Startup: Tigard-based Hot Skwash grows from home business to wholesaler

"I would say it's a great stay-at-home thing for a little extra spending money -- and now it's at Neiman Marcus."

Daria Knowles hasn't stopped stitching velvet pumpkins since creating her first nearly a decade ago. She didn't imagine her

brand would one day sell in hundreds of boutiques across the country, let alone high-end retailer Neiman Marcus.

What started as a side gig soon enveloped her West Linn home with part-time employees, fabric bolts and shipping supplies. Today workers stitch 2,000 pumpkins every week in the brand's new Tigard base.

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