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Retailers open in downtown incubator

August 25, 2016
| By Pat Evans |
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All Tied Up by Pat seamstress
All Tied Up by Pat in downtown Grand Rapids is run by seamstress Pat Gaines. Courtesy Rockford Construction

A tailor and a seamstress are officially opening their new shops downtown.

All Tied Up by Pat and Connie’s Fig Leaf Shop will host grand openings tonight, from 5-8 p.m., inside MoDiv, a retail incubator in Grand Rapids, at 40 Monroe Center St. NW.

The two retailers will share a 780-square-foot space.

Both of the shop owners, Connie Croom and Pat Gaines, are graduates of SpringGR, a program to support entrepreneurs.

Executives of Grand Rapids-based Rockford Construction, which owns MoDiv, attended a SpringGR graduation and pitch night and reached out to Croom and Gaines to support them, said Mike VanGessel, CEO, Rockford Construction.

“SpringGR is excited to have two graduates move their businesses to such a prominent downtown location,” said Attah Obande, hub coordinator and business coach, SpringGR. “We look forward to supporting these businesses in their next phase of growth.”

Connie’s Fig Leaf Shop

Croom was trained by a master tailor and received a certificate in custom alterations. She has 25 years of experience working on men’s clothing.

All Tied Up by Pat

Gaines creates bow ties, ties, pocket squares and other men’s accessories as a third-generation seamstress.

She also has expanded her operation to include tuxedo rentals.

MoDiv

MoDiv provides support for retail entrepreneurs in the first floor of the Peck Building.

The retail center is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Along with All Tied Up by Pat and Connie’s Fig Leaf Shop, MoDiv features several other tenants: Masen James Bakery, Grand Rapids Drive, Fortitude Computers, Apothecary Off Main and Humanity Boutique.

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