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Heard on the Street: Rochester sewing shop to close

January 8, 2019

Every project has a final stitch, and that’s coming soon for Kelley’s Quality Sewing Center.

Owners Darlene and John Kelley have launched a closing/retirement sale at their shop at 3432 55th St. NW in the Northwest Plaza. The store will close at the end of the sale.

“We are so grateful for the lifelong friendships we have forged with all of you sewists (sic) who share our passion for the art of sewing. The consideration of closing our store has been difficult, and the decision to retire was not made quickly or easily,” they wrote in the announcement of the store closure.

The pair have served Rochester’s sewing community for more than 30 years in a variety of locations.

Darlene Kelley originally opened Quality Sewing Machine Center in the Northgate Shopping Center in 1985. John Kelley, who previously owned the Read More Bookstore in downtown Rochester, joined her in 1987.

In 2003, they sold the business to an employee, but they took it back over in 2008. That’s when they renamed it Kelley’s Quality Sewing Center.

The store moved to a 5,200-square-foot space in Northwest Plaza, near Sams Club.

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