When Sara White went into the Hyperstitch showroom in Marengo to buy a t-shirt for her husband, Joe, she never dreamed she would soon buy the store.
It was September 2017, and Pat Lawlor, founding owner of Hyperstitch, Inc., a custom embroidery business, was planning to retire. Hyperstitch had expanded from a single embroidery machine in her living room, to the busy company it is today. Did her retirement have to mean the end of the store? Pat was looking for a buyer.
When she met Sara White, she was struck by the younger woman’s energy and interest in commerce in Marengo. She learned that White has degrees in marketing and management and has been a business teacher at McHenry County College for eleven years. Lawlor called White and asked her if she would be interested in buying Hyperstitch.
After some thought and some discussion with Joe, Sara White decided to accept Lawlor’s offer. In January 2018, she became the owner of Hyperstitch, Inc. When asked what led her to buy Hyperstitch, White replied, “We’ve lived in a lot of places, and we are happy in Marengo. I could see that this business was doing well, and that there was room for growth. It’s the kind of thing I’m very interested in.”
Sara has no experience in retail sales, but feels her marketing and business background will serve her well. Her husband, while not involved in the day-to-day business, is a big support for her. The couple has three children, who attend Riley School.
Hyperstitch designs logos and produces embroidered or silk-screened garments of all kinds, promoting teams, clubs, schools and other organizations While they get some orders via the Internet, the bulk of their work comes from local groups. White belongs to four Chambers of Commerce—Marengo, Woodstock, Huntley and Hampshire. Hyperstitch continues to have a retail showroom as well. It is here that White hopes to expand. She says, “I’d like us to become a ‘go-to’ store where people can drop in to pick up notions, gifts and other items. I’m open to suggestions of items to sell in the store.”
Stop in at the new Hyperstitch location at 219 E. Grant Highway in Marengo.