Fabric store opens in Seneca

A local business is stepping in to help fill a void and starting to sell fabric by the yard.

Cris-Cross Sewing, now located inside the Dapa Decor store in the old Cranberry High School at 224 S. Main Street in Seneca, started stocking bolts of cotton and fleece fabric about two weeks ago, with hopes of adding more in the future.

Chris Cozad, owner of Cris-Cross Sewing, said it has been a lifelong dream of hers to open a fabric and craft store.

She added the decision was independent of the recent decision by Joann Fabric to close its store in the Cranberry Mall.

“I was actually going to try to open last year,” she said, but added she had been caught up doing other things and “wasn’t meant to open it until this year.”

However, Cozad said that since Joann Fabric is leaving, she does want to “help the community so that they don’t have to run 50 miles to buy fabric.”

Cris-Cross Sewing, which Cozad started in 2010, will still be offering handmade items such as bags, purses and pillows, and Dapa Decor, which is sharing its space with Cris Cross Sewing, continues to sell home items such as placemats, hand towels, bowl cozies and crocheted items.

Dapa Decor moved out of the Cranberry Mall and into the old high school at the end of last year.

Cozad and Patty Ace, who owns Dapa Decor with her husband, David Ace, said that as far as fabric, “we would like to know what the public wants,” and they hope to eventually stock thread and yarn.

“We plan to get something new in weekly,” Patty Ace said.