New life stitched into Cottage Grove fabric shop

COTTAGE GROVE – When longtime Grover Sue Rosenthal retired in June, Pandora's Fabrics Shop in historic downtown Cottage Grove started a new chapter – under new ownership.

Ryan Thomas, owner of Ryan Thomas Construction in Coburg, bought the building with intention to revitalize the quilt shop and create a “community hub.”

“I think one of the reasons that I am attracted to properties in older downtown areas is because of the character and history,” Thomas said. “The downtowns of America were neglected for a long time. And now, people are coming back. For me, it’s not about making them a . . .