Perfect Stitch shows off refurbished downtown site
Cutting the ribbon Nov. 15 at the refurbished Perfect Stitch Upholstery building at 60 E. Washington St. in Hagerstown are, from left, Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development representative Vickie Swink, Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II, Michelle Cress and John Cress. (By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer / November 20, 2012)
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.