Valley couple marks 30 years in business
October 7, 2007
GLENWOOD SPRINGS It’s a pretty strong thread that binds Bob and Sandy Boyd together.The two have worked together for 30 of their 42-year marriage owning and operating the Glenwood Sewing Co. on Grand Avenue.Their business – and relationship – has survived four moves to different locations in town promoting a hobby that has seen its ups and downs in popularity over the years. But all along they’ve made it work, together.It’s a rewarding relationship, business and personal, evident in the way they contribute to each other’s statements during a conversation.”Even though we work together, we’re not in the same room most of the time,” Sandy said with a big smile. “We still like each other.”Bob agreed, nodding, and followed his wife’s statement with his own, just to reinforce the point. “It’s nice that way,” he said. “It’s neat in the way that we both have different abilities that come together in this business to make something that works very well.”
Like a smooth-running sewing machine, all the little mechanical pieces working together for the purpose of connecting several pieces of fabric.It hasn’t always been smooth, they admitted, but, for the most part, it’s been a treat working with each other.”It’s been a pleasure,” Bob said.”You see couples that have been together for a long time, but they don’t get to see each other that much because they’re working so much,” Sandy added.”It’s something that doesn’t work for everyone,” Bob continued. “But when it does it’s nice.”The two don’t work side-by-side all day long. Upstairs is Bob’s work station, where his specialty of fixing sewing machines comes in handy for many customers.”Bob has the ability to look at anything mechanical that’s broken and can figure out how to fix it,” Sandy said.
Sandy works the retail space on the main floor during most of the day, and teaches quilting and sewing classes in the basement several times a week.The best part, other than working together, is not having to answer to anyone.”We tell people that we can work any 12 hours out of the day that we want to,” Sandy said. “It’s a lot of work, but it’s been worth it.””It’s fun,” Bob said.The two know that they made the right decision moving back to Colorado from St. Louis while Bob’s career as a research chemist took off.But that just didn’t work out.”He was a good chemist,” Sandy said.
Again, Bob needn’t comment.”Coloradans don’t move to St. Louis very well,” Sandy finished. For Bob, he said that he really just missed fishing in the mountains. Whatever the reason, the two made it back to Colorado and bought the Singer and Viking sewing and machine shop in the Van Rand Center. Even though more than 90 percent of sewing businesses nationwide have closed since they purchased the store, according to Sandy, it’s been the best decision they’ve made, business and personal.”I’ve always liked sewing,” Sandy said. “What are you going to do for a living where there aren’t complaints?””Over the 30 years, there’s been a steadiness in it,” Bob continued. “We haven’t seen the ups and downs that some businesses do; it’s been pretty steady as she goes.”Sandy interjects, “If we had invested in a diamond or oil company, we may have done better.””But this has been steady,” Bob reinforced. “It’s been nice.”Steady as she sews.