The owner, Diane McGregor, had been in the corporate world for 16 years, and unexpectedly became the casualty of "downsizing".
Knowing that chances were slim that at the "advanced age" of 47 she
could find another job in a similar position, Diane
decided to follow her
dream of opening a needlework shop.
After attending Chico State College in California, Diane decided to get a fun job for a while before embarking on a real career.
moved to Las Vegas, Nevada to pursue another of her
After traveling in a road show with Martha Raye and working with Jimmy Durante, Diane
was fortunate to land a dancing job in the largest show in Las Vegas, Hallelujah Hollywood, at the MGM Grand Hotel.
took an interest and began by purchasing her
first embroidery kit.
It wasn't long until she
A Disneyland of canvas and thread.
A vast array of canvases, kits, accessories and threads await the discerning stitcher.
As time went on and life became more hectic, needlework was put on the back burner.
But in 1992 Diane
found a local needlepoint shop, began taking classes, and the addiction took hold once more.
Caught up in the corporate world and commuting 3 ½ hours a day to her
job, needlepoint became her
love of needlework was so great it was inevitable that she
would one day open a shop.
The Regal Rabbit Name
Many people have asked how we chose the name The Regal Rabbit
The store carries everything from A to Z
in the way of Needlepoint products.
Since the store is much more than a needlework shop, Diane
needed a name that was not product specific, but was unique and, hopefully, easy to remember.
has always loved rabbits and has a large collection of them in her