Stitch in Time Antique and Gift Mall is housed in a charming 1912 three story brick building with creaking diagonal wood floorboards and original pressed tin ceilings. The 40 x 120 foot structure at 43 N. Market Street (earlier known as Main Street) in Millerstown was built by Banks W. Page and his son Charles C. Page as a shirt factory. This building replaced their wood frame shirt factory building on High Street and Poplar Alley which B. W. Page had opened in 1904 and which his business of 40 employees outgrew.
On the end of the 1912 building toward Route 322 you can still read the original painted ad for “SHIRTS, B. W. Page & Son”. B. W. Page retired in 1916 and sold the business to his son Charles who had become a partner in the business in 1910. In 1919 Charles Page sold the business to Phillips-Jones Corporation of New York City and he remained on as manager. He also managed their plants at Thompsontown and Mifflin, PA.
The 1912 factory building was later occupied by Blough-Wagner, then by Sherer Dress Company in 1968 and by Lyon Fashion in 1973. During that time the factory was used for making ladies dresses and nightgowns. The outlet store for these items was next door in the stone house at 41 N. Market Street.
About 1987 the building ceased operations as a factory and sat empty until 1994 when Darin and Kelly Lesh of Liverpool purchased the building. Kelly’s parents Max and Phylis Earnest at that time owned Heart at Home gift shop in Liverpool. Kelly also had quite a few aunts and uncles who owned shops in surrounding towns. Kelly and Darin’s dream was to open a shop of their own. So with the help of friends, family and their two young boys “Stitch in Time Antique & Gift Mall” was born. Doors opened July of 1994. At that time the main floor and some of the upstairs was being used. Currently all three floors, 75 booths total are filled! The cooperative venture featuring antiques, furniture, collectibles, crafts and gifts.
In 1998 the Lesh family sold Stitch to Robert and Rosalie Reichenbach of Liverpool, the current owners.
The Reichenbach’s have continued to grow on Kelly and Darin’s dreams of turning the old dress factory into something unique and special. It just keeps getting better each year!