Fabric Row Makeover
On October 18th, 2013 an article in The Inquirer came out called “Fabric Row Makeover”. This article was about how during the Design Philadelphia festival on south fourth street’s Fabric Row was receiving allot of attention from the crowds and how even though this family business is slower than usual the merchants for this business aren’t complaining but are happy of the fact that they are still in business.
The article also talks about how this business is morphing into something new and reinventing themselves and how generations of Philadelphians have been going to Fourth Street to acquire material whether it was for proms, weddings, furniture, or upholstery. The article mention how the area where which the store is located was moistly populated by Jewish immigrants and makes the majority of the customers and workers in that area. But there was fire that took out the west corner of Fitzwater Street and the shops that were on that corner, but the store was rebuilt. It was also mentioned that “In an effort to preserve Fabric Row’s essential character, the design Collaborative is putting the final touches on a plan for the street. It’s a balancing act, aimed at stabilizing its traditional businesses while also encouraging new ones to continue locating in the district”.
Overall Fabric Row is a family business that has been around for generations and is a great place to purchase your fabrics. So whenever you are looking into making a dress for prom or in need of fabric for a sewing project for school go to Fabric Row and support the Philadelphia shops.