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Richmond Fabricana Memories

16 thoughts on “Richmond Fabricana Memories”

  1. Thank you to the Megrian family and their knowledgeable employees for the decades of service to this community. The No. 3 Road store was packed with a wide selection current and interesting fabrics, and we were so fortunate to have a store that was equal to any found in Vancouver. You’ve supported sewers in Richmond for many years and for that we are truly grateful.

  2. I have loved shopping at Fabricana since 1996. The staff were always so helpful. I love quilting and sewing. Your store has been one of my favorite places to get fabric for drapes, pillows, most of the material for all the clothes I made for myself, my children and grandchildren. I took up quilting back then and I can honestly say it makes me very sad to see the store close. I will go to Coquitlam and will hope that this next generation of children will learn sewing skills so they can carry on a great tradition. As the homes we live in get smaller , I know it is hard to find a good space to sew. Maybe the store could include sewing lessons. I would love to see the store have a quilt frame that clients could “rent” for a few hours to finish their own quilts. A store in Leduc Alberta did this and it was very successful.
    Thank you for making sewing so enjoyable

    1. Thanks for sharing Helen! We do offer classes in our Coquitlam location typically, but have put them on hold with the business of the Richmond store closing. We hope to reopen classes soon, though. It’s always great to know what sewers are looking for, and a sewing lounge sounds like a great idea.

  3. Gayle Hubbard

    I am so sad to see our wonderful Richmond store close but wish every employee happy days ahead! I moved to Richmond in September 1973, and found the original store very quickly. The Alderbridge store was giant in comparison, with the Interior Delights next door to draw me in many times. The Garden City location has had an incredible amount of interesting fabrics that always brought me to buy more than planned. I have loved each store and will miss you tremendously. Thank you for my last 50 years of sewing clothes, curtains, grad dresses, and everything in between.

  4. I remember coming here back when I was a grade 9 student taking textiles in high school, with my classmates as well. And over a decade later, I still come to this same Richmond location with my mom on Saturdays to look at fabrics. I’ll be really sad to see it closing, and hope that if there’s another chance that Fabricana will re-open in Richmond again, we’ll be happily waiting for it!

  5. As a long time customer I have always enjoyed the wonderful fabrics at Fabricana.
    As a former employee I am sad to see the Richmond store close. I worked in all 3 locations. Richmond was where the action was.
    My stash grew by leaps and bounds working there.
    What a close knit team we were. So many good memories of staff and customers.
    You leave a big hole in the Richmond marketplace.
    Thank you to the Megrin family for the time I spent with you.

  6. I thought I would make one more trip out to the Richmond store before it closes for good but now I find myself too emotional to do so. As a long time customer I have many happy memories of the store. Not surprisingly most of them are about the warm and welcoming staff. I was aware of Myles when he was pretty much the star student of the Fashion Program at Kwantlen. I taught in another design department at Kwantlen, and believe me the halls were abuzz with talk about what an amazing talent Myles was! ( And is!)
    When the store closed and reopened after we thought we had lost it I was grateful. This was MY Fabric store. I always found interesting, quality fabrics to sew with. But again…and more than that…it was the people that made the store great. I want to make a special call out to Marianne who always greeted me personally when I entered the store. I loved her ‘over the garden fence’ warmth and friendliness over so many years. I will miss her.
    Still, I thank you for keeping the Richmond store open even though it was difficult to do so. I hope to, at least on occasion, make the trip out to the Coquitlam store.

    1. Thank you for sharing Bernie! We’ll miss seeing you and hope to see you soon in Coquitlam. It’s great to hear we’ve had such an impact on your sewing experience.

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As February shifts into March the colours of each day transform with it; the moody blues and greys of winter make way for the harmonious pinks and oranges of spring. Cherry blossoms bloom and greenery sprouts everywhere in BC, chased quickly by the twittering of birds and new life. It’s a reminder of the beautiful changes our super natural province goes through, and how hearty and vibrant it remains throughout the seasons. 

March is marked as a month of change, and that is no different for Fabricana as we open our Richmond fabric store for the last time on March 17th, 2024. It’s bittersweet to be saying goodbye to a legacy such as this with 53 years behind us, and an optimistic unknown on the horizon. 

