Sunday , 20 May 2018

Stuart J’s Lens: Video Tales of Small Business – Fancy Fibers

By Stuart J. Pearlman, TSB Staff

Through the technology of my handy FLIP video camera, I do short interviews with different small business owners in and around McKinney.

Meet Mary Berry
What do you do after serving in the United States Navy, travelling the world, and raising children?  Mary Berry decided it was time to follow one of her lifelong passions to the next level.

Mary learned to knit in her 20’s, weave in her 30’s and spin in her 40’s. The next logical step was, of course, to go back to the beginning and raise the animals that provide the materials for her fascination, ne obsession, with textiles and the creation of clothing that will last for generations.

Enter Fancy Fibers

About three years ago Mary and husband Ken relocated 20 miles outside of McKinney to Farmersville.  They already had over a dozen rabbits and two Alpacas but added a slew of other farm animals whose sole purpose was to provide the raw materials for Mary to use to make clothing.  The bonus … there would be plenty to go around and Mary made a business out of it.

By the way, Mary gives new meaning to the question, ‘Who are you wearing?’

You can head out to Farmersville and visit Mary at Fancy Fibers but before you do, click on the little screen under the word “Video” below to hear Mary Berry’s story. 

If you think you have a story to tell send me an email at and tell me why you should be the focus of Stuart J’s Lens.

Here are some of the rules:
● Your business does not need to be an advertiser on (Although if you are reading this, you can already appreciate that TSB is the place to go to reach thousands of people like yourself who are interested in the goings-on in McKinney.)
● The objective is to be serious about small business in and around McKinney but in a fun way.  If not full of personality, (fun, charming, quirky….), you will not make the cut. (Note:  I stole that line from “Chopped”!)
● This personality could stem from what drove you to a particular business, what your strangest/funniest business experience has been or what we “really need to know” that we probably would not have guessed.  Boring, staid, “we make widgets and want people to come buy those widgets” stories will not be featured.
● Did I mention you don’t have to pay to play?  The cost of entry is simply a story the folks in McKinney would enjoy hearing.

Stuart J. Pearlman is a Marketing and Communications Consultant living in McKinney.  His video column, Stuart J’s Lens can be seen weekly on  Follow Stuart of Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

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