Oct. 12, 2018 By Tara Law
The Stonework, a boutique specializing in hand-stitched and American-made goods, will close in January, the store’s owners have announced on Facebook.
The company, which has been located at 37-06 Ditmars Boulevard for two years, is owned by Ana Stone and her husband James Guccione. The store is known for fashionable takes on American workwear for men and women, including denim jackets embroidered with slogans like “Queens ’Til I Die.”
Stone wrote on Instagram that she had decided to close the store to spend more time with her children, including a baby girl who is expected to be born in January.
“This decision was so hard and feels like I’m trading one baby for another, especially after the blood, sweat and tears we put into making 37-06 Ditmars so special,” Stone wrote. “BUT I have been reminding myself that the one thing I’ve always wanted was a family and I don’t want my girls to suffer for the sake of a business.”
Stone wrote that she would continue to run her chain stitched embroidery business, which she will operate out a private studio.
Stone said that she would work to help find a business for the Ditmars Boulevard storefront that will be a “positive addition to the Ditmars District.” She invited businesses interested in the space to contact her at [email protected]
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Dear friends, family, and loyal customers: As many of you know, we have another new addition coming to our family in January. Being a full time stay at home mom and a full time owner of two businesses is no joke; which is why I’ve painfully made the decision to close my brick and mortar shop in January, after our third holiday season and when our third baby girl arrives. I’ll continue my chainstitch embroidery business out of a private, by appointment only studio and will be available for any and all embroidery needs. This decision was so hard and feels like I’m trading one baby for another, especially after the blood, sweat and tears we put into making 3706 Ditmars so special. BUT I have been reminding myself that the one thing I’ve always wanted was a family and I don’t want my girls to suffer for the sake of a business. We’ve built such a strong community in Astoria and I’m going to try my best to help put a business in this space that will be a positive addition to the Ditmars District in our absence. If you can see your business in our space, shoot me an email: [email protected] Xo, Ana