Mas­ter tai­lor comes to Por­terdale

Gigi’s opens in the Por­terdale Mill Lofts

The Covington News - - BUSINESS - By Rachel Oswald

Though Gigi Shi­nall has worked in the very heart and cen­ter of At­lanta’s fash­ion in­dus­try, the mas­ter tai­lor says that for her, Por­terdale is where it’s at now.

For­mally known as Shi­nall of At­lanta, Gigi Shi­nall changed the name of her 26- year- old busi­ness to Gigi’s in 1991. Three years later she moved her busi­ness to Cony­ers where she was lo­cated un­til the Por­terdale Mill Lofts opened last year.

Gigi’s does all types of al­ter­ations in ad­di­tion to de­sign­ing win­dow treat­ments and up­hol­ster­ing chairs and so­fas.

Af­ter at­tend­ing week­end flea mar­kets in Por­terdale for years and get­ting to know the his­tory of the city as well as meet­ing many of its res­i­dents whom she de­scribes as “ down to earth,” Shi­nall said she jumped at the chance to move into the Lofts when they opened last fall.

A mas­ter tai­lor and a fash­ion de­signer, Shi­nall said she was at­tracted to the al­ter­ations busi­ness be­cause it al­lows her to be creative and to work with the things she loves.

“ I love col­ors,” Shi­nall said.

With two full time tai­lors ( in­clud­ing her­self) and one part- time ap­pren­tice, cus­tomers won’t have to wait long for their or­ders to be com­pleted.

Prices vary for al­ter­ations at Gigi’s with a sim­ple pants hem cost­ing $ 8 and a jacket hem cost­ing $ 20. Al­ter­ations typ­i­cally take one week to com­plete said Shi­nall though rush or­ders can be done in one day for an ex­tra fee.

Though Gigi’s has many up­hol­stery sam­ples in- house to choose from, cus­tomers can also bring their own ma­te­rial to be up­hol­stered or dressed. Up­hol­stery or­ders typ­i­cally take three to four weeks to com­plete as do win­dow treat­ments said Shi­nall.

Shi­nall’s ser­vices are also avail­able as an in­te­rior dec­o­ra­tor. Shi­nall said she does make house calls and will work one- on- one with her cus­tomers to come up with the per­fect dec­o­rat­ing scheme for their home.

Rachel Oswald/The Cov­ing­ton News

Per­sonal touch: Gigi Shi­nall works on an up­hol­stery or­der for a cus­tomer in her Por­terdale Mill Lofts stu­dio. Gigi also of­fers win­dow treat­ments, cus­tom blinds, shut­ters and al­ter­ations.

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