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Rogers Brothers Fabrics, Trenholm Plaza: 17 Mar 08 (moved)   4 comments

Posted at 10:55 pm in stores

It seems to me there have always been fabric stores on this part of Forest Drive. Even with Rogers Brothers move to Divine, there's still Forest Lake Fabrics across the street near the former Frans. I do think there are fewer in general nowdays though. I suspect people (and to be non politically correct, women mostly) who can sew are a declining breed. When I was little, a fabric store was about the lowest place on the food chain of "stores my mother drags me to". Maybe paint stores with their endless color chips were lower. I haven't been in a fabric store in years, so I don't know if this is still true, but at the time, all the dyes on the fabrics were somewhat volatile so that your eyes would start to tear up almost immediately as you walked in. I don't know how people worked there; I guess they developed immunity. About the only thing to do while my mother looked at bolt after bolt of fabric, was to play under the tables, which for some reason generally seemed to all have a raised platform under the table top. In the cases where the table also had a skirt, you could go under the skirt and sit on the platform and pretend that you were in a little fort. There were generally also a number of yardsticks to play around with, but in the end there was still only so much you could do to keep away the thought that you were in a store with NOTHING BUT CLOTH and that your eyes were watering.

The move of Rogers Brothers adds to the recent loss of Tuesday Morning and leaves Trenholm Plaza with two vacancies. In general the place has either been lucky or well managed over the years, and vacancies have always been made good (even after the fires at Ponderosa and Fresh Market. I hope that continues to be the case.

UPDATE 27 July 2010: Rogers Brothers has now closed after their move.

Written by ted on March 25th, 2008

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  1. Some time back in the 80s, there was another fabric store in Trenholm Plaza, called "Piece Goods Shop". I seem to remember there being one of them on Two Notch Rd, too, somewhere in the Columbia Mall area.

    Oldie

    14 Apr 08 at 3:05 pm

  2. I remember my mom dragged me to fabric stores and thrift stores and all.

    James Greek

    20 Jun 09 at 6:14 pm

  3. There was also a Rogers Brothers off of St Andrews (The Clusters, I think) in the early 90's, but it must have closed in the later 90's.

    Somebody

    2 Mar 11 at 7:17 pm

  4. I remember Piece Goods Shop being at Richardson Plaza (543 St. Andrews Road) where Citi Trends is now as well and then they moved up the road to St. Andrews Square (4350 St. Andrews Road) and then the company went bankrupt and liquidated. Sports Trophies and a dry cleaner shop are now located where Piece Goods Shop was.

    Andrew

    2 Mar 11 at 10:39 pm

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