GL: Let’s get down to it. What are you about?
Sew N Style: I opened a tailoring & alteration shop for men, women and children about one year ago right outside the Lakewood border on Rt. 9 in Howell. We do all kinds of work from simple hems to building up expensive gowns. In addition, we make custom dresses and gowns by the renown dressmaker Bluma Lax.
GL: What is something about your day to day responsibilities that people wouldn’t expect?
Sew N Style: As the business owner, I am in the store all day ensuring customers are getting taken care of, and organizing the clothing to make sure they are getting out by their proper due dates.
GL: What’s your favorite part of the job?
Sew N Style: Greeting all the customers. Customer service is my #1 priority, My customers know if an issue arises there is someone to talk to.
GL: Which part of your job do you find the hardest and which is the most satisfying?
Sew N Style: Obviously the Erev Yom Tov rush, waking up a week before Yom Tov and have the feeling not knowing how we’re going to finish all the work in time. And Boruch Hashem, every Yom Tov we have gotten all the clothing out in time which is the most satisfying.
GL: Do you ever deal with unreasonable customers/clients?
Sew N Style: I don’t know what you’re talking about 🙂
GL: Any advice for others on how to deal with the stress of the job?
Sew N Style:Being around at all times and being very organized is the only way to run this kind of shop.
GL: Does your job present opportunities to do chessed?
Sew N Style: Absolutely! One example of that is: I received a call from chai lifeline where a mother wasn’t well and the father was at work during our store hours. Their son received a new suit but his parents weren’t able to bring him in to have it tailored, so I was asked if I can go to their house and fit the boy there, which of course I responded yes.
GL: Any words of encouragement to people just starting out or still looking for a job they can enjoy?
Sew N Style: If you are in a good service business and work hard everyday, iy”h good things can come.
Sew N Style is a beautiful store designed with separate fitting rooms for men and women. Additionally, they have a professional seamstress for the ladies and a men’s tailor for the men’s clothing.
They are located at: 5172 U.S. 9, Howell Township, NJ 07731