Many of us can still remember walking into the store to start our first ever sewing project and being greeted by a vast sea of fabrics. It can be intimidating to some, but it’s a wonderland for most as the vibrant yellows, reds, and turquoises hit your eyes. One step in and you’re welcomed by calming tans and muted blues, transfixed by plush and warm prints, and invigorated by the potential every bolt holds. 

There is simply something for everyone, and it’s impossible not to make memories with the bright colours and peaceful atmosphere impressing on our senses. Intimidated or not, there was always a staff member there to greet you and lend a hand with whatever project you were tackling. Whether it was for quilting, fashion, or home decorating. 

Fabricana was not always so big though, and some of our very first customers probably remember our tiny shop across the road from Richmond Centre that was established by Richard Megrian in 1970. After moving to BC with his family, Richard and his wife Karen opened Fabricana to serve the sewing community. They built great connections, and were able to expand to a larger location on Alderbridge Way as the next generation (their sons Mike and Greg) took over. With each passing year Fabricana grew more and more until it is what you see today. 

To read the detailed history of Fabricana, click here

Having started as just a home-sewing fashion shop, the store has expanded to include quilt cottons, home decor goods and hardware, European imports, bridal laces, sewing notions, and more. With over 8,000 different pieces to choose from, it’s impossible to leave empty handed. 

All of this beauty adds to the wonder of Fabricana, and many who have set foot in our store have decided to make it a landing place. 

Myles, our lead purchaser, still remembers his first day at Fabricana fondly and how starting as a sales-floor employee has impacted his life so tremendously. “My first day was in February of 1995. The weather forecast for that morning was predicting lots of snow. I didn’t want to be late for my first day on the job, so I set an early alarm to give myself plenty of time to travel to Richmond.” Myles recalls getting to the store early, and waiting outside with a couple of customers. Due to the snow, the floor manager didn’t arrive until 10:10 am, and was shocked to see Myles there. All the staff had received a call to let them know the store wouldn’t be opening on time because of the weather, but somehow Myles’ call was missed. 

Like the great customer service person he is, though, Myles hopped right to work, and helped out the customers that were visiting from Victoria. He helped them grab what they needed, and then he spent the rest of the day learning the ins-and-outs of the store. “Due to the snow, the rest of the day was fairly slow which gave me a chance to receive some [formal] training, but I’ll never forget those first few minutes that I worked for Fabricana.”  

As an avid sewer himself, Myles has extensive dressmaking training from both his education in design and over 35 years of practical sewing knowledge! You’ve probably seen Myles’ brilliant smile in our informative videos on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube. Myles’ joy of sewing and expertise has kept him working hard and cheerfully at Fabricana for almost 30 years! 

Of course, we’ve touched many other people’s lives throughout the decades. We’ve received some wonderful stories from Richmond customers, including this one from a long time customer, Cathy (@ohsewcathy) “I have shopped here since your first store in Richmond. High school sewing projects and bridesmaid dresses in the 70s, [and] all through the years to [bring] my granddaughter to pick out fabric.” Hearing about the new sewing generation is always rewarding, and we love to see how we’ve influenced creativity in all those eager to sew.

Morgan (@sewn.from.the.heart), an avid sewer in Vancouver, is a frequent shopper at our Richmond location. She explains that she always feels inspired at Fabricana, and leaves with that creative lightbulb over her head whenever she visits. “What I’ll remember most about the Richmond store is just how friendly the staff were, and how the fabric they had, left me feeling more inspired than when I came into the store.”

It warms our hearts to hear how we’ve impacted people’s lives, and how we’ve helped them celebrate, commemorate, and create for so many years. 

Photographed here is Richard Megrian

“When I first started working at Fabricana I always looked forward to the evening shift,” Bailey, a long time staff member both on the sales floor in Richmond and in the office, says. “We would have some awesome designers come in at night and bring the wildest ideas. It was always so much fun puzzling out how to replicate or create whatever it was they were making. Sometimes they’d stay up to 4 hours! But they always left happy and satisfied with the fabrics they had purchased.” She explains that she started working at Fabricana at 17 as a sales associate before going to college. She returned at 26 to work in the office and has loved her experience with the team over the last 6 years.

Long time staff members still fondly remember moving into our Garden City location in 2003 and unpacking gleefully to fill the shelves with goods. 

