By CALEB CALHOUN
November 25, 2012
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Nov. 15 for Perfect Stitch Upholstery, more than a year after the business opened at 60 E. Washington St. in Hagerstown, to showcase the renovated building.
Washington County and Hagerstown officials attended, along with a representative from the office of U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md.
Owner John Cress said he opened the business in Hagerstown in August 2011, after moving from Frederick, Md., in July of that year. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was not held until recently because Cress said the building he moved into was an “older, abandoned place” when he moved in, and he had to make it look presentable.
His business does upholstery primarily for furniture and cars, but it has also worked on campers, airplanes, seats in restaurants, motorcycles and seats in courthouses. Cress said he also has done work on a leather headboard at the White House.
“I like working on street rides (antique cars),” he said. “On those, they mostly leave it up to me to do what I design, so I’ve got more freedom.”
In some cases, Cress said, he installs electronics in vehicles he is customizing.
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