14 — Women In Business
Riverbank Quilt Company Focuses On Family Ancient sewing equipment is scattered among the fabric bolts and samples throughout the former First National Bank (later Delta Bank) building in Riverbank, now home to the Riverbank Quilt Company. Run by the motherdaughter team of Joan Witt and Leanne JonesCruz, the shop in the heart of Riverbank’s downtown opened for business in mid-June of this year. Housed in an historic building at 3300 Santa Fe that dates back to 1911, the quilters have chosen to retain the fixtures and decor of the bank, including its expansive granite counters and shelves along with the ornate chandeliers. Mom Joan serves as
manager, daughter Leanne is the owner and they trace their quilting history back a few generations. “I am passionate about quilting. This was a family tradition that my grandmother, mother, and aunties all did,” said Jones-Cruz. “I thought that the quilt shop would be something that I would do as part of my retirement but I am not retiring for another five to six years.” In the interim, her mom will run the shop and Jones-Cruz will be there as her schedule allows. “The opportunity arose so I went for it. This is going to be a fun thing for us,” Jones-Cruz noted. “I could not have done it without her (mom).”
The Third Street shop is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and closed Sunday and Monday. The shop offers designer fabrics, quilting notions, and classes, with classes every Saturday that typically fill up fast. A couple of days during the week, you can find “Sewing with Joan” classes at the shop as well. With her ‘day job’ keeping her busy at Enochs High School within the Modesto City Schools District, Jones-Cruz said she definitely enjoys the change of pace the quilt shop offers. “I have been getting to know my downtown business neighbors. I feel like it is a comquilt Page 15
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Riverbank Quilt Company owner Leanne Jones-Cruz, right, shares a laugh with a customer as she wraps some newly purchased fabric. Photo By Virginia Still
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