Many people have asked us “What will I do without a sewing store in Richmond?” and “Where will I shop now?” While it saddens us greatly to be saying goodbye to our Richmond store, we are excited to continue serving the sewing community through our Coquitlam location and online store.

We know that the closure of the store is laborious to many and there will be a Fabricana shaped hole in the Richmond community once we close our doors for good. With every change though, growth soon follows. As winter makes way for spring, and spring to summer, the cycle never ends and we can see that same graceful fortitude in the sewing community. Our goal is to continue serving home-sewers with their creations the same as they have provided us with 53 years of community, patronage, and love. 

We invite everyone to visit us in Coquitlam, especially if you’ve never been before! We promise the sewing community here is friendly, vibrant, and welcoming. To everyone, sew true and be you. We’ll see you in the future, and look forward to making new memories with the next generation of home-sewers. 

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16 thoughts on “Richmond Fabricana Memories”

  1. Thank you to the Megrian family and their knowledgeable employees for the decades of service to this community. The No. 3 Road store was packed with a wide selection current and interesting fabrics, and we were so fortunate to have a store that was equal to any found in Vancouver. You’ve supported sewers in Richmond for many years and for that we are truly grateful.

  2. I have loved shopping at Fabricana since 1996. The staff were always so helpful. I love quilting and sewing. Your store has been one of my favorite places to get fabric for drapes, pillows, most of the material for all the clothes I made for myself, my children and grandchildren. I took up quilting back then and I can honestly say it makes me very sad to see the store close. I will go to Coquitlam and will hope that this next generation of children will learn sewing skills so they can carry on a great tradition. As the homes we live in get smaller , I know it is hard to find a good space to sew. Maybe the store could include sewing lessons. I would love to see the store have a quilt frame that clients could “rent” for a few hours to finish their own quilts. A store in Leduc Alberta did this and it was very successful.
    Thank you for making sewing so enjoyable

    1. Thanks for sharing Helen! We do offer classes in our Coquitlam location typically, but have put them on hold with the business of the Richmond store closing. We hope to reopen classes soon, though. It’s always great to know what sewers are looking for, and a sewing lounge sounds like a great idea.

  3. Gayle Hubbard

    I am so sad to see our wonderful Richmond store close but wish every employee happy days ahead! I moved to Richmond in September 1973, and found the original store very quickly. The Alderbridge store was giant in comparison, with the Interior Delights next door to draw me in many times. The Garden City location has had an incredible amount of interesting fabrics that always brought me to buy more than planned. I have loved each store and will miss you tremendously. Thank you for my last 50 years of sewing clothes, curtains, grad dresses, and everything in between.

  4. I remember coming here back when I was a grade 9 student taking textiles in high school, with my classmates as well. And over a decade later, I still come to this same Richmond location with my mom on Saturdays to look at fabrics. I’ll be really sad to see it closing, and hope that if there’s another chance that Fabricana will re-open in Richmond again, we’ll be happily waiting for it!

  5. As a long time customer I have always enjoyed the wonderful fabrics at Fabricana.
    As a former employee I am sad to see the Richmond store close. I worked in all 3 locations. Richmond was where the action was.
    My stash grew by leaps and bounds working there.
    What a close knit team we were. So many good memories of staff and customers.
    You leave a big hole in the Richmond marketplace.
    Thank you to the Megrin family for the time I spent with you.

  6. I thought I would make one more trip out to the Richmond store before it closes for good but now I find myself too emotional to do so. As a long time customer I have many happy memories of the store. Not surprisingly most of them are about the warm and welcoming staff. I was aware of Myles when he was pretty much the star student of the Fashion Program at Kwantlen. I taught in another design department at Kwantlen, and believe me the halls were abuzz with talk about what an amazing talent Myles was! ( And is!)
    When the store closed and reopened after we thought we had lost it I was grateful. This was MY Fabric store. I always found interesting, quality fabrics to sew with. But again…and more than that…it was the people that made the store great. I want to make a special call out to Marianne who always greeted me personally when I entered the store. I loved her ‘over the garden fence’ warmth and friendliness over so many years. I will miss her.
    Still, I thank you for keeping the Richmond store open even though it was difficult to do so. I hope to, at least on occasion, make the trip out to the Coquitlam store.

    1. Thank you for sharing Bernie! We’ll miss seeing you and hope to see you soon in Coquitlam. It’s great to hear we’ve had such an impact on your sewing experience.

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