NYACK, N.Y. -- Leather crafters now have a one-stop Nyack shop for the raw materials that go into making everything from wallets and dog collars to wrist bands and mukluks.
Tandy Leather, a specialty retailer and wholesale distributor, opened at 298 Main St. in March.
Founded in 1919, it has dozens of stores in the United States, Canada, and several other countries.
The Fort Worth, Texas-based company’s broad product line includes leather, hand tools, buckles and adornments for belts, dyes and finishes, saddle and tack hardware, patterns, and do-it-yourself kits.
Nyack, with its arty downtown and proximity to New York City, was an ideal location for its new shop, said Tandy’s executive officer, Shannon L. Greene.
The store, she said, gives the company a “local presence” as well as access to its “solid customer base” in the metropolitan area.
While the company’s main focus appears to be on larger businesses like handbag makers and clothing designers, it also serves smaller operations, like folks who sell handmade leather goods online, and hobbyists.
Store manager Kelly Perini said the new shop is starting to offer leatherworking lessons.
Once a month, it holds a two-class workshop which teaches the fundamentals of leather tooling, stamping, carving, and stitching, she said.
“Most people don’t want to do huge, huge project right off the bat, they want to learn the basics,” Perini said.
Perini added that she, and other staff members, are also happy to help folks who “walk in off the street” with simple techniques.
Sometime this month, the store will hold an intermediate-level class on making fancy book covers, she said.
Tendy, as a company, also sells saddle and tack hardware at equestrian shows and online.
The store also has a Facebook page where customers can display pictures of their projects.
The store’s hours are: 9 a.m. -- 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m. -- 4 p.m. Saturdays. It is closed on Sundays.
The store can be reached by calling (845) 480-3588, or (toll free) (877) 892-1214.
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