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In addition to being professionals with years of experience - we are well known for being just a whole lot of fun! Stop by and browse. See what's new. Be inspired. When it comes to fabrics, accessories and gifts, we're a garden like no other. Come by. We promise - we'll grow on ya!

Scroll below to read about our creative professionals. 
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Kristin

Floor Manager! I have been at CEF since 1999, except for the 4 years I spent on leave to pursue a career in girl punk bands... When that didn't work out I knew I just wanted to get back to CEF! I have been here ever since.

My favorite part of working at Cynthia East is getting to design throughout all design styles. I don't have to limit myself to one. I can do beach houses to log cabins, traditional to funky - I can appreciate and enjoy each one!

I stay creatively inspired by visiting thrift stores, local art galleries and searching for vintage fabrics. The girls call my style "Creepy Grandma!" Design trends I do not miss are bead, trim, and bouillon. If money were no object and I could build the home of my dreams it would be a replica of The Adams' Family mansion!

If a movie were to made about my life, a young Lucille Ball would be who would portray me!
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Elizabeth

I am a new sales associate. I’ve worked in retail since I graduated high school in 2014.

What I love about working with Cynthia East Fabrics is the community they have built here, the creative environment, and ALL the fabrics!

To stay creatively inspired, I’m currently attending Arkansas Fashion School, I maintain a constant stream of personal painting, sewing, and collaging. And now, coming to work!

My hobbies include sewing, collaging, and trying to win my dogs affection. My dream home is a classic Craftsman style with all the charming details untouched, overstuffed sofas and chairs, throws galore, full of 60s and 70s style wood furniture to match the trim. And my husband, Matt, cooking in the kitchen!

Some design trends I don't miss are shag carpet, fake fruit, animal hides, and puffy valances. Some design trends I do miss are non-all-white kitchens, non-all-white sofas and furniture, non-all-as-they-came tan walls.
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Karen

Office Girl! I started at CEF in January 1990 as an intern. But really I started babysitting for Cynthia's children at 16 and babysat my way through high school and college. I needed a design internship for my college degree. I called Cynthia to ask her if she knew anyone and she told me to come on down to the store and do it here! And...I've been here EVER since! 

What I love about working at CEF is our products!

A design trend I don't miss are balloon shades. A design trend I wish could come back is tableskirts! All I have to do to stay creatively inspired is come to work!

My main hobby is going to the lake with my big ole family!

Cute Jennifer Gardner would be perfect to play me in a movie about my life!
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Adele

Sales & Merchandising! I have been with CEF since Sept. 2016. I was interested in CEF because my mom worked here when she was my age - with Ginger! - I have worked in local retail for many years while attending UALR.

What I love about working at CEF is getting to be creative and share that creativity with people every day. I love the environment and relationship I have with my fellow coworkers - we have a lot of fun and are all very close.

To stay creatively inspired, I love looking at home magazines. I also follow many different bloggers and love keeping up with the most recent fabric trends.

If money were no object, my dream home would a classic southern architecture for the exterior. The interior would be a mix between modern and classic design - lots of bright colors!

If a movie were made about my life, Reese Witherspoon would portray me. Whoever it is, they've gotta have a good southern accent.


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Yasmin

Hi, I'm Yasmin, a new sales associate and I am extremely excited to be working here this year! I'm 17 years old, and I am currently a senior at Mount St. Mary!

I love working at CEF because of the atmosphere and being able to learn how to be creative in new and exciting ways!

To stay creatively inspired I look at home magazines and scroll through home design pages on Pinterest.

My main hobby is reading, my never ending list :D. 

My dream home would be in an open concept not just on the inside but also on the outside with open garden with popping colors everywhere!
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Ginger

Sales! I started in 1983 straight from the Home Economics department in Fayetteville. I heard about an open position from a friend, came and applied, and here we are.  

I love that it is a family atmosphere. I love solving customer's problems making them happy - we get to build relationships with customers. Some of the customers I work with have been here as long as I have. Buying fabric is a fun purchase so it makes my job fun - watching a room get pulled together is exciting and satisfying.  

Design trends I do not miss are swags and jabot window treatments. ugh.  A design trend I want to see come back... Just give me more 50s modern furniture! 

