Online Shop Finds New Home in Downtown Arts District

COLUMBIA, Tenn. — Needle and Grain is opening its first retail shop in downtown Columbia this September. Located in the newly remodeled Columbia Arts Building, Needle and Grain is a modern arts and crafts store selling home goods, handmade craft supplies, quilting notions and a curated selection of high-end, designer quilting fabrics.

Owners Bryson and Susan Leach started Needle and Grain in 2014 as an online business focused on creating quilts, blankets, baby accessories and vintage-style felt banners. They realized their vision was to have a place within their own community where they could share their products and the products of other makers.

“It’s been a joy for Susan and me to be able to build out the store with the help of our friends and family, and in partnership with the Columbia Arts Building who believed in our mission from day one,” Bryson said. “We’re so excited to open this space for our community and be able to connect one-on-one with other makers, locals and quilt-lovers alike.”

Needle and Grain is Columbia’s only quilt shop and the only small business fabric supplier in the area. "We are beginning to see a movement of young, modern quilters and collectors,” said Susan. “We want to help rekindle the love of quilting and blanket-making in the south and we believe our store will help do just that.”

Needle and Grain also aims to attract younger adults and those interested in a more contemporary design style with their selection of home goods and craft supplies. They will be hosting various workshops and sewing classes for kids, adults and homeschool co-ops.

“We want everyone to feel like our store is worth a visit and that we have something for crafters and non-crafters alike!” said Susan.

Needle and Grain is hosting a grand opening celebration weekend starting September 8 at 10 a.m. at their new location, 307 West 11th Street, Suite 6. For more information on the grand opening, go to