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When: April 11 & 12
Lone Star Quilt Shop, 7700 CR. 77, Mt. Hope, OH 44660
Helping Hands Quilt Shop, 4818 SR 39, Berlin, OH
Country Craft Cupboard, 4813 E. Main St., Berlin, OH
Gramma Fannie's Quilt Barn, 4363 SR 39, Berlin, OH
Miller's Dry Goods, 4500 SR 557, Charm, OH
The Quilt 'n Cuisine Mini Shop Hop will take place over two days, but can easily be accomplished in one. Get your quilting buddies together for a day of shopping and fun at five local quilt shops in Holmes County.
Karen Lamp of Country Craft Cupboard, and a fellow business owner thought up the idea for a shop hop about 6 years ago after attending a quilting seminar in Minneapolis. The particular seminar highlighted different ways business owners could plan community events to get customers excited to come shopping in their stores.
"We all work together," said Lamp referring to her business and the other quilt businesses in the area. There are five quilt shops that will be participating in the up and coming event - Lone Star Quilt Shop, Helping Hands Quilt Shop, Country Craft Cupboard, Gramma Fannie's Quilt Barn and Miller's Dry Goods.
Quilters and crafters alike will enjoy the day getting special discounts on their favorite items while receiving clues on this year's wall hanging reveal and recipes for local favorites. Both the completed wall hangings and meal are kept secret until the big reveal at the end of the day.
Each person wishing to participate in the event must purchase a passport that they will travel from store to store with them. Passports can be pre-ordered for $7 or purchased the day of the event for $10. Participants will take their passports to each store where they can get them stamped.
Along with a stamp, participants receive a clue as to what the final wall hanging will look like. Each store within the shop hop has created their own wall hangings, each using the same quilt pattern but using different fabric pieces to create their piece of the puzzle.
Participants will also receive a recipe at each stop that when combined make a complete meal of local favorites. Last year, Lamp explained, they featured Amish wedding food and before that they featured breakfast items. This year's meal is kept top secret until the big reveal, but Lamp promises it will be good.
Shop-hop participants have from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. to complete their passport. At 3 p.m., everyone will gather at the Berlin Christian Fellowship (5382 CR 201, Millersburg; just one mile west of Berlin) for the big reveal. Samples of each recipe will be available and all five wall hangings will be revealed.
Prizes will be drawn featuring gifts from each shop as well as gift certificates from local restaurants and other shops in the area. A grand prize drawing will take place Saturday afternoon, with all the names gathered from participants of both days, where one lucky winner will receive a stay at Mrs. Miller's Cabin with up to 10 guests.
"The people just enjoy it," said Lamp. "They ask us, you mean you guys all work together and help each other out?" Lamp is proud to be a part of a community where the local businesses support each other and help to make local events a town-wide success for everyone.
"For the price of a passport you get a fun day of shopping with your friends, a whole quilting pattern and a plate of food," said Lamp.
For more information on how you can get your passport call 330-893-9899 or visit www.millersdrygoods.com for more information on the event.