Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Bon Bon Atelier - Guest Post

Hello St. Louis Modern Quilt Guild!

First of all, thanks so much for inviting us to your meeting next week, we are so excited to visit St. Lou, one of our favorite cities!

In 2005 my sister and I got the bug to open our own store. We had grown up being involved with a retail store and tea room that my mom had opened, so it was kind of ingrained in us. In 2006 we opened bon bon atelier. With my degree and interest in fashion and my sister being a jewelry designer we originally opened the store to showcase locally made accessories, clothing and gift items.

On the side my sister Emily knitted and I sewed. A lot. And we were having a heck of a time finding the fabric and yarn that we wanted in our area. So bon bon dropped it's clothing and accessories and brought in fabric and yarn.

I had worked at Liberty in London some years before and fell in Love with their fabric. They were one of the first lines we brought in. We also added Kokka, Westminster, Free Spirit, Cloud 9 and so on.

In the yarn department Emily has been piling us up with Cascade, Lorna's Laces and Sweet Georgia. And of course we stocked up on patterns and books and notions. We also teach sewing and knitting classes for beginner to advanced levels.

We think it's important to support our local artists and economy so we still carry handmade gift items such as jewelry, bath fizzies and even dishware! We also host a craft fair every summer, the Ric Rac Roundup. It has all Kansas City designers and is a much anticipated event every summer.

We are so happy to find ourselves a fabric and yarn store,  nothing makes us more excited than getting new patterns, prints and colors. We also love the community of crafters that has sprung up around the shop. Knowing that there other people in this world with a project list as long as ours, a stash of fabric as large (or larger) than ours and more tubs of yarn that we have makes us feel a little saner!

We look forward to seeing you next week, and if you are on our website and see a fabric you want us to bring, we are happy to take requests!

Betsy & Emily

Betsy & Emily from Bon Bon Atelier will be hosting a Pop Up Shop
during our meeting Saturday, July 14th.
Please be sure to bring $$ with you if you wish to purchase something.

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