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Goodbye Fabric Place :(

September 2nd, 2008

According to a comment on a previous post, Judith says she learned that our shiny star of downtown,  Fabric Place, will close it’s doors for good on December 31st.  I can’t even begin to say how dissapointed/devestated I am by this as a quilter and a resident of downtown.  Just what we don’t need, a great business in a large building closing up shop.  This is a dark day for Framingham. 
 I shall miss ye Fabric Place!


  1. Say it ain’t so!

    Comment by SouthboroughSpotter September 3, 2008 @ 2:05 am

  2. What!?!? WHY!?? ARG! I too am a Framingham resident and quilter and there really is no good alternative to Fabric Place. Well, nothing remotely nearby. Joanne’s in Natick doesn’t compare. Sad news. 🙁

    Comment by Diana September 3, 2008 @ 11:41 am

  3. Definitely a sad day. I haven’t been there for awhile. The last time I went I was looking for a few specific designer lines of fabric and I just could not find what I was looking for….if you can believe that!
    Online fabric stores have better selections and you don’t have to sit in downtown traffic to get it. It’s sad this had to happen and now I totally blame myself for buying all my fabric online.

    Comment by Jennifer September 3, 2008 @ 2:14 pm

  4. It certainly is a dark day for this knitter. I will miss their wonderful selection of yarn.

    Comment by Patty Hebert September 3, 2008 @ 9:04 pm

  5. Yes, very sad!!! I was just thinking of taking a sewing class there. I guess I still can but what’s the point? Where am I going to get my fabrics after I learned how to sew?

    Comment by Tina September 3, 2008 @ 10:14 pm

  6. The sad news was confirmed today in the MetroWest Daily:

    Comment by SouthboroughSpotter September 4, 2008 @ 10:48 am

  7. Nooooooooo! Not only am I sad for myself (I’m a quilter who loved the convenience of a huge store right in town), but I’m sad for downtown Framingham- one less business downtown.
    It’s up to ThisisFramingham to find out what’s going to become of that huge building? Another church? (how we miss ye, Friendly’s)

    Comment by Nicole September 5, 2008 @ 8:13 am

  8. Terrible news…a rare gem in downtown.

    Comment by Toni September 8, 2008 @ 12:41 pm

  9. My mum occasionally dragged me in here as a youth in the 80s-90s. It was always too long a visit for my liking until… I discovered the fun of Renaissance Fairs (King Richard’s in Carver, MA being the closest). My girlfriend at the time and I then began trolling the place in the 90s to find stuff to create some authentic medieval garb. What fun! What memories! It will be sad to see it go.

    I PRAY that whatever moves in is s step in the right direction for the downtown district. Something to serve the community perhaps? One can only hope.

    Comment by Nostalgio September 17, 2008 @ 1:42 am

  10. I’m so sad about the Fabric Place leaving, too! In fact, to this day, I still call it Sportswear! I was brought up in Framingham too, lived there all my life from the early 50’s to maybe 7 or so years ago when I moved to Hopkinton. I lived not too far from Sunshine Dairy (anyone remember that?) and went to the good ol’ Woodrow Wilson School in the 60’s. Nancy Drawe aka (Punky)

    Comment by Nancy Drawe October 7, 2008 @ 5:44 pm

  11. No! This terrible!!! I wanted to visit in a couple years (from Florida) and bring my daughter to play in the big barrel of buttons!!! My mom will be upset to hear this too 🙁

    Comment by Alli October 9, 2008 @ 12:52 am

  12. I no longer live in the area but The Fabric Place was a big part of my life when I did. My kids still remember the button barrel! This is a sad day.

    Comment by Diane Gerrish October 9, 2008 @ 10:24 am

  13. oh the hours i spent locked in a hot car in downtown framingham while my mom looked at every single piece of fabric, ball of yarn, and spool of thread… such memories…

    Comment by seth October 9, 2008 @ 9:51 pm

  14. I, too, have been going to the Fabric Place for years and years. Even after I moved to NC, when I’d come home (2 or 3 times a year) I had to go the Fabric Place. I am devastated that they are closing. And this comes right after Wrights closed their factory outlet store, in Sturbridge, my other pilgrimage stop. Buying online is an option, but doesn’t come close to going in the store and touching the fabric, seeing it up close, picking up the bolt and the selection was awesome, at all price levels. Doesn’t anyone in MA want to buy it and keep it open. If I lived up there I would get a bunch a women together and try to buy it. I hope someone does. Thanks to all the people who worked there and were always extremely helpful and always generous with their time.

