My favorite Fabric Row store has closed. Everyone would agree Philadelphia's Fabric Row is not what it used to be. I've seen the slow demise in the years I've lived in Philadelphia. Kincus was one of the "old guard" Fabric Row stores. The store was owned by the same family for generations. Several years ago, half of the sales area disappeared. Several months ago, my favorite sales person was laid off. Now the whole store is gone. I'm very sad.
This means I'm going to have to change the way I buy fabric. I used to make spontaneous trips to Kincus and other Fabric Row stores after work to pick up one or two nice pieces for an outfit. I could take a modest amount of money to Fabric Row with no guilt. Now, there will have to be more planned trips to the Garment District in New York, which is having it's own survival problems. A major shopping trip to the Garment District is not a bad thing. I've enjoyed my trips to Metro and Mood. But, a two hour train or bus ride is not as easy as a quick trip to South Philadelphia. I'd have to spend considerably more money in New York just to make the trip worth the time and effort.
I do my best to support independent fabric stores. I've watched to slow death of other independent fabric stores (and other small businesses), but this one really hurts.