Needle Orts is 10 years old!
Join us on Saturday, September 14th for balloons, cupcakes, give-aways and 20% off everythingin the shop!
Without all of you through the years we never
would have made it to our 10th birthday, so please come and celebrate with us!
(If you can't come in person then call or email. We'll be happy to pull goodies for you.)
10 years and three different locations
more fibers than we ever had room for, enough serger thread to cover the state and most importantly great friends and lots of fun...
It has truly been an experience; I can't wait to see what the future brings! ( It will however be bringing it to the current location - as I'm never moving again!)
Now, if you'd care to take a little walk down memory lane with me, read on...
It all started in the summer of 2003...there were 7 of us (thank goodness for family and Pam) and 1200 square feet of dance studio that needed to be turned into a shop. What followed was two months of painting (the walls were pepto-bismol pink), sewing, furniture shopping and fixture construction. (Ask Pam about our Lucy and Ethel moments as we tiled the the bathroom - she likes to tell that one.)
Here's Bob's long suffering Honda bringing in the original Fiber Rolling Carts...
ahhh the front of the first shop - how did we ever move around in there, much less have classes?!?
Saturday, Sept 15th arrived a little too soon, and we prayed that we would actually have customers! Thank you Jann Bauder for being the first official Needle Orts customer!
That first few months flew by so fast that I never got around to putting up any Christmas decorations at home. Christmas Eve arrived and we were expecting 12 people for dinner, but we didn't have a tree. So I did the only thing I could thing of - I swiped the one from the shop and took it home!
In August of 2004 we had Pam's Baby shower - the baby in question just turned 9 last week!
I'll never forget the first time we did a show outside the shop...It was the Quilt and Tea Festival in 2006 with a lovely outside location. Just one problem - we didn't finish setting up until 10:00pm. We had to use the headlights from the the car so we could see to hang the final fibers. Then when we got to the hotel the battery in the car died, and since all the locks were electric I couldn't get out of the car! I ended up crawling out through the trunk...oh yeah, it was my birthday too!
In October of 2009 we moved to the 2nd shop around the corner from the first, and I got the bright idea to do it on Halloween. I taught a class in the new shop in the morning and then we had a costume parade as everyone rolled the inventory from one shop to the next.
Gosh, I had more energy then!
This class canvas brings back great memories of that day...
In the new shop that wall of mirrors really had to go so...
It became the Wall of Fibers!
There were just one or two minor problems with the 2nd shop - lack of air conditioning, lack of heat and oh yeah, there were racoons living in the roof!
So over Memorial Day Weekend in 2010 we moved to our new home...
We still have a wall of fibers, and we gained the back porch, lots of birds and alligators for Pam to watch and a dedicated classroom.
Thank you again to all of you that I see weekly and to our stitching groups. Over the years the composition of those stitching groups has changed from year to year, but the people who made them up remain very much in our thoughts. So for those of you we haven't seen in a while - we miss you! Come see us on Saturday if you get a chance, we can catch up and laugh about all the screwed up lunch orders!
See you Saturday!