To stay creatively inspired, I love making jewelry and needlepoint. 

My dream home would be on the beach, with lots of windows, in soft blues, greens, turquoise, and whites. 
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Michele

I have been a real estate agent for the last 14 years or so and work some evenings at Anthropologie. I have recently started working at Cynthia East and love it!

Everyone is so nice and I feel like I have been accepted into a new family! I could go on and on as why I love working here, working with all this lovely fabric fromnice relaxing neutrals to fun bright patterns. I stay inspired by being surrounded by so many creative people. I also get my inspiration by hiking and trying to bring mother nature in the house. My dream home would be a self-sustainable rustic barn full of antiques with a natural spring in the backyard. My hobbies are anything
outdoors from hiking around, kayaking, and gardening. 

 On a rainy day I love a sewing project. The song title that would best describe me is Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros (Home is where ever I am with you).


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Allison

I'm a sales girl here at Cynthia East Fabrics. I graduated from Hendrix College in 2015 with my BA in Studio Arts (Specifically printmaking!) and I love making soft and pretty art, usually of girls (because girls are so cool). I also enjoy embroidery and sewing. If you need an embroidered portrait of your pet, I'm your gal!!  

My dream home has a ton of windows for natural light and lacy curtains that I can pull when I get to sleep in. My bed is soft and very fuzzy pillow heavy. I have a big studio space well equipped with markers, paint, a printmaking press, and lots of embroidery floss, and I have little mice that help me tidy up when I'm finished with a project. There are Christmas tree lights hung everywhere and plenty of autumn scented candles. I have a whole room dedicated to blow up furniture and my collection of little things. The kitchen is stocked with cheese and Sleepy Time tea. There are also lots of good dogs that love me.  

My hobbies include petting dogs, watching scary movies with my friends, and taking bubble baths. A song title to describe myself... Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (they just wanna...they just wanna).

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Lizzie

I like to provide customers with a big grin and a happy attitude to make their shopping experience a positive one. I used to work security, I LOVE this place!

This job tickles my creative fancy, and that's what I love the most about working here. I love to see new items and follow local artists. This pushes me to continually be creative. My hobbies include beadwork, sending art in the mail to friends around the US, seeing live music and surviving graduate school!

If anyone could play me in a movie I would want Melissa McCarthy or Rebel Wilson - they would do me justice. A song title that best describes me is Positive Jam by The Hold Steady. A design trend I do not miss is crushed velvet and choker necklaces. 


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Jack

I'm the guy.

I love the friendly atmosphere at the people I work with. They actually care and are like a family. To stay inspired, I constantly look for anything that looks new, not done before and anything I like that may be "weird" to some people.

My dream home would be either a sizable apartment in New York, or a open, sunny house or apartment in LA. I like to spend my free time finding old but unique/relevant pictures and videos of skating or using random sounds or pieces of old music to incorporate a sample in a beat.

If I could spend a night out with anyone it would definitely be Frank Ocean, Travis Scott and Spike Jones or Mark Gonzales. A design trend I hope never comes back is ripped flannels with stonewash tees and slim jeans.

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Maizy

I'm Maizy!

I'm the CEF Mascot. This has been my only job because I'm so wonderful at it. I love working with people who adore me, and that's definitely CEF.

My dream home would have lots of open space for my hot laps, and piles of shredded paper towels as furniture. My hobbies include hiding among the JellyCat stuffed animals at work (no one can tell the difference), and eating cheese and crackers.

Lassie would play me in a movie about my life because she's so beautiful, like me!

Go CEF Go!

Our Story...

In 1977 Cynthia East decided to leave her job in advertising to transform her love of fabrics into a business. At the time, decorative fabrics were not easily accessible to Arkansans. Cynthia changed that. As the business grew, Cynthia took on more team members, namely Terry Dilday. With Terry's start in 1981, their partnership became indispensable to the company and grew into a lifelong friendship. Since then, Cynthia East and Terry Dilday have set the standard for incredible service, quality, selection, and creativity in the Central Arkansas area. Their simple love of fabrics and talent for design have established the company as a Little Rock institution. Visitors of the store are sure to receive the royal treatment as soon as they walk through the color changing front door. Cynthia, Terry, and the whole team work as a unit to bring your design dreams to fruition.
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