Retired teacher opens sewing and alterations business in downtown Rochester

Retired teacher Joanne Piazzi has 40 years of sewing experience and has turned her passion into a business now open in downtown Rochester.

ROCHESTER — Need to have a jacket tailored or new curtains made for your office?

Longtime Rochester resident Joanne Piazzi says she can help.

Piazzi has opened Stitches Alterations and Needleworks on North Main Street.

Piazzi launched the sewing and alterations business from her home in March, and now she has enough business to open a brick-and- mortar shop downtown.

Piazzi retired in June after a 35-year teaching career in Rochester and Barrington and says she is thrilled to contribute to the burgeoning arts scene in downtown Rochester. The shop will offer a space with tables, sewing machines and tools for people who want to work on projects of their own there for a small rental fee.

Plans are to offer classes in needlework, knitting and other fiber arts crafts.

“I’m looking forward to providing a place for people to learn new skills and share creative interests, in addition to promoting quality alteration services,” Piazzi said in a statement.

The arts community in Rochester is growing. Stitches Alterations and Needleworks joins the Rochester Opera House, Rochester Performance & Arts Center and the Rochester Museum of Fine Arts, which all offer opportunities for entertainment and arts education.

City Economic Development Specialist Jenn Marsh said Piazzi’s shop is a welcome addition.

“Joanne has an incredible vision to not only offer high quality services, but has plans to support and connect the fiber arts community in our area by providing work space and classes,” Marsh said in a statement.

An open house is being held on Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. at 107 North Main St.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019
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