    Comment by Pamela Kelly October 28, 2008 @ 10:57 am

  15. Well, at least they are staying in Framingham, they are moving to 220 Arlington St…
    This the Boston Business Journal

    Comment by Palmira November 14, 2008 @ 3:02 pm

  16. Just read all these wonderful comments. After working for Fabric Place in Randolph and Woburn for 11 years, I can’t begin to tell you how much I miss all the wonderful clients I have met throughout the years. We really became a large family and I to miss that. I look forward to hearing from you all.

    Thank You
    Sandy Khalifa
    Dress My Window

    Comment by Sandy Khalifa January 11, 2009 @ 10:11 am

  17. I had the pleasure of working with fabric place as a design consultant and met some wonderful people that became clients. I am still in the decorating business and would be happy to work with you again. Please feel free to contact me.

    Cathy Little
    Little Interiors

    Comment by Cathy Little March 1, 2009 @ 8:46 pm

  18. Fabric Place was part of my life for 22 years . I started out as manager in the Home Decorating Department in the Framingham Store. Once I mastered the Idea that 36 inches equalled 1 yard I graduated to become a Premier Decorator for The Fabric Place . It was a great choice, I have had the pleasure to turn ordinary rooms into extraordinary chambers. Throughout my years I have traveled all thru New England , Cape Cod and the Islands. I have recently join Babel’s Design Services with Stores in Norwood, Needham, Canton and Foxboro. I can offer complete Design Services with superb quality custom work. Please call me if I can help you in anyway with your next project. Michael Greene

    Comment by Michael Greene March 2, 2009 @ 5:25 pm

  19. Would be a great place for a 4 story parking garage. Easy access would hopefully mean more business development for downtown and more commuter parking.

    Comment by frank March 27, 2009 @ 7:57 pm

  20. Born in 1972, I was brought to Fabric Place and the old mill on route 30 in Natick regularly as a child in the 70’s and early 80’s. In the mid 70’s my mothers family closed down a family run (for over 100 years) “dry-goods” store on main street/Penn St in downtown Reading PA, living above the store when young. So, these places were special to her. Now in retrospect I can imagine why; the muted sounds (except maybe me who did not share this same joy at that age) the touch and feel of the fabrics, the vast array of patterns even the aroma. I am certain that the pattern, fabric, thread and fasteners of more than a few of my “handsome outfits” came from Fabric Place. In my late teens I lived on Fredrick St behind and to the side of the store. I walked through the parking lot to ride the commuter rail daily. I brought my girlfriend (now wife) to the store in the mid 90’s to purchase some fabric suitable for stereo speaker grill covers. I found just the right fabric.

    After college I moved (back) just outside of downtown Framingham and am here now raising a family. I will miss the anchor that that store provided for me and the downtown area. I am optimistic for the future of downtown and am hopeful that the space will be put to good use in the revitalization of the area.

    Thanks, J. Lang

    Comment by j. Lang September 13, 2009 @ 10:49 am

  21. Anyone interested in leasing or buying the Fabric Place site, please call me – Marlene Aron – Metrowest Commercial Real Estate, 508-740-0000. Downtown needs a new anchor

    Comment by Marlene Aron December 22, 2009 @ 11:56 am

  22. Well, I recently took my first downtown trip the other day (maybe a week ago) and was severely disappointed. It’s all gone as downhill as it could have, huh? So they built the crap out of the retail mecca of Shopper’s World/Natick Monstrosity Collection, and let downtown become blighted. Brilliant. What’s next, closing down the Middlesex News? Oh, wait …

    Comment by Charles Copeland July 19, 2010 @ 9:52 pm

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