Moving was a family affair for the owner of Annie’s Styles and Stitches and her employees on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. Proprietor Anne Schwenning enlisted the help of her husband Rick and son Colton to move her many racks of party and prom dresses and sewing machines from the second story of the windmill in the Palo Cedro Village Shopping Center to her new location south of Holiday Market where the Edward Jones office was for many years.
The Schwennings were helped by Ken and Shirley McClaskey (Shirley is the manicurist/pedicurist) and hair stylist Kaylie Kendall, who were moving their hair and nail salon equipment from the ground floor of the windmill.
The re-location of Schwenning’s business was necessary because the windmill will be demolished to accommodate the construction of a new Rite Aid store in the shopping center. Other businesses to be re-located next year include Katie Newbert’s Preventive Healthcare and Dr. Bruce Farrell’s Comprehensive Dentistry.
In her new location Schwenning plans to expand her custom sewing/alterations business to include costume creation, active wear, upholstery and heavy duty leather products, such as jackets, chaps and leggings. She also plans to specialize in wedding alterations.
Though she expressed sadness at having to move out of the windmill, which she said “has been a good place for us,” Schwenning had nothing but praise for shopping center owner Jim Owen, who had remodeled the new space to her specifications, adding a fitting room for her alteration and party dress rental businesses and two sinks and a color room for the hair stylists. He also provided a beautiful, state of the art stained concrete floor at her request. “Jim Owen has been not just accommodating and incredibly cooperative, but gracious in his treatment of us,” she said. “It’s all good.”