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Moving Sly Fox

Posted on July 10 2020

If you're anything like me, when you saw Katy's announcement about closing Sly Fox Fabrics, you felt a wide variety of emotions.  Sadness.  Heartbreak.  Maybe even disappointment.  But also happiness for Mary Beth.  And understanding for Katy not wanting to carry on this venture without her. 

Knowing how passionate my boss, Rebecca, is about fabric, small businesses, and generally making a difference in our community, I reached out to see if there was anything we could do.  No harm in planting a seed, right?  


It turns out, not only was there no harm in it, but that seed was nursed by both Rebecca and Katy, and now has blossomed into magic!  Sly Fox Fabrics lives on!  We are working with Katy to make sure the fabulous SFF community continues to have access to gorgeous fabrics, at wonderful prices, with the same service and lovely feeling that Katy and Mary Beth have provided the last few years.  
I know, I know, you know all this already.  What you really want to know is what's next?  We'd really like to keep you in the loop as we go through this process.  So, right now, Mary Beth is packing up the office in Cuyahoga Falls.  It is a bit sad seeing it all packed up.  But, exciting at the same time because it is being packed up to move, rather than packed up for good!  Katy is busy organizing all the amazing information she has in her brain and files to help me make this transition as smooth as possible while maintaining that lovely and unique SLY FOX feel that we have loved for the last four years.  
For my end, I am organizing a cross-country move and looking at properties and learning how to place fabric orders and, well, all the stuff that Katy makes look really easy.  
Since my sister vetoed moving all the supplies into our house (she seems to think we'll need to use our stove and actually wants to be able to leave the house for work and whatnot), we are moving into a storage unit temporarily.
These silly weekends are slowing me down!  I am waiting to look at properties until the business type people are working.  But tours and pro/con lists to start next week.  
The fun bit is happening now though.  Ordering fabric.  Plus, we are hoping for a little fun along the way.  What fabrics are you hoping to see restocked as soon as we relaunch?  Specific fabric types?  Colors?  Patterns?  
Come on back to the blog for updates throughout this process.  I am excited to keep you all in the loop as we get moved and set up here in Atlanta.  
Stephanie xx 


  • Sherry Moran: July 15, 2020

    Hi Stephanie, this is so exciting!! I live in the Atlanta area (Gwinnett county) and would love to know where you will be based when you’re ready to disclose those details.


  • Tricia Nguyen : July 15, 2020

    I am so excited about this move because I live nearby in Duluth! I hope you continue to get some more rayon challis and Tri-Blends. They have been my favorite to purchase from SFF. Maybe some fleece lined French Terry for colder weather. Also some more blues, greens and reds.

  • KarenAnn : July 15, 2020

    Hip hip hooray!! Keep moving! I can’t wait to see what unfolds. As for fabrics, hmm Ponte, Heavy Ponte, both in solids and prints. Oh, and soft touch too. Liverpool in luscious prints. DBP and SBP and PRS and Rayon Challis and everything haha!! Thank you for this. Thank you.

  • Pamela Stump: July 15, 2020

    I would love to see rayon and rayon blend knits and wovens (the drape is magnificent) and the same in modal. More natural fibers like cotton and bamboo if you can. And a few smaller scale prints than Sly Fox has had recently. Large prints overwhelm my features.

    Try to have a variety of colors – warm and autumny, warm and cheerfully springy, cool and wintery elegant, and cool and colorfully summery! Something for everyone!

    (I’m in the lighter autumn tones and darker spring tones arenas myself. :) )

  • Jeanie McMahon: July 15, 2020

    I was wondering if your sister was going into the Sly Fox business with you?
    Excited for this new challenge for you.
    Makes me wish I was still in Atlanta.
    Atlanta is such a fabulous city. Great restaurants and always a cultural event happening!
    Be sure to check out the Botanical Gardens in Spring, the great dog park, The Flying Biscuit for the best Shrimp and Grits!
    Jeanie McMahon

  • Lindsey: July 15, 2020

    I would love more soft touch ponte! That stuff is amazing.

  • Karla Strivens: July 15, 2020

    Hi Stephanie, Congrats on your new adventure! I’d love to see some sweater knits with lurex in plum and dark red colors. There was a copper colored sweater knit last year that was beautiful as well. Cotton spandex, and french terry are always good, and I love the tri-blend with floral print.

    Take care, remember to get some rest too :)
    Karla Strivens

  • Denise: July 15, 2020

    I’d love to see DBP floral on small dots! With purple in it!

  • Julia Miller: July 15, 2020

    Can hardly wait for you guys to open! Thank you for keeping us in the loop.

  • Diane: July 15, 2020

    We really need more cotton spandex, kids prints , bamboo spandex …. more variety … thanks for listening !

  • Jennifer: July 15, 2020

    Congratulations on your new venture and thanks for keeping Sly Fox alive! I am hoping for more of the incredible Ponte I got about a month ago. It is my new go to and I can’t wait to get more from you!

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