After being laid off 3 times, woman teaches herself to sew and starts a booming bow tie business

Nisha Blackwell was putting herself through nursing school when she was laid off for the third time. Adding insult to injury, she was set to attend the first birthday party of a close friend’s daughter just a few days later. Now, she wouldn’t have enough money to buy a gift.

“That’s when I looked around and I said, ‘What do I have?’ I had a sewing machine still in a box, still sealed,” she told CBS News. “And I had this bag of thrifted clothes.”

Nisha had fabric and a sewing machine, but she didn’t actually know how to sew. So she took to YouTube, and video by video, taught herself.

“I was literally typing into YouTube: How to turn a Brother sewing machine on. How to thread the bobbin,” she recalls. “I probably didn’t make a stitch until midnight and this was in the hot summer when my house

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Bed Bath & Beyond posts surprise profit on booming online business

FILE PHOTO: Signs mark a Bed Bath & Beyond store in Somerville, Massachusetts, U.S. June 17, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

(Reuters) – Bed Bath & Beyond Inc BBBY.O on Thursday posted a surprise quarterly profit and its first comparable sales growth in nearly four years, boosted by strong online demand for home furnishing and decor, sending its shares up 17%.

Same-store sales jumped 6% for the second quarter ended Aug. 29, compared with a 1.78% drop estimated by analysts, according to IBES data from Refinitiv, largely helped by an 89% surge in online sales.

The retailer had been struggling to keep pace in a rapidly shifting retail landscape before the pandemic, prompting Chief Executive Officer Mark Tritton to focus more on the company’s online portfolio after taking charge last year.

“The marked improvement in our second quarter financial results reflects the potential of our digital-first, omni-always transformation,” Tritton said in a

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Bed Bath & Beyond Posts Surprise Profit on Booming Online Business | Investing News

(Reuters) – Bed Bath & Beyond Inc

on Thursday posted a surprise quarterly profit and its first comparable sales growth in nearly four years, boosted by strong online demand for home furnishing and decor, sending its shares up 17%.

Same-store sales jumped 6% for the second quarter ended Aug. 29, compared with a 1.78% drop estimated by analysts, according to IBES data from Refinitiv, largely helped by an 89% surge in online sales.

The retailer had been struggling to keep pace in a rapidly shifting retail landscape before the pandemic, prompting Chief Executive Officer Mark Tritton to focus more on the company’s online portfolio after taking charge last year.

“The marked improvement in our second quarter financial results reflects the potential of our digital-first, omni-always transformation,” Tritton said in a statement.

The company has benefited from consumers buying new furnishing and home decor online as many are expected to continue

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