Shop owners Phyllis and Gary Lively stand in the back left, along with staff members Barbara, Betty, Dede, Cyria, Randalyn, and Lisa.
Talking with Phyllis Lively is fun. For one thing, Must Love Fabric, the Grapevine, Texas, shop she co-owns with her husband Gary has a sense of humor—just check the sign over the door to the restroom.
Ask an eight year old about a birthday gift and you’d likely hear suggestions like Legos, Harry Potter books, skateboards, or art supplies. But when she was eight, Stacie Bloomfield had another idea entirely—she wanted (and received) a subscription to Martha Stewart Living magazine. “My grandma had a beauty shop with magazines for her customers to read, and that’s where I discovered Martha Stewart—I adored her!” says Stacie. “And I used to ask my mom to take me to import shops just so I could walk around and see the merchandise—I was really into interiors, design, and cooking.”