Saturday, October 6, 2012

Out of the House and on to Main Street!

Who said dreams don't come true?  For the longest time I have wanted to open a Quilt Store. Well it's finally happening.  Sometimes I just have to pinch myself!!

Last month after several months of site searches, planning and crossed fingers, things came together and we were able to sign a lease for a property on Main Street in Summerland!

Street view of the old Summerland dollar Store
Renovations started almost immediately with removal of old slat wall   Electrical and HVAC work is now done, painters are done, and flooring is scheduled for installation next week.

Interior looking to back of store

Interior view towards the street

10105-1 Main Street
There is still so much to do!  Over the last three weeks I have been meeting suppliers, ordered lots and lots of great fabric and am now lining up notions, books etc. Sam has helped coordinate the trades to prepare the space for business. I have ordered furniture and fixtures, been to Edmonton with Sam for training on the HandiQuilter  - YES!! - we are going to be carrying quilting machines. And, looking ahead, between setting up my booth at the local Penticton Quilters Guild Show (Oct 19th & 20th) and a trip to Houston for Market at the end of October to see the latest and greatest in quilts, fabrics, notions and everything else, we will be setting up the fixtures, receiving product and preparing for Grand Opening early November.

Cherry Tree Quilts (the store) will focus on Quilting, Fibre Art and Longarm sales and services.  We will be selling Quilting fabric and notions, Fil-Tec Thread and Bobbins, Fabric Art supplies and HandiQuilter Quilting Machines, with classes available on all themes.  I will still have my home studio for designing new projects and my own quilting.

Stay tuned for more information on store progress and news of our Grand Opening!  I can hardly wait to share all this with you.


  1. Congratulations on the store front. Looking forward to visiting on my next trip to Summerland. Woohoo!

  2. Congratulations on achieving your dream and best wishes on the success of your new store!!

  3. Congratulations! Next time I come back to the Okanagan valley, I will definitely come for a visit!

  4. Congratulations, Barb!!! I am so excited and happy for you! What a beautiful location!! I wish I was there to help you.

  5. Wow! What wonderful news, I'm so happy for you! I am excited to see a new shop in Summerland and one that's interesting, beautiful with loads of good energy coming out of it!
    I look forward to buying your products for use in non quilting projects (I don't quilt).