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New alternations shop opens in mall

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Think of a koala bear when you say the name of a new sewing/alternation business that recently opened in Hickory Point Mall near Bergner’s.
Sew Koalaty (pronounced “quality”) reflects owner Jessica Devore’s love of koala bears, which she collects and displays in her shop. The store was previously occupied by Marie’s Tailor Shop before the owner retired.

" ‘We sew for you ... it’s so quality.’ That’s our motto," Devore said in describing a career path that began with an associate degree in fashion merchandising that led to a job in visual merchandising as a commercial window decorator. An interest in clothing drew her back to the classroom where she received a bachelor of science degree in fashion design from Illinois State University. In 2003, she opened an alteration business in her home in Clinton where she lives with her son and carpenter husband who built the shop. Coming to the mall has increased her business base, she said.

Alterations with hemming slacks and adding zippers to coats and working with leather products are just a few of Devore’s specialties which extend to pattern making, formal and bridal wear, custom drapery work and home decor including upholstery.

Sew Koalaty is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and closed on Sunday. A price list is available on Devore’s website at www.sewkoalaty.com.

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