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Worthington Announces Sew to Speak, L.L.C. as Tenant for Historic Kilbourne Memorial Building

Worthington City Council has approved an agreement to lease over 2,000 square feet in the historic Kilbourne Memorial Building, 752 High Street on the Village Green, to Sew to Speak, L.L.C. Sew to Speak specializes in unique fabrics, sewing and knitting accessories and sewing machine sales. Owner Anita Gastaldo is moving from her current location in Clintonville, where she has been located for eight years. The new location expands the store’s retail space and will offer increased inventory and the ability to provide more sewing and knitting classes. Sew to Speak is known as a destination shop that caters to young professional women with families and customers of all ages and genders interested in learning and creating.

The lease agreement provides that Sew to Speak will invest approximately $180,000 in improvements to the building. In exchange, rent is abated for seven years. The lease has an initial term of ten years with an option to renew for an additional seven years. After the abatement, rent is charged at $15 per square foot. The improvements made by the tenant including finishing the retail space ceilings, walls and floors, HVAC equipment and building restrooms.

The Kilbourne Memorial building initially served as the City’s first public library. The library was constructed in 1927 with a gift from Mary Deshler, the granddaughter of Worthington Founder James Kilbourne. It later served as the Worthington School Administration offices. The City of Worthington purchased the building in 2006 in order to ensure its long-term preservation. The City has already invested in a number of repairs to the building, including a new roof, tuckpointing and asbestos abatement. With the help of a state grant, major renovations were completed to make the building fully accessible. The building improvements by Sew to Speak will complete the work necessary to make the space ready for occupancy.

Gastaldo says it offers her just the kind of environment she’s looking for. “Growing up in Columbus, I have always enjoyed and looked forward to visiting beautiful downtown Worthington as a destination for inspiration, food, and shopping but I never imagined that I might run a business there. I cannot imagine a better place to locate my growing business,” said Gastaldo. “We plan to bring the Kilbourne building to life with sewing and knitting. The modern sewing and knitting movement will be a perfect fit for downtown Worthington as it continues to bring creativity and education to its residents.”