ADDRESS: 312 SW Jefferson Avenue (in The Alley, a men’s resale clothing shop), Corvallis, OR 97333
FACEBOOK: Jefferson Alley Tailoring & Alterations
OWNER: Mohammed Aref Rezaee
YEARS IN BUSINESS: 15 years as a tailor, 1 year in Corvallis
WHAT HE SELLS: Garment tailoring, handmade suits and alterations
WHY YOU SHOULD GO: For quality tailoring and alterations, provided with care and dedication
Customer comfort and satisfaction are high priorities for Mohammad Rezaee. Committed to providing personal service, he wants his customers to feel free to talk with him about their interests and views in what they want in their alterations and clothing styles. He encourages customers to discuss price, alterations, and the quality of the job so that they’re happy with the work he does for them.
Mohammed, when and why did you decide to start your business? I have been in the tailoring business here for about a year. I have been a tailor, off and on, for about 15 years. I started in my home in Afghanistan, and I worked between there and Iran. I came here from Afghanistan five years ago. I have done many jobs over the years to support my family, but I have kept coming back to tailoring when the need came. Tailoring is a basic life skill.
Tell us more about your services. I do everything in my job as a tailor. I make suits and alterations for both men and women, and I do all types of clothing – shirts, dresses, jeans – most anything that people bring in.
What does your business do better than anyone else? Why should folks patronize your business? I do it all when it comes to tailoring. There are other tailors in town, but I want my customers to feel comfortable and free to openly discuss everything about their clothing interests, from quality to price.
What challenges have you faced as an independent local business owner? I have not had any real challenges here. Everyone is so friendly, and they are good people. People’s clothes are very personal to them, and sometimes they feel worried about having their favorite pair of pants or shirt or dress changed too much. I tell them not to worry; we can change everything back and re-alter until it’s just as they want it.
What do you enjoy most about owning a local, independent business in Corvallis? Owning my business, my time is my own. If I want to work 10 to 15 hours a day I can; if I don’t want to, I won’t. No one is looking over my shoulder. I work like I want. I do as much as I want, as much as I can.
How important is sustainability to you and your business? Sustainability is very important to me. The work I do is a statement of sustainability. I fix and alter clothes so people can keep wearing their favorites so they don’t have to buy more, and they don’t have to throw away old clothes. So they’re not wasting the resources or power that it takes to make new clothes.
Please give us your take-away message about your business. I want people to feel free and comfortable to come here and discuss what they want, how they feel about the quality of their alterations and about prices. I want them to feel like they can come and be open.
(Interview and article by Ron Garnett – August 19, 2014)
The Local Business of the Week program is designed to help the Corvallis community identify our locally owned independent businesses by featuring one business each week. The program is part of the Buy Local First campaign co-sponsored by the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition and the Community Independent Business Alliance (CIBA).