My dear friends Kundan and Chandrakant Pattni have retired from ownership of The Woman Shop after THIRTY-THREE years of being there, day in and day out! Kundan was present at the meeting of the Kenya Quilt Guild where Pam Holland gave a lecture, and Kundan formally introduced the new owner, Sagar Shah, and his wife Kavita.
Sagar and Kavita are a lovely young couple who bring to the task of taking over The Woman Shop a wide variety of interests, training and skills. Sadly, we probably won't see very much of them actually inside the shop, as they have other interests and will be very busy working behind the scenes.
Nevertheless, Sagar seems determined and he's getting a good understanding of what's involved in running a shop that caters primarily to women who sew, quilt, knit, crochet and embroider. He has a head full of new ideas and I'm betting they are going to be good ones!
Right off the bat, Sagar has put all the Bernette sewing machines in the shop's inventory on sale--at 20% off!! That's a HUGE savings! Hurry to get yours before they sell out! I hear they are especially useful for Kenya's secondary school students taking courses in Home Science!!
If you have not been there recently, be prepared for a little culture shock: the entire Sarit Centre is undergoing reconstruction. New parking facilities and tons of new shop space mean that Sarit keeps up, not only with the present, but with the future of retailing in Kenya! It's a fantastic, exciting time to be taking ownership of an established shop there, and we wish Sagar and Kavita Shah all the best!!