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Meet a Business: Runway Couture

Meet a Business is a series featuring the person behind some of your favorite locally-owned businesses.
Chrissy Crawford poses next to a sewing mannequin
What is your name?
Chrissy Crawford

What's your hometown? 
Boston, MA

What is your business name? 
How many years have you owned/managed your business? 
9
What did you want to be as a child?
A lawyer

What is the most popular item you sell?
Prom & Bridal Gowns; sewing lessons.

What local business can you not live without?
Soul Taco, Brewers Waffle & Cafe

In what ways has your business changed since COVID-19?
Prom season was my biggest season and that completely shut down. With events being cancelled so were the custom clothing orders.

What's the first thing you do every morning to set the tone for your day?
I pray for a great and productive day and for blessings for my friends and family. Make coffee, then go.

What tool, object, or ritual could you not live without in your workday?
I must have my sewing machine. Life isn’t right without one.

How did you come up with the name for your business?
A few friends helped me brainstorm and since I always participate and planned fashion shows we came up with Runway, and Couture is made to measure clothing, so Runway Couture was born.

How did you get the idea for your business?
It started off as my love for shoes and turned to clothing boutique to creating custom garments and gowns.

What does the world need more of?
Unity & Love

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
The ability to create a clone so I could get more done.

What's your favorite thing to do in Richmond when you're not in your business?
Check out new restaurants.

What's your hidden talent?
I don’t promote it as much but I style hair also.

Who do you look up to and why?
My mother is such a boss mom and wife. I truly got my entrepreneurial spirit from her.

What do you love most about Richmond?
I love that it is pretty much the center of the east coast. It’s so full of culture and hidden gems.

What's the best thing about being a local business owner? 
Being able to make clients feel great about they way they look on their special occasions.

Photo Credits: Orrie Gaines Photography
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