Pat and Bridget Mulqueen,
Mulqueen Sewing Centers
The story of Pat and Bridget's journey in the Sewing Industry began, in fact, across the sea. Born in Ireland, Pat Mulqueen immigrated to the United States and took his first job with the Museum of Natural History in New York City. His tenure with the Singer Sewing Company began in 1963 when he became a Singer Sales Representative, still in New York. When a position with the company became available in Phoenix, he took a chance and moved to the expanding American Southwest.
In 1977, Pat opened his first retail store in the region, which is also when his wife, Bridget, took a place beside him in the industry. At the store together, Pat and Bridget never hesitated to get involved in any aspect of the business to better understand their market and cater to customers. As the years passed and their family grew, Pat and Bridget raised their three sons – Ken, Keith, and Darren – to have a hand in the business, adapting the company to change and taking advantage of the newest technologies. "Together we have made Mulqueen Sewing Centers a top 10 dealer for many brands. We are so proud of our parents," say their sons.
Known as The Lake Sewing Centers for many years, Pat and Bridget changed the company name to Mulqueen Sewing Centers more recently in 2007. Recalling their start-up years, the Mulqueen family appreciates each other's commitment to growing such an outstanding legacy. They operate three successful stores across Arizona in the cities of Chandler, Glendale, and Mesa. In fact, customers often to refer to Mulqueen's East Mesa 14,000 sq. ft. store as "a sewing Disneyland" that attracts sewists from far, far away and leaves them in wonder. When you shop at Mulqueen Sewing Centers, you will find dozens of machines, over 20,000 bolts of fabric, over 20,000 sq. ft of notions plus lines of cabinets and vacuums.
Pat and Bridget have received many awards over the years such as: #1 dealer for Singer; Top 10 dealer for Janome, Brother, and Pfaff; and a top dealer for Gammill, Handi Quilter, and Juki as well. For over 30 years, they have traveled the world as winners of incentive trips from many major brands, but also have loved connecting with other dealers, leading discussions that help everyone grow.
2017 VDTA-SDTA Hall of Fame Inductee