In Amy’s Words:
We started The Whole 9 Yards in 1991. (I am a painter, and Jamie is a drummer, so of course we opened a fabric store!) We wanted to do something that we could grow together, and would engage our strengths and interests. With my painting background and love of color, texture, and pattern I felt like the world of textiles was a natural fit. Jamie trusted my vision for the store, and set out to be the kindest boss any group could hope for!
This store is really the legacy of our families. Jamie’s parents, Mabel and Jimmy Eoff, led a life of frugality that left the financial resources to start the business. My father, Don Estrin, was a fabric resaler out of Chicago. Later in life he and my mom, Millie, opened a retail fabric store in Salem, OR. They taught us everything to get started! Don built every fixture in our store, and on his good name we were able to place large opening fabric orders without any credit history. I can’t imagine anything like that happening in this day and age.
We are fortunate that since then The Whole 9 Yards has grown to include a full service workroom (for the construction of custom bedding, pillows and draperies) and we maintain strong relationships with local upholsterers and furniture makers. We are now the Northwest’s top retailer for interior fabrics, and we house over 900 bolts in stock, as well as thousands of samples of fabrics that can be special ordered.
Our plan is to continue to honor the legacy of our parents by doing business with integrity, making our customers happy and having a ton of fun doing it!
I‘ve been visiting Portland from Montana for five years now, and your shop has always been a highlight for me. – Jennifer H.