By a stitch of good luck, Quilter’s Outpost has decided to stay open after eight years of business.
In December, the store announced it would be closing its door for good with the sagging economy and the owner’s health issues.
But at Tuesday’s Business Buzz luncheon, owner Barbara Wolf, 65, announced the shop would stay open and continue to offer quality fabrics and customer service.
“I felt like I was letting people down,” Wolf said after she announced she would close the shop.
Wolf, who lives in the Valley and is a grandmother of seven, said she has tried to sell the shop for years to someone who would take it over and make it into a thriving business.
“I treated it as a hobby and not as a business,” she said. “But after much soul searching, we decided to stay open and it is now going to be a business.”
To make the Outpost more manageable for Wolf, the shop size has been downsized a third and no longer carries sewing machines or yarn.
The shop will focus on offering a complete collection of books, patterns, notions, fabrics and sewing classes.
“My objective is to build it up and find someone who wants to buy it that can spend more time with it,” she said.
Wolf, who has quilted for the last 24 years, started the Quilter’s Outpost five years ago. She says her favorite thing about owning a quilt shop is interaction with customers.
“Helping them achieve something they did not think they could do,” she said. “We probably spend more time with a customer picking out fabric than a doctor spends with a patient.”
Besides helping customers find that perfect pattern, the store has donated quilts and fabric to local charities, including hospice and the DPS Quilt Angels.
Quilter’s Outpost, at 904 N. Beeline Highway, Suite E, is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed Wednesdays and open Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Phone: (928) 468-6360.