Calico Gals is the home of Row by Row Experience!
Calico Gals is best known for being the home of Row by Row Experience, and we invite you to come visit our fun and friendly store and see where it all began!
In 2001 Janet Lutz and a business partner opened Calico Gals by transforming the upper floors of an 1860s barn near the historic Erie Canal into a cozy haven for stitchers and quilters. It soon became a popular destination for local quilters and travelers from all directions including Canada. Janet became the sole owner of Calico Gals in 2006.
In November 2009 Calico Gals moved to the current location on New Court Avenue in Syracuse. The store offers wonderful features for customers:
- We are a Quilt Sampler Featured Shop and an Accuquilt Signature Shop
- Easy access to the main shopping area and classroom
- Free and ample parking space
- Beautiful large windows to let in natural light
- Radiant floor heating to keep you cozy in the cooler months
At Calico Gals we take pride in delighted customers, an enthusiastic staff, homegrown patterns, popular events and retreats, and a highly anticipated quarterly Playlist which lists our classes, clubs, and special events. The shop is pleasantly overstuffed with a huge array of cottons and flannels. A variety of classes and workshops, held in our classroom, introduce the latest trends and techniques for beginner and experienced sewing enthusiasts.
Janet operates the busy shop hand-in-hand with a creative, fun-loving staff. The addition of Elna, Baby Lock, and Handi Quilter machines and Koala Studios makes the store an essential stop for everyone who loves sewing and crafting.
Janet has been awarded many honors: KeyBank’s Key4Women National Advisory Board (2012), KeyBank national advertising campaign, Key4Women Achieve Award (2011), member of the class of 2012 of the US Small Business Administration Emerging 200, board member of the Quilters Consortium of New York, and Central New York Women in Business Award (2007).
Janet and Calico Gals in the news
Janet is one of the guest stars on The Quilt Show airing May 29, 2016.
Janet was included in a cover story on Central New York businesswomen in Central New York Magazine.
Janet and Calico Gals were in the spotlight in the November 2012 issue of Syracuse Woman. View the issue. (The article about Janet is on page 22.)
Janet was mentioned in Post-Standard article in 2009. Read the article.
Janet was featured in a KeyBank print ad and a KeyBank commercial in the spring of 2012.
Calico Gals was first featured in FabShop News in the February 2011 edition.
Calico Gals (Janet in particular!) was featured in the June 2012 edition of FabShop News. FabShop News has kindly made the article available as a PDF download. Download a copy (1.9 MB).
The premier issue of Syracuse Woman, March/April 2011, included a write up about Calico Gals leading the local Wounded Warrior effort with the Quilts of Valor program. View the issue.
A profile of Janet appeared in the Syracuse Post-Standard in July 2011. Read it.
Take a peek inside the store!
Calico Gals is closed until the threat of coronavirus is lifted. Thank you for the support of our small business. We look forward to getting together again when the world calms down.
Calico Gals Quilt Shop and Sewing Center