Happy Anniversary to us! It’s been one year since we opened our doors and what a year it’s been. The quilt shop has been something we have been dreaming of for years and we feel blessed we are celebrating our first anniversary. As I think back on the last year and the ups and downs we experienced, the one constant is support from you, our customers. In July of 2019, we spent every day working on the shop getting ready to open and as the opening day neared many of you came to help stock shelves, price items and iron fat quarters. Our families were instrumental in getting the shop ready in time.
Our grand-opening was awesome. So many of you came to help us celebrate our opening! The flowers, plants and kind notes were inspiring. The first few months were going so well, more fabric was coming in monthly, classes and retreats were being filled, quilters anonymous night was a hit and we even experienced our first vending at a quilt show. And then, WHAM – the apartment above the shop had a water leak. I will never forget the phone call from Vanetta (unfortunately, I was on a business trip in Atlanta) when she walked into the store to discover the damage. And, to make matters worse, there was a class coming in that evening. Several of you came in that week and helped Vanetta get the merchandise packed. And during the month of December while the shop was being renovated many of you purchased gift certificates and “flood fabric” to keep us going. Special thanks to the Irondequoit and Webster quilt clubs for inviting us to their December meeting to sell “flood fabric”. We were able to sell enough fabric and gift certificates to pay our deductible.
January, we reopened and had a fantastic grand re-opening! It was wonderful seeing everyone back in the shop and collecting Fabulous February envelopes. It seemed that 2020 was going to be a great year. And then, WHAM – Covid hit. Who would have thought something like this would happen? But when the world gives you lemons, you need to make lemonade. So even though we were closed we partnered with Sew Creative and made masks for all the organizations in need. What amazing women (and a few men) you are. Quilters are amazing!!! 15,000 masks were made and donated. We are so proud to be have played a part.
Thankfully we were able to re-open in late June and thankfully all of you are very understanding with the COVID guidelines. And now its August and we have been opened ONE YEAR (actually 9 months if you take away the time we were closed for renovations and COVID, but who wants to think of the negative)😉 Things can only get better, if we can make it through a flood and pandemic we can make it through anything.
Both Vanetta and I know that the primary reason we have made it is due to our customers. So THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU- we truly appreciate your support and are looking forward to another great year!
We are so proud of The Village Quilt Shoppe and look forward to sharing the dream with you.
Vanetta & Monique
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