Prince George sewing store stitches together expertise and excellent customer service
For 50 years, Prince George Sewing Centre has been an institution in town. Ken Johnson and his wife Norma opened up their speciality sewing shop in Prince George after Ken was transferred from Vancouver with the Singer Company. When Singer opted to close their Prince George location, the Johnsons decided it was the perfect opportunity to stay and open their own store.
“We are pretty much the only full service sewing shop in the north,” Ken says. “We handle notions, fabric, sewing machines. Anything you need to sew with, we pretty much have.”
A big part of PG Sewing’s business is machine service. They are an exclusive Janome sewing machine dealer and handle parts and service for most machines.
Ken attributes his store’s longevity with the expertise they offer along with their renown customer service.
“We have a team of experts here. If you come into our store with questions about quilting, or how to do anything, we can help you. Our staff are very good at what they do. You can come in with a sewing machine problem and that’s where I come in,” Ken says. “We have probably the best customer relationship in the sewing industry. People come in because we take the time to talk to everybody.”
Ken is proud of the store’s endurance and has no plans on retiring any time soon.
“We service the jails, the pulp mill, the refinery. People depend on us,” Ken says. “I’ll retire when they put me underground. I’m not ready to retire. I don’t know what I would do. Sitting at home watching TV is not my bag. I like to be doing something. We’ve been here 50 years and we’re still going. Hopefully I'm here for another 50.”