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Organic clothing store hopes to sew growth into Greenville economy

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A sign for the local products hangs inside the Main Street store. (April 9, 2014/FOX Carolina) A sign for the local products hangs inside the Main Street store. (April 9, 2014/FOX Carolina)
Some of the baby clothes for sale at Spiritex in Greenville. (April 9, 2014/FOX Carolina) Some of the baby clothes for sale at Spiritex in Greenville. (April 9, 2014/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

When Jacqui Hoffman sees something interesting while window shopping, she usually stops and takes another look.

"I saw the sign across the street and it pulled me over," Hoffman said. "I'm seeing more and more stores that everything is more locally made."

And that's why she walked into Spiritex along Main Street in Greenville Wednesday afternoon. It's a clothing store where you'll find a sign that states "Grown and Sewn in the USA."

"We seem to not have enough jobs. We send everything overseas just because we can get it cheaper," Hoffman said.

Managers say this is the first store in the area where organic clothes are made and sold. Inside, shoppers will find clothes for men, women and babies.

"This pocket is made out of PET, which stands for polyethylene terephthalate, which is recycled bottles," Marylou Marsh said.

She's the president and owner of Spiritex. She said when she decided to eat organic foods, she also decided to change the way she made clothes.

"We would have rolls of fabric that came in that had fume warnings on it - you should work in ventilated areas, so that's what made me start looking," Marsh said.

She said she gets the organic cotton from Texas.

"And then we bring it to different mills or weaving which is in South or North Carolina," Marsh said.

And she said making and selling clothes in and from the area also sees money back into the economy.

"We try and bring that back and have that skilled worker be able to sew a beautiful garnet and feel proud of something," Marsh said.

Marsh said because of growing interest from shoppers for the store's organic fabrics, the company is also now selling fabrics online.

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