When you first meet knitwear designer Liz Tekus, three things become instantly apparent. She is devoted to her family (three sons and husband Hank), her city (Cleveland), and the staff and customers of her stores (Fine Points and Fine Points, Too, both located at 12620 Larchmere).
However, Tekus didn’t necessarily start out on the path her life has taken. In fact, little did she know that a crafting circle in friends’ homes when her kids were little would lead to this career.
An English, speech and theater teacher by training, Tekus first developed the business as a way to both support and keep close to her boys: Jay, Alexander and Andreas. Thirty years later, she has customers around town and across the country who are wearing, crafting and sharing her fine knitwear designs.
Tekus moved to the Larchmere neighborhood after 15 years at a Little Italy studio location. She chose Larchmere because it met so many of her personal goals.
“I wanted to choose a neighborhood in Cleveland to support the city, which is very important to me,” Tekus said. “And I found everything on my wish list on Larchmere — an urban heartbeat and the diversity of community.”
Visitors to her shop, situated in a beautiful Victorian home, often remark that it “feels European, very ‘Old World’” Tekus said with a smile. “I like that.”
She added, “They’re picking up on the fact that Larchmere is both trendy and has great roots.”
At the shop, you’ll find fine yarns and notions (Fine Points) as well as a clothing and jewelry boutique (upstairs at Fine Points, Too), designed to “accent your creative life.”
Another thing Tekus likes? Her retail partners in the neighborhood.
“We’re all invested in the neighborhood and our businesses — there’s a lot of good values here,” she noted with pride. “The support for each other is amazing. There is extreme generosity. We all want it to work.”
Tekus added, “It’s the power of independent businesses. We’re like the Three Musketeers — one for all and all for one.”
If you haven’t been to Fine Points yet, try the weekly knitting circle from 2 to 5 p.m. Fridays.
“Come in with your own yarn, or pick it up at the store,” she said.
And you’ll never know who you’ll see. Recently, folks from Cleveland Play House stopped by for period props, and a movie star and her mom stopped by during filming in Cleveland.
This coming year, Tekus is looking at adding a new turn in her path — curating a collection of clothing for the women who are “full of life” and looking for that special touch.
Tekus said: “Many of us may have moved beyond age 30 and size eight, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to look girly and fabulous!”
“Whether working with the Textile Association at the Museum of Art, traveling around the country to share designs, or welcoming people to the shop, I love what I do,” Tekus said.
And, not to put too fine a point on it, we do too!
Fine Points is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Call the store at 216-229-6644 or visit www.finepoints.com.
~ Story by Katie Montgomery, an active member of the Larchmere neighborhood. Larchmere is located one block north of Shaker Square, bordered by Shaker Boulevard, Kemper/N. Moreland, Fairhill Road, and E. 116th/MLK.