Not long after Hancock Fabrics closed in the summer of 2016, Cassandra Caki and her best friend Carolyn Pratt opened Grana’s Front Porch Fabrics on Sept. 12.
Caki said opening a quilting store with Pratt has been a long-time dream of the two.
"I worked for Hancock Fabrics for 26 and a half years," Caki said. "My best friend and I said that we would open a quilt store when we retired. We both lost our jobs the same year, so we both started this up."
Caki said the store gets its name from Pratt’s grandchildren.
"Her grandchildren call her Grana, and they call me Grana Caki," she said. "I don’t have any grandchildren, so her grandchildren are like my grandchildren."
Caki said Pratt retired from her job at Conway Human Development Center within six months of Hancock going out of business.
Caki said quilting is a hobby, so they wanted to offer a new outlet for others with the hobby.
"We carry only cotton fabrics, quilting notions and supplies," she said. "We wanted to offer fabrics to Conway that you can’t get regularly on hand like Michael Miller, Robby Black and some other designer fabrics you don’t get at a regular designer store."
Grana’s Front Porch Fabrics is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
It can also be reached on Facebook by searching "Grana’s Front Porch Fabrics."
The store is located at 803 5th St.