Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Another one bites the dust!

Our area has a few quilt shops.  A few speckled in some of the small towns in the area.  When I am in the area, I stop in.  On Saturday, MJJR was in a band competition about 30 minutes away.  In between competitions, I ran over to their LQS.  Lots of vehicles in the parking lot….some were in front of a sign saying…”Please don’t”.  I parked and checked out the  8” x 10” sign before I went in.  “Please don’t park in front of the dumpster” was pinned to the large sign saying, “Closing the business”.   The LQS is in an old church that still has all the old pews.  The fabric sits on the pews, the long arm sits up in the altar area.  Classes are just to the side where the choir would sit.  The owner was approached because of the acoustics of the building.  It is  going to be turned into a recording studio.  The owner always wondered how she would sell the unique building when she was ready to retire.  She shot them a price and they accepted.  She left on her terms, and will now long arm out of her house.  It is sad to see it go.
We lost the shop where I took my first lessons over the summer.  The shops lease was up and the second grandchild was on the way.  She always wanted to retire when the second grandchild came, the announcement came within a week of the lease renewal forms.  She also moved the long arm into the home.


  1. I hate to shops close. We have a few shops around here, but quite a few have closed. It is nice to have the variety.
    Sounds like you still have shops left. That is good.

  2. Regrettably that's happening here too. They just can't compete with on line shopping and the downturn in retail. I'm sure not helping whilst on the fabric diet.

  3. It was a sad day in my town several years ago when the only place with fabric of any kind closed, leaving us with only Walmart. Their stock fluctuates so much that usually we quilters drive about 20 miles to the nearest quilt shop, or Hobby Lobby, and further to JoAnn's. A sad story indeed! ---"Love"