MORRISONVILLE - When Amy Sorrell and her mother, Janice Snider, couldn't find the fabric they wanted in the area, the shopped elsewhere. When they got tired of that, they started their own store.
This Halloween will mark the one-year anniversary of Sorrell and Snider opening their business, Cobblestone Quilts and Fabrics.
"When Jo-Ann Fabrics closed, it was hard to find fabric in town," recalled Sorrell. "There wasn't much selection in town so we'd drive across the lake to Vermont or to Malone."
"It was an hour drive to a fabric store," said Snider. "That's a long drive."
The mother-daughter duo began their business venture and hasn't looked back. The secret to the shop's success has been carrying several lines of fabric, including Northcott, Red Rooster, RJR, Thimbleberries and Maywood and an array of patterns. Offering homemade purses, tote bags and quilts and consignment items, as well as hosing regular quilting classes hasn't hurt either.
"It's constant here," Sorrell said of the shop's flow of customers.
Sorrell also credits that to keeping prices affordable.
"I try to keep costs [for fabric] under $10 a yard, but there are a few specialty fabrics that cost a little more," said Sorrell. "We even have some that are $3.99. Fabric doesn't have to be expensive."
The shop's location in the heart of Morrisonville in an old Victorian house is one Sorrell and Snider both think couldn't get much better.
"I like the idea of having a quilt shop in a Victorian house because it's an old-fashioned hobby in an old-fashioned building. It just goes together."
Having the small shop also reminds Snider of a piece of Americana lost in many towns today.
"When I was a kid, I can remember going to a different little store for everything," she said. "I like the idea of a street with little shops. I wish there was more downtown."
And, just as Halloween and their anniversary draws closer, Sorrell and Snider have adopted a stray cat. However, it's not just any stray cat - it's a black cat.
"He was dodging cars and one day we had a bad freezing rain so I brought him inside," said Sorrell. "He started sleeping in our scrap basket in the back. So, we named him Scraps."
However, Scraps is no freeloader. He's the shop's unofficial greeter.
"When the bells on the door ring, he comes running right up front and greets people," said Sorrell. "He's our new addition for Halloween."
"I find it very unique a black cat adopted us. There must be a message there somewhere," Snider added, laughing.
Cobblestone Quilts and Fabrics, located at 1923 State Route 22B, is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays. The shop is closed Mondays.
The shop may be reached during regular business hours at 566-7588.