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  Mel's Sewing & Fabric Center
Anaheim, CA

Mel's Sewing & Fabric Center in Anaheim, CA, is our April Independent Dealer of the Month.

Staff photo of Mel's Sewing & Fabric Center
Pictured from left: Charlene Pendergraft, Anaheim Store Manager, Brian Lytton, Head Technician, Mary Lytton,
founding owner, Perry Lytton, Current Owner, PJ Lytton,
Tustin Store Manager, Carol Hatton, Director of Education.
Interior photo of Mel's Sewing & Fabric Center
Store interior, Mel's Sewing & Fabric Center

Mel's was "born" the same day as Perry Lytton, June 1, 1956. One might say that Perry literally grew up working in the business, founded by his parents, Bud and Mary Lytton. Perry eventually took full ownership of the business after his father became ill. Mary, for who the business was named still does the bookkeeping and two of his four children are employed at Mel's.

Perry Jr. is the manager of one of their locations, and Brian is in charge of the service and repair department. Occasionally Brian brings in his two oldest sons to do simple repairs and inventory. Mel's has kept the family tradition alive.

Mel's Sewing & Fabric Center has always believed in providing their community with the highest quality goods and services. Today they carry the full Bernina and Baby Lock sewing lines, along with an extensive selection of machine accessories, fabrics, classes, and furniture.

Perry and his family decided long ago to make their faith a priority and run the business in a manner that reflects their Christian faith. Mel's believes that they should serve their customers; not the other way around. They desire to treat others the way they would want to be treated; with honesty, respect and a friendly smile. Noting their business strategy Perry stated, "We have participated in local fairs, trade and quilt shows, as well as doing various internet based sales, but after 57 years, we believe repeat customers and word of mouth is the best marketing for any business. We think it says something that we have customers who have traded with us for over 40 years, bringing their families into Mel's. In some cases, these have been third generation customers." Mel's believes it is important to support their community's churches, local guilds and clubs, youth activities, and local schools. Over the course of 57 years Mel's has received top dealer awards on the state, local and nationwide levels, from Bernina and other distributors.

Sharing advice to other dealers, Perry said, "You should treat customers with a warm, friendly smile, respect them and provide them with outstanding service. Listen to what your customers say. It's so important!"

You can visit Mel's Sewing & Fabric Center at www.melssewing.com

Pictured from left: Charlene Pendergraft, Anaheim Store Manager, Brian Lytton, Head Technician, Mary Lytton, founding owner, Perry Lytton, Current Owner, PJ Lytton, Tustin Store Manager, Carol Hatton, Director of Education.