it find you?
The Tin Thimble is a family-owned and operated “creative sewing shop.” We carry felting supplies, wool rovings, new and vintage fabric, notions, new and vintage patterns, an assortment of handmade gifts, a small selection of knitting and crocheting supplies, and much more. We teach a wide variety of classes – everything from beginning sewing lessons to tatting to felting.
How are you involved with both the community and your customer?
We are always happy to donate fabrics to school projects, including senior projects, class projects, theatre programs, etc. When it comes to our customers, we love to help them finish their projects and we strive to be an inspiration for them, whether it’s through our ideas or by helping our customers develop their own.
Why is your staff the best in the business?
Because we’re all family! Sharon (mom) and Emma (daughter) own The Tin Thimble, but there are many other family members who contribute. Sharon’s other three daughters, Lisa, Jill and Hannah, keep things running smoothly. Along with Sharon’s sisters, Claire and Carin, working The Tin Thimble is a family affair.
Who is your role model in business or in life, and why?
We have taken great inspiration from the fact that all of our close family members are self-employed.
What’s your hidden talent?
While Emma spends her days at The Tin Thimble surrounded by all things crafty, by night she and her husband, Chris, are professional swing dancers.
What’s your favorite place to eat out locally?
Hands down, Newcastle Produce Market.
What’s your favorite local business other than your own?
We think that Erika and Sandy run a fabulous business over at The Tattered House in Old Town Roseville.
And finally, customer service is…?
The most important part of our business. Customers need to feel welcome to express their creativity while at The Tin Thimble. Here at the shop we make a point to create a warm and inviting environment, and to be knowledgeable about all of the products and services we offer.
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