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    O.k. we all have our favorite fabrics, tools, patterns, etc that we search for.
    If you could have everything you needed/wanted at one location, in one quilt shop what would it include?
    Time to dream shop.
    (If you know such a shop feel free to list them.)

    I'll go first.

    1) Friendly customer service where the employees get to know you and are friendly and helpful to everyone even the first time customer.

    What else........

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    1. friendly owner and employees

    (I'm glad you started this thread as I went to a quilt shop last week was about 1 1/2 hours from home on way home from hubby Dr. appt., I was in the store for about 20 minutes, was going to buy a book, but no one in the store ever acknowledge that they had a customer, so I walked out and didn't buy anything)

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    Next door?

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    Quote Originally Posted by craftybear
    1. friendly owner and employees

    (I'm glad you started this thread as I went to a quilt shop last week was about 1 1/2 hours from home on way home from hubby Dr. appt., I was in the store for about 20 minutes, was going to buy a book, but no one in the store ever acknowledge that they had a customer, so I walked out and didn't buy anything)
    Been there, done that - walked! It's a shame people don't care.

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    I'm with you guys on the customer service. I love my LQS. I am an extremely shy person but when I visit the salesperson watches me but does not hover. She doesn't make me feel that she thinks I'm going to steal something but she watches to see what I'm looking at then she comes and makes very good suggestions then she fades back into the background. I feel very comfortable when I'm there! The shop is called Seminole Sampler and if you're ever in Maryland, look them up!

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    Have everything I need in one stop, and plenty of sales! And yes, knowledgeble and friendly sales associates!
    Kind Regards,
    MaryAnna

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    Marshall Dry Goods :lol:

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    I do not want a sales clerk who hovers/stands there watching me as I look at the fabrics. If/when I want suggestions, I will ask.

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    Sorry that happened Craftybear
    You would think in these hard times, owners would love to have customers in and NOT let them leave without trying to sell them something. At least be nice so you would come back another time.
    customer service and everything else falls into place. You want to leave a store with a smile on your face and a memoriable experience.

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    When I went to Nebraska to see my daughter, we went to the LQS in Scottsbluff, NE. I loved that store. Where to start... The women who worked there, and there were several,
    were all sooo friendly. We went there several times and every time there was someone new working it seemed, but they were all so friendly and helpful.

    I was looking for a certain book that my Mom had and they offered to order it. I went in another day to find out how to glue a piece of fabric to a quilt. (I'd only been quilting about 2 months and had never done it.) They told me to use a heat and bond stuff and sold me just enough to do the little piece I needed it for. My daughter and I went in another day and saw a rag quilt. They told us how to make one, what size seams, etc.

    There were also lots of tables in the back half of the store. They knew I was going to be babysitting my grandsons, and told me to bring my sewing machine up and sew and visit with them while the boys were in school. Then, I started to teach my daughter to make a quilt. They told April to come in there and they would give her lessons any evening. She said she couldn't evenings and they told her to just bring her sewing machine in, any day, and there's always someone there who could help her with whatever she wanted to learn.

    I'm serious! I wanted to get that store moved to Parsons where I live! They were sooo awesome. Friendly, helpful, interesting to talk to, informative. That is the kind of store that I would love to see here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marsye
    Marshall Dry Goods :lol:
    Does Marshall Dry Goods sell other quilting needs besides the fabric? All I can find on their online site is the fabric?

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    I'll continue what I'd like to see

    Patterns.
    Classes.
    Demos.
    Fabrics for all seasons, all holidays, all year round.

    ......

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    The perfect quilt shop would be five minutes away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrs. fitz
    The perfect quilt shop would be five minutes away.
    Ditto. Unfortunately we are at least 40 minutes from a quilt shop, but fortunately, the shops that I go to have great employees and usually have everything I am looking for.

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    Within a 20-30 min drive there are 5 high quality quilt shops, I can find anything I'm looking for. The only problem is that each one specializes in something different. One carries all different battings-no backings. One with backings,only keeps about 2pkg of batting. So I generally end up traveling to 3-4shops in a day to gather what I'm needing,and buying something at each place. Result is more fabrics than I can possibly use. More $$$spent than I had planned to. If one shop had everything, would I spend as much?

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    My wish list:
    Friendly, knowledgeable staff, lots of fabric (like Marshall's), lots of patterns and books, samples hanging around the store, every notion I could ever want/need, and any fabric I want cut into a fat quarter when that is all I need. :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by JanetM
    My wish list:
    Friendly, knowledgeable staff, lots of fabric (like Marshall's), lots of patterns and books, samples hanging around the store, every notion I could ever want/need, and any fabric I want cut into a fat quarter when that is all I need. :D
    Exactly how I feel!!!! Only I'll add -- CLOSER!!!! I'll also add that the staff can be knowledgable and helpful but not TOO helpful. I have a LQS where one of the employees keeps trying to force fabric on me. Just because she likes that color combo, doesn't mean I do!!! :x I get really tired of saying "no, not that"...

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    The perfect quilt shop would allow me to shop for free. :lol:

    They would carry the complete fabric lines of fabrics that I like and notions of all sorts. They would offer more classes.

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    The prices would be moderate - I know a business needs to make a profit in order to survive, but I don't want it to make it all on me.

    Example: If the range of prices charged in various shops for a yard of a given fabric was $7.00 to $11.00 - if they charged up to $9.00 I would probably go back. More than that - they could keep their fabric.

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    I found my perfect store, unfortunately it's in Fl & I'm in Ga. The Quilt Place has 8,000 square feet of EVERYTHING and the people were friendly! Around here the stores are either on the other side of Atlanta, small or unfriendly. How can a quilt store for quilters be unfriendly???? I just don't get it.

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    My favorite LQS has a punch card to earn free fabric eventually. The discontinued and clearance fabrics are deeply discounted and there are always fun things to look at while waiting to check out.

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    They call me by name ( shows I'm important to them ) and don't push their ideas on my but are there when I need to ask a question. I have that here. :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katia
    Next door?
    you're my neighbor???

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    BEST QUILT SHOP ANYWHERE!

    Pamela's Place, Genesee Depot, WI
    Pamela Gray Owner-Operator

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    Thats easy one in my town.

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