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Lickety Stitch Quilts

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Shop: Lickety Stitch Quilts
Address: 206 S. Main Street, Lusk, WY 82225
Phone: 307-334-9963
Owner:  Karen Wisseman
Employees: 1 full time employee and 2 part- time employees
Website: www.licketystitchquilts.com
Facebook: Lickety Stitch Quilts

Services Offered: We are a full-service quilt shop with fabric, notions, patterns, books, classes, and provide machine quilting services. We have been in business for 8 years.

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Lickety Stitch Quilts opened in March of 2010.  My life-long love for fabric, sewing and quilting was all I had going for me as my education and background were in nursing, and I had worked as a legal assistant but I had no experience in retail.  I was pretty much totally ignorant about owning or running a retail business when I opened my shop. Plus Lusk is in the least populated state – Wyoming – and in the least populated county in Wyoming. So really I didn’t have a lot going for me!  I purchased the remaining inventory of a store that closed about 90 miles from Lusk.  My husband and I purchased an old restaurant on Main Street and remodeled the place into a quilt shop.  Highway 85 goes past our door, and it has been our salvation!  Our local population is very supportive of our store, but it is limited at best – and we could not survive on the local business alone.  We added a website for internet sales a couple years after opening, which slowly grew and gave us one more income source. I also offered machine quilting services from the beginning, another welcome and necessary service to the local quilting community. Continue reading Lickety Stitch Quilts

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Bolt Quilt Shop

pat at doorShop Name: Bolt Quilt Shop
Owner: Patty Rowley
Address: 12 Main St, Cornish, Maine 04020
Phone: 207-625-4255
Located in the center of a small historic town in Western Maine- 10 miles from the NH border

Website: boltfabricsmaine.com
Facebook: Bolt Fabrics
In business 5 years in August of this year!
No employees
Special Service: Small shop full of Inspiration! Offer classes. Vend at local quilt shows and guild meetings in Maine and New Hampshire

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How is your store different from other quilting stores near you?
The first thing you notice is how bright and colorful the shop is. I am grateful to have such good natural light! Visitors and customers always comment that I have such a wonderful variety of Fabrics in this small shop! I use vintage singer sewing machines in the shop including a 1910 Red Eye Singer treadle, so there is a unique mix of old and new here.

It’s important to me that when people walk through the door and feel welcome and when they leave they had a good experience and they are inspired (whether they are quilters or not). Music is very important in my life, and there is always music playing in my shop – mostly Vivaldi! Continue reading Bolt Quilt Shop

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Seams Like Home

Open for Business: Seams Like Home

Let us introduce you to this week’s Open for Business featured shop.
Shop: Seams Like Home
Address: 2153 E. 88th Ave., Anchorage, Alaska 99507
Phone: 907-677-8790
Website: www.akseams.com
Instagram: akseamslikehome
Facebook: www.facebook.com/akseams
Owner: Maret Anderson
Services: Fabric, classes, Bernina and Juki dealer, longarm rental and certification, guest teachers
Seams Like Home is located in Anchorage, Alaska (population 300,000) and was established in June of 2002.

Seams like Home: Sunrise
AQR: What does a customer see first when they come into your store? How often does that change?
Seams Like Home: Main Floor
Anderson: When a customer first walks in the door they usually pause and take in the wall of color. With our long Alaskan winters, bright colors are truly an inspiration. We display our new fabrics on rounders with lots of signage and samples. Our displays are constantly changing and we rearrange the fabrics often.

Seams Like Home has a unique variety of classes ranging from hand embroidery to machine software and everything in between, so we have samples everywhere. The main room is filled with our fabrics and we have a side area that focuses on sewing machines. We are a Bernina and Juki Dealer and offer certification classes where customers can be trained to use the Bernina Q24 long-arm, and then rent the machine to quilt their own projects. We have two Bernina Q24 long-arms set up. My daughter, Enjoli, is the owner of her own business, Doodle Quilting Studio, and she teaches the long-arm classes, does private quilting as well as quilting the shop samples. Continue reading Seams Like Home

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M&E Quilt Shop

Open for Business: M & E Quilt Shop

Let us Introduce You to This Week’s Open for Business Featured Shop

Shop: M&E Quilt Shoppe
Address: 279 E. Market Street, Sandusky, OH 44870
Phone: 419-502-9123
Owners: Debbie Neill & Jackie Sennish aka Mabel & Ethel
Website: mequiltshoppe.com
Instagram: mequiltshoppe
Facebook: mequiltshoppe
Special Service: You’ll leave our shop with a smile on your face laughing!
Located in a historical 1884 stand alone building in our downtown. Established in February 2014

Mabel and Ethel of M&E Quilt ShoppeAQR: What does a customer see first when they come into your store? How often does that change?

M&E Quilt Shoppe: View to the right of the front doorM&E: When you first enter M&E you are greeted with the newest fabric collection that has come into the shop.  This changes 1-2 times a month based on the number of bolts received.  Our store is small and open so you really do see everything upon entering the front door.  Our displays pieces are unique (the majority having been found on the side of the road) so a customer really has to stroll around the shop several times to see everything we have to offer.  Since we are so small we cannot really move display pieces but we do move fabrics around quite often as well as change out the quilts on the walls as samples are made.  It always surprises us when we move fabric we have had a while and customers all of a sudden think it is new to the shop. Continue reading M&E Quilt Shop

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Hen & Chicks Studio

Open for Business: Hen and Chicks Studio

Let us introduce you to this week’s Open for Business featured shop.
Shop: Hen & Chicks Studio
Owner: Heidi Kaisand
Location: 101 N. Main St., Conrad, Iowa; Conrad population is 1100
Phone: 641-366-3336
Web: henandchicksstudio.com
Facebook: /henandchicksstudio
Instagram: /henandchicksstudio
Years in Business: 6 (October 2011)
Services: quilting and scrapbooking supplies, longarm machine rental, fully-equipped retreat center

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Owner Heidi Kaisand outside of Hen and Chicks Studio
AQR: What does a customer see first when they come into your store? How often does that change?

Fat quarters in an old display unitKaisand: Because we own a large old building, the first thing customers often comment on is the “Wow” factor of the tall ceilings and the color that jumps out at them. It’s wonderful to get the impact of that large space and for the customer to be able to really see the quilts. We only change the quilts on the walls 2-3 times a year. There are several reasons for that. First, it’s labor intensive getting the ladder up and we end up having to move so much furniture on the floor in order to get where we need to be. It’s wonderful because we do deep cleaning on a regular basis! Second, our customers have so much to look at when they come in the store, they don’t often even see all the quilts in one visit. And, third, but often a huge factor, is the cost that is involved in making those quilts. I need to get the most out of every sample we make, from fabric sales to pattern sales. Continue reading Hen & Chicks Studio