Callie Works-Leary, founder of Dallas-based modern fabric boutique CityCraft, honored as one of America’s coolest young entrepreneurs by national business magazine.
DALLAS; July 19, 2010 – Inc., the national magazine for growing companies, released the 2010 Top 30 Under 30 list today, naming Dallas business owner Callie Works-Leary as one of the “coolest entrepreneurs in America”.
Works-Leary, 29, is the owner and founder of CityCraft Modern Fabric Boutique & Sewing Lounge located in the Inwood Village shopping center. Recently expanded to meet demand, CityCraft makes sewing cool again with a collection of modern and stylish fabrics and sewing classes for all ages and levels.
Frustrated by the lack of resources for young, modern sewers in the Dallas area, Works-Leary developed the concept for CityCraft shortly after graduating from SMU’s Cox School of Business with an MBA in Entrepreneurship.
“The job market was horrible when I graduated, and I always knew I wanted to start my own business, so I was constantly on the lookout for good opportunities,” says Works-Leary. “Most people are surprised to learn that I started sewing just a few months before I started writing the CityCraft business plan.”
Unlike most owners of similar boutiques across the country, Ms. Works-Leary knows she is a business owner first and a hobbyist at a very distant second. “Running a business is all-consuming,” notes Works-Leary. “Most people that start hobby-related businesses burn out quickly because they believe that running a business related to their hobby means practicing their hobby all day long. I rarely get to sew, but that’s okay. What gives me the most satisfaction is delighting my customers.”
Callie Works-Leary is also a graduate of The Hockaday School in Dallas, Texas, and Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York.
For more information about Inc. Top 30 Under 30, contact Lindsay Silberman at email@example.com or (212) 389 5341.