Jamie's Seams to Fit joins downtown BG scene
Written by KAREN NADLER COTA, Sentinel Lifestyles Editor
Monday, 06 January 2014 08:10
Eight years ago, Jamie Zulch opened a modest sewing and alterations business in Bowling Green called Jamie's Seams to Fit.
|Andrew Zulch, from left, Jamie Zulch, Matt Zulch, and Shelby Zulch at their new business Jamie's Seams to Fit in Bowling Green. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
But demand for her skills constantly expanded, to the point where Zulch has made the move to a bigger shop in a new location, while adding a brand-new service: tuxedo rentals.
Jamie's Seams to Fit and The Formal Detail held a festive ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday at 186 S. Main, the storefront that formerly housed Rapid Print.
The ribbon-cutting was slated during the holiday week to allow Zulch's son, currently serving with the U.S. Marine Corps, to participate before returning to his duty posting later that day.
"I'm so excited" about the move and expansion, Zulch said.
"I do all kinds of alterations including formalwear, bridal gowns and bridesmaid dresses, prom dresses. I'm also experienced in accessorizing military uniforms" and zipper repairs are always in demand.
The addition of The Formal Detail will include tuxedo rental "and specialty items to complete any formal event."
Zulch can offer shop visitors a list of recommended services and vendors available for hair, catering, cakes, photography and other services needed "not just for weddings but also graduations, anniversaries, quinceanera celebrations and reunions."
The Formal Detail offers three popular lines of tuxedos - Ralph Lauren, Stephen Geoffrey, and the Manhattan style from Tony Bowls, all of which are supplied through Jim's Formal Wear, "one of the biggest warehouses in tuxedo rental in the Midwest.
"I also have a huge line of Quinceanera tuxedos" as well as the currently popular camouflage tuxedo components. "They're very big right now."
Zulch says she originally started out "with one sewing machine and an ironing board" when she opened in her initial location next to Kirian's on Poe Road.
Now she's up to seven sewing machines "and just an unbelievable following from the surrounding communities."
She draws customers from southern Michigan to Findlay, Wauseon, Napoleon, Elmore "and just everywhere."
The reason for the move downtown is simple.
She "totally outgrew" the Poe Road site. "The new shop is three times as big. But also, how exciting to be part of the downtown BG scene, with all the events going on."
Business, she said, is year-round.
"I also do a great amount with the university, including jerseys for the sports teams" - especially the Falcon women's basketball and football teams, plus the cheerleaders.
"And I do keep Freddie and Frieda Falcon updated and together."
Zulch, a Perrysburg native and Perrysburg High School graduate, herself attended BGSU in the early 1980s as a fashion merchandising and home economics major.
She can hardly recall a time when she wasn't a seamstress.
"Both my grandmothers and my mother sewed. I was sewing when I was in kindergarten.
"I did dance and figure skating, so we were constantly doing my costumes and things for the ice shows."
These days Zulch doesn't limit herself to apparel. She's also comfortable handling home decor assignments, including window treatments, pillows, small chair upholstery and cushions.
Her new building has been completely refurbished, following two months of renovations including all new flooring.
The new expanded business hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Customers can find her on Facebook under Jamie's, on the web at www.jamiesseamstofit.com, or by calling the shop at 419-352-1611.
Drop-in customers are welcome, but if you want Zulch to handle your job personally, she advises calling ahead for an appointment.
Last Updated on Monday, 06 January 2014 08:13