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Hannah Johnson Fabrics working toward expansion

Janet Anelli, owner of Hannah Johnson Fabrics, preparing cut fabric.

A fabric store in Duluth’s Lakeside neighborhood is expanding into space where baked goods were the longtime order of the day.

Hannah Johnson Fabrics owner Janet Anelli said her shop at 4511 E. Superior St. is in the process of taking over the former Johnson’s Bakery location at 4509 E. Superior St. She hopes to open studio space there in November to use for sewing workshops.

Though the surnames are the same, there is no family connection between Hannah Johnson Fabrics and Johnson’s Bakery, Anelli said.

Johnson’s Bakery closed its Lakeside location on Mar. 17. For nearly 15 years the business sold goods that were baked on the other side of town at the main Johnson’s Bakery, 2230 W. Third St., which remains in operation.

In February, Johnson’s Bakery owner Scott Johnson told Perfect Duluth Day he was working with an unnamed party to assist in maintaining a bakery at the Lakeside location. According to Johnson’s sister, Sharon Torrison, the initial plan didn’t work out and the notion was abandoned when Anelli reached a rental agreement with building owner Peter Ullrich Jr.

Before she opens her studio, Anelli plans to paint, add new flooring and make the restroom wheelchair accessible.

Hannah Johnson Fabrics opened in 2008 in memory of Anelli’s grandmother, Hannah Johnson. The establishment sells fabrics, quilting supplies and patterns, and offers sewing classes that welcome all experience levels.

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