SIS­TERS are do­ing it for them­selves at the R&C Fabrics and Linen store in Moss­man, which has been serv­ing and sat­is­fy­ing cus­tomers for nearly 30 years with their friendly smiles and help­ful hints

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Romona and Cathy Verri opened the fab­ric store in Au­gust 1981 af­ter hav­ing worked in the orig­i­nal Jack & Newell and Marshes Drap­ery stores in Moss­man dur­ing the ’60s and ’70s.

“The Jack & Newell’s drap­ery store ended up clos­ing down so my sis­ter and I de­cided to ex­tend the ser­vice to the town,” Romona said.

Since then the drap­ery store evolved into a much-loved patch­work and quilt­ing shop which still of­fers stan­dard drap­ery lines, dress ma­te­rial, cur­tain­ing and a small range of Manch­ester.

“We love patch­work. Dress-mak­ing and dress ma­te­ri­als has again be­come in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar as a lot of peo­ple want to choose their own style and fabrics them­selves,” she said.

“We pride our­selves on of­fer­ing in­di­vid­ual and per­sonal cus­tomer ser­vices. When peo­ple come into our store it is not only about the sale it’s about shar­ing new ideas and wel­com­ing peo­ple from all walks of life.

“We love meet­ing new sew­ers, chil­dren and adults, as they are all very dif­fer­ent and unique. Tra­di­tional per­sonal ser­vice is some­thing spe­cial that we of­fer be­cause it is some­thing you don’t get in the chain stores.”

Their love for patch work­ing is also shared with mem­bers of the com­mu­nity through their quilt­ing work­shops.

“The work­shops are very im­por­tant for the busi­ness as it opens op­por­tuni- ties for peo­ple to share their ideas and cre­ativ­ity,” she said.

The an­nual Leukaemia Foun­da­tion’s Air­ing of the Quilts takes place over a week­end dur­ing the Port Dou­glas Car­ni­val, held at the Moss­man Indoor Sports Cen­tre.

Cathy and Romona were in­stru­men­tal in start­ing the event and their stu­dents of­ten ex­hibit work.

For the past three years R&C Fabrics and Linen has also run a patch­work chal­lenge.

This year’s chal­lenge con­sisted of tra­di­tional block cush­ions that were do­nated to leukaemia hos­pi­tal units in Townsville and Bris­bane.

R&C Fabrics and Linen also sells a range of PFAFF sewing ma­chines and of­fers re­pair ser­vices.

Af­ter 29 years, Romona and Cathy are think­ing about re­tire­ment and would love to have more time to com­plete un­fin­ished projects.

“Cathy has al­ways wanted to com­plete a proper tex­tile and de­sign course and I have al­ways wanted to do more patch work­ing so it will be good when we can stop work­ing and fo­cus on our un­fin­ished projects,” Romona said.

Is there some­one you en­joy do­ing busi­ness with who has a story to tell? Email your rea­sons and their de­tails to gazette@ tpd.newsltd.com.au

Photo by ALI­SON GE­ORGE

Car­ing about qual­ity: Cathy Verri, An­gelina DAddona and Ra­mona Verri from R & C Fabrics

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