Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Almost....

I came across these pics on my computer the other day... Thought you might like to see... I don't think I've shared this with all of you before... If I have... Just ignore me.. My memory isn't what it use to be... :) 

This old grange stands in our little town sadly neglected and not cared for.  In August of 2011 it was for rent.   The Fire Dept. owns it and they hope to build a bigger fire house on this lot someday...  {these pictures were taken in August 2011}

Grange

At the time I was pretty busy with my Etsy Shop and wondered what it would be like to have my own brick and mortar quilt shop... {This wasn't the first time I'd thought about having my own shop.... but it was on my mind a lot this time}  And I suppose it didn't help that I had a friend who was trying to talk me into it too... {wink wink... friend}  

Grange

I was driving by one day and saw the rent signs and totally fell off my rocker and made an inquiry.  

Grange

The outside was exactly what I had always pictured in my mind that my shop would be... 

Grange

So let me give you a little tour of the grange that almost became Pleasant Home Mercantile and Quilt Shop... 

Grange

Yes I almost died when we walked in the door. Wood floors! Big, Open and the possibilities endless! 

Grange

There's the front door. To your left when you walk in, is a kitchen.  Oh my!  I called my sister right away and asked what she thought about opening  a little "cafe" of sorts. 

Where she could make and sell sandwiches and our famous sugar cookies... And old fashioned soda pops in glass bottles, and have donuts in a glass cake pedestal on the counter, and hot cocoa with marshmallows in the winter and strawberry lemonade in the summer... 

The name Eddie means a little something in their family.. So inside Pleasant Home Mercantile and Quilt Shop would be Eddie's Cafe... 

Grange

Obviously updated in the era where things should have been left alone. {just my opinion} But LOTS of potential and lots of space! 

Grange

Here's the beautiful floor again... 

Grange

Here's a shot from the other side of the room, looking towards the front door. Can you just picture all the fabric you could fit in here!  And a big old cutting table, and antiques and gifts and more fabric! 

See that area up front towards the left (across from the kitchen) It would have had a few old tables and mismatched chairs to sit and visit over a cup of cocoa or lemonade... 

A place for quilting friends to gather after shopping or sewing... 

Grange

Let's explore upstairs now.. A huge wide staircase... I pictured it painted white with something fun on the risers and new treads to match the wood floor... 

Grange

I can't remember exactly how many, but I think there were three bathrooms.  Here is one at the top of the stairs I think... I would totally keep that LADIES sign!

Grange

There are a few rooms upstairs. A couple big ones and a couple small ones. The small ones would be guest rooms... Where our guest teachers could come and stay... With comfy beds covered in quilts and pillows and all the comforts of home... 

Grange

More wood floors, gorgeous wood work, and bead board and wains coating . What my quilt shop dreams are made of.. LOL

Grange

Here is one of the big rooms with a small kitchen. This was going to be our Online / Shipping / Prep room with the Break Room / Kitchen... And I would have totally kept the linoleum floor if it was decent. 

Grange

A large cutting table, shipping supplies and other stuff... would have found a home here...  Oh and a long arm machine here too! 

Grange

And here is the other large room.  This would have been classroom space. Look at those lights!  I would have totally moved them downstairs...  I was told this was the dance floor. 

Grange
But it just wasn't meant to be... {Still every time I drive by I get a little sad... It would have been so fun!}  

Unfortunately it's filled with asbestos. And the removal would have cost the fire dept a ton of money.  And there were issues to consider... like - water, electric, handicap accessible, etc. etc. etc. 

And having worked in retail for a number of years... I decided that I'd much rather someone else own the shop and I just run it!  LOL 

But maybe someday I'll win the lottery and I can rescue this building and turn it into my little quilt shop! :) 

31 comments:

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Oh I can picture it all! It would be wonderful. As you said, maybe, one day.....

Debbie said...

I loved following you around through your pictures and reading about the possibilities and your vision of that lovely quilt shop. I could totally see it!

debbie @ happy little cottage said...

Sigh! :)

Colleen said...

