Photo by Pat Brown
Donna Worrell, the new proprietor of Sew Biz in Radford, holds up a cloth panel that boasts a colorful scene and its own reflection.  She suggested to a crowd of customers that it would make beautiful tote bags to own or for gifts.

Pat Brown

Contributing Writer


Donna Worrell has been working two jobs for the past 10 years, but now she will be known exclusively as the new owner of Sew Biz in Radford.

She had been planning to retire at the end of October from her job as an engineer and auditor in the Radford Army Ammunition Plant (RAAP) quality assurance department.

A month short of that retirement, Worrell’s scheduled got complicated when Marianne Beeson, owner of Sew Biz for nearly four decades, sold her business to Worrell. Now instead of being a part-time employee of the sewing shop, she was owner.

Sew Biz opened in 1981 with Beeson at the helm at a small…

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