In case you missed the feature on owner Liz Tekus in the Larchmere Neighborhood Spotlight- here is the article!
Neighborhood Spotlight: Liz Tekus
… putting “Fine Points” on life, Larchmere and more
When you first meet knitwear designer Liz Tekus, three things become instantly apparent – she is devoted to her family (three boys), her city (Cleveland), and the staff and customers of her stores (Fine Points & Fine Points, Too – 12620 Larchmere.)
However, Liz didn’t necessarily start out on the path her life has taken. In fact, little did she know that a crafting circle in friends homes when her kids were little would lead to this career.
An English, speech and theater teacher by training, Liz first developed the business as a way to both support and keep close to her boys – Jay, Alexander and Andreas. Thirty years later, she has customers around town & across the country who are wearing, crafting and sharing her fine knitwear designs.
Liz moved to Larchmere after 15 years at a Little Italy studio location. She chose Larchmere because it met so many of her personal goals. “I wanted to choose a neighborhood in Cleveland to support the city, which is very important to me,” notes Liz. “And, I found everything on my wish list on Larchmere – an urban heartbeat and the diversity of community.”
Visitors to her shop, situated in a beautiful Victorian home, often remark that it “feels European, very ‘Old World’” smiles Liz. “I like that.” She adds, “they’re picking up on the fact that Larchmere is both trendy and has great roots.” At the shop you’ll find fine yarns and notions (Fine Points) as well as a clothing and jewelry boutique (upstairs in Fine Points, Too), designed to “accent your creative life.”
Another thing Liz likes? Her retail partners in the neighborhood. “We’re all invested in the neighborhood and our businesses – there’s a lot of good values here,” she notes with pride. “The support for each other is amazing. There is extreme generosity – we all want it to work.” Liz adds, “It’s the power of independent businesses. We’re like the Three Musketeers – one for all and all for one.”
If you haven’t been to Fine Points yet, try a Weekly Knitting Circle – 2-5 p.m. Fridays. Or, Liz hopes you’ll stop in on Dec. 1st for a special “Quick Knit for Giving” event. Her staff has picked out projects you can finish in one-to-two weeks – just in time to give your holiday gifts a personal touch. “Come in with your own yarn, or pick it up at the store,” she adds. And, you’ll never know who you’ll see. Recently, the Play House has stopped by for period props and a movie star and her mom stopped by during filming.
This coming year, Liz is looking at adding a new turn in her path – curating a collection of clothing for the women Liz describes as “normal, full-of-life” and looking for that special touch. “Many of us may have moved beyond age 30 and size eight – but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to look girly and fabulous!”
“Whether working with the Textile Association at the Museum of Art, traveling around the country to share designs, or welcoming people to the shop, I love what I do,” notes Liz. And, not to put too fine a point on it, we do too!
Story and photo by Katie Montgomery