It was with great irony Lily & I realized that on Small Business Saturday we were in the “mother ship” of the big-box “virus” that has single-handedly meant the demise of so many Small Businesses and Main Streets across America. And on the very day that all were being encouraged to support small businesses for at least one day, I found myself visiting the physical center of this global phenom! Hmmmmm. . . how did this happen? At least I wasn’t buying anything. Call it Research & Development! LOL
The day before I’d done what I always do: sought out the local quilt shop! And spent my money there!
Lily, Francis, Randy & I took a quick trip to NW Arkansas so that R & F could attend the Arkansas/LSU football game Friday afternoon.
Lily & I had a great time in Historic Downtown Rogers, where we met Mary & her mother Clarice who run a combination quilt shop/yarn shop in a charming historic building. The Rabbit’s Lair is a great shop if you are ever in the area. We really liked their new BOM which you can see on their web site. I bought some laminated Jo Morton fabric to re-cover a couple of folding chair seats. Mary quipped, “Don’t you have any fabric in YOUR shop?!”
They have an especially nice selection of wool & wool kits. (I bought one of those too.) Mary kept stitching the whole time we were visiting. Talk about valuable, friendly, “R & D”. We really had a great time sharing ideas & comparing notes. She was using a product that I’ve never used, didn’t recognize, and after questioning, I realized that I do sell it! LOL Next project!
On Saturday morning we decided to venture into Historic Downtown Bentonville. We visited the Walmart Museum, drove past the Home Office buildings, which are very, very ordinary (homely)! Then we went to Crystal Bridges, Museum of American Art. It is a wonderful treat! It is worth a trip to Bentonville.
The Museum, founded in 2005 by Alice Walton, takes its name from nearby Crystal Spring and the bridge construction incorporated in the building design by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie. A series of pavilions nestled around two creek-fed ponds house galleries, a large, glass-enclosed gathering hall, restaurant and more. After we viewed the galleries, we walked the Art Trail outside, and then hiked the Tulip Trail back to the parking lot. Beautiful setting! Great collection of art. What a great day!
Meanwhile, I have to thank my fantastic staff who manned both stores so I could do this family get-away & all our great customers who always support SMALL BUSINESSES, and Small Business Saturday too! I know you appreciate that we offer top quality products, great variety, fair prices and the voice of experience every day.
And you seemed to enjoy scooping up more than a few fat quarters at bargain prices. Thanks again for your continued support.