Small Biz: Quilt charity turns into Hixson Pike, Chattanooga, business

Small Biz: Quilt charity turns into Hixson Pike, Chattanooga, business

September 10th, 2013 by Shelly Bradbury in Business Around the Region

Stacy Slockbower owns the Pins and Needles Quilt Shop, a Hixson store that opened in early August.

Photo by John Rawlston /Times Free Press.

• Name: Pins and Needles Quilt Shop

• Owner: Stacy Slockbower

• Location: 6425 Hixson Pike, Chattanooga

• Opened: Aug. 2

• Service: Pins and Needles Quilt Shop sells custom quilts, consignment quilts, fabrics, books and tons of quilt-related supplies. The shop also holds classes for quilters and a special 'Girls Night Out' class where participants create a table runner in about two hours. The shop also hosts private parties like baby showers or wedding showers.

• Prices: Fabric prices per yard range from $6 to $13, classes start at $35

• How it got started: Slockbower started quilting four years ago and recently started a non-profit, G.S. Quilts for a Cause, that creates quilts for families with terminally ill children or memory quilts for deceased children. After the charity was successful and well-received, Slockbower decided to turn her hobby into a job and opened the quilt shop.

Initial investment: under $50,000

• Five-year goal: Slockbower hopes to eventually franchise out and open another shop. She wants to set up in areas without a local quilt shop. "I think every town deserves a quilt shop," she said.

• Web site:

• Phone number: 423-668-8734

Compiled by Shelly Bradbury, who may be reached at 757-6525 or at