What a great dream!Ive had a siliar one, except the pld house in town was burned by the fire dept to make a new medical center. But Im dreaming of new old buildings.

Karen said...

You paint a lovely picture! What a great quilt shop that would be! What a great idea to house visiting teachers!

Lets expand that and make it a retreat center for weekend quilt workshops!

That would be so much fun, and a lot of work.

Thanks for sharing your dream!

Carla said...

BUMMER ! I would have come to shop!

Michelle said...

Oh I could just see every bit of what you were describing. I was hoping when I got to the bottom of the post you would have said sooooo.....I BOUGHT IT!!!! :( just a little disappointed now.

Anne said...

Bummer! I would have come to visit you every time we went thru town! :(

Byrd said...

Oh man - what a fun post! I think the best part was the guest rooms - how cool would that be? Or maybe Eddie's ? The whole idea is great! Take care, Byrd

Sheri said...

And I could have worked there, too? Keep the dream alive!

Jeri said...

Oh, Jodi, wouldn't that have been wonderful if everything had fallen into place. I loved the tour, and could totally imagine what you were describing to us. If I had a business, I would absolutely hire you to get my place into shape! You are so talented and should be a professional designer!!

Nedra said...

Wow. I can see why you fell in love. Makes me wish I lived nearby to help you run the place:) Soooo much potential, and you would make such an awesome store owner. It would be cuter than cute to have your special touch.

lindsey said...

That is a great building...shame about the asbestos

Donna Laster said...

I just love it. I could see it as you described it. Sorry it didn't work out for you to have your dream. It would have been perfect for what you wanted. It was a great idea. Maybe something else will come up for you. Really enjoyed the tour of the place.
Blackberry Winter Crafts
Donna L.

Jessie Fincham @ Messy Jesse said...

oh Jodi! That all sounded like a perfect dream!! I'm sure all of us quilters dream about having a bricks and morter shop JUST as you described it. I would have to travel from England to see that place if it were real! *sigh* fingers crossed on winning the Lottery! :)

ga447 said...

Having your own business is lots of work and you don't have a life. It is costly and you need to make a profit. There were weeks when you don't get paid. I was in the food business for 15 years. We did well and I was lucky and sold the business.

Lori Holt said...

"wink wink"

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

I used to live just down the street from there. Wow how things have changed.

Amy said...

Dreamy. I loved the tour & could see it all come together. You would have made it super cute.

Amy

Nicky said...

oh bother I was looking for the happy ending! Maybe it is yet to come!?

Kathleen OGrady said...

Well it sounded awesome! I could almost see it myself. Keep dreaming cause dreams do come true!

Nita said...

Oh, too bad. Because you could totally rent out the upstairs to a dance studio. And have artists hang their work in the cafe. lovely dream. The old fire hall here in Whitehorse (right on main street) has been turned into a little theatre. It's really great :)

Karen said...

Oh my goodness I could totally see what you were saying and it would have been perfect :). You never know what lies ahead for you - keep looking.
Hugs - Karen

Michele said...

Oh I'd be right there with you every step of the way working to make it all happen. That is the place of my dreams too. I've got a ton of retail experience myself, have owned a flower shop in my past and I'm an accountant so I have all the tools to be a business owner again. If I win the lottery maybe we'll just have to talk. LOL

Anna Lena Land said...

Oh, my! You paint such a lovely picture. I'm ready for a donut and hot chocolate. What a beautiful building. Damn that asbestos.

sandra said...

Oh so wonderful and the place looked perfect and your tour was wonderfully descriptive I could see everything in my mind's eye. Does every quilter have that dream.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Oh to dream...We all do it and it's fun, but when business decisions need to be made one has to be pragmatic about it. You never know something else might come along :o)

Linda R said...

Oh Wow!!! It would have been Beautiful!!! I can see everything you said and hoped for. Thanks for sharing the pics. so nice :-)

Corrie said...

ohhhhh. :(

Dana - Old Red Barn Co. said...

what a GREAT space for a quilt shop . . . even if it's not yours. :)

Terry and Danella said...

Boy! Wouldn't it have been great, Jodi? wish wish wish

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