Winter purchases local embroidery business

Molly Winter, left, is the new owner of MJ Embroidery and Designs in Buffalo Center, as she purchased AJ Embroidery from Jo Steffensen, center, and Al Carson on October 1. She will operate the embroidery business out of the former beauty shop space located in the lower level of the Bison Graphics/Buffalo Center Tribune building at 124 N. Main St.

Molly Jean Winter of Rake is the new owner of Buffalo Center’s embroidery business, as she purchased AJ Embroidery on October 1 from Al Carson and Joann Steffensen. The business also has a new name, MJ Embroidery and Designs, based on Molly’s own initials.

The business will continue to operate in the same building at 124 N. Main St., although it is moving downstairs and around the corner to a space formerly occupied by a beauty shop, located at 14 2nd St. NE. Embroidery customers should use the side entrance on the north of the building, which is also the entrance for Creative Quilting.

While she’s new to embroidery, Molly says she was interested in owning her own business, and she didn’t want to see the embroidery business leave town.

By staying in the same building, she’ll benefit from the expertise of the former owners. “Al and Jo are very generously offering all the help I need,” said Molly. “I look forward to continuing to provide great service.”

Molly will also continue to work full-time as the director of the Winnebago County Task Force, based at the school in Buffalo Center. She has one day off from that job each week, so she expects she’ll work at MJ Embroidery on that day, as well as after school hours on other weekdays.

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