published Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Small Biz: Quilt charity turns into Hixson Pike, Chattanooga, business

Stacy Slockbower owns the Pins and Needles Quilt Shop, a Hixson store that opened in early August.
Stacy Slockbower owns the Pins and Needles Quilt Shop, a Hixson store that opened in early August.
Photo by John Rawlston.

• Name: Pins and Needles Quilt Shop

• Owner: Stacy Slockbower

• Location: 6425 Hixson Pike, Chattanooga

• Opened: Aug. 2

• Service: Pins and Needles Quilt Shop sells custom quilts, consignment quilts, fabrics, books and tons of quilt-related supplies. The shop also holds classes for quilters and a special 'Girls Night Out' class where participants create a table runner in about two hours. The shop also hosts private parties like baby showers or wedding showers.

• Prices: Fabric prices per yard range from $6 to $13, classes start at $35

• How it got started: Slockbower started quilting four years ago and recently started a non-profit, G.S. Quilts for a Cause, that creates quilts for families with terminally ill children or memory quilts for deceased children. After the charity was successful and well-received, Slockbower decided to turn her hobby into a job and opened the quilt shop.

Initial investment: under $50,000

• Five-year goal: Slockbower hopes to eventually franchise out and open another shop. She wants to set up in areas without a local quilt shop. "I think every town deserves a quilt shop," she said.

• Web site:

• Phone number: 423-668-8734

Compiled by Shelly Bradbury, who may be reached at 757-6525 or at

about Shelly Bradbury...

Shelly Bradbury covers police and crime in Chattanooga and Hamilton County for the Times Free Press. She's been with the paper since 2012, working first as an intern and then as a business reporter. She is from Houghton, New York, and graduated from Huntington University in Huntington, Indiana, with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and minor in management. Before moving to Tennessee, Shelly previously interned with The Goshen News, The Sandusky Register and The Mint ...

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