Island Quilter to move, expand its offerings

Island Quilter will move across the street at the end of the year to the former home of Robinson Furniture, more than doubling its size and adding classroom and exhibit space.

Island Quilter will move across the street at the end of the year to the former home of Robinson Furniture, more than doubling its size and adding classroom and exhibit space.

Store owner Anja Shive and her partner Paul Robinson, who frequently works in the store, have been wanting more space for a long time, Shive noted, and when Chuck Robinson, who is Paul’s brother, decided to downsize, the wheels for this move were set in motion.

“We started dreaming,” Shive said.

Once settled at their new location in the beginning of January, Shive said, she and Robinson plan to hold classes and sewing parties for kids and adults and host a variety of events with on- and off-Island guests, including a fabric designer, quilters and an author of quilting books. They plan to participate in the monthly First Friday Gallery Cruise and the studio tours. They will also create a consignment space, where quilters and other fiber artists can sell what they have sewn, including quilts, bags, aprons, table runners, knitted items and more.

“We will have high-quality products,” Robinson noted. “Everything we sell will be subject to our approval.”

The new store will also have several sewing machines for classes or for people who think they might be interested in quilting but who want to try it out before making the investment in a machine themselves. People might also want to simply stop by and sew, Shive said, since sewing with friends is more fun than sewing alone. They may also make the space available to a variety of crafters, ranging from beading fans to scrapbooking groups.

The actual move will take place between Christmas and New Year’s, Shive noted, and she hopes not to be closed at all, though customers might need to be flexible for a short time and head across the street for what they are looking for.

Island Quilter was recently featured in the fall issue of Quilt Sampler magazine, an honor that typically increases quilt stores’ business considerably. Being included was welcome news to Shive and Robinson when it came, as the couple had been considering locating the colorful store off-Island to become more profitable. Business has picked up some, though bus loads of people have not arrived, as some at the magazine had suggested. Still, Shive and Robinson are hopeful that the move and all that it will bring coupled with more business online will help the store thrive on the Island.

“Once it is all said and done, I think it will be great,” Shive said.


More in Business

Relish offers hearty helping of new classes

“It’s very empowering to cook for your family, your friends or yourself.”

Islander steps down from longtime pet care business

Joanna Gardiner of Loving Care for Animals is leaving her business this summer after 23 years.

COMMENTARY: VCA rep: Board acted responsibly in building new center

No doubt, Liz Shepherd worked hard on her VCA article — a… Continue reading

Vashon family winery opens, begins sales

Eight years ago, Rebecca Lanphear and her husband Damon planted 1 acre of grapevines on their property on SW 159th Street with the hope of creating local wine. Now, on the heels of two warm summer seasons and local record grape harvests, Alli Lanphear Vineyard and Winery is ready to officially open its doors Saturday.

Islanders urged to shop in town, support Vashon businesses

At Vashon Bookshop last week, islander Robin Branstator paused while purchasing two books to talk about why she makes an effort to shop locally.

Under new ownership, liquor store moves down the street

Vashon’s liquor store has a new owner and has moved to the southern edge of town.

New business with many spokes opens in old bike shop

A new business called Spoke recently rolled into the old bike shop by the post office. The three owners have been renovating the building’s interior to fit their multi-use vision for the large space and plan to welcome the public with an opening reception from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday.

Couple hinges new shop on gallery, gifts and framing

The brown paper that for weeks covered the windows of the former Raven’s Nest came down last Thursday, revealing the new Hinge Gallery, which includes a frame and gift shop and a small art gallery.

Travel and Leisure names Thai restaurant one of country’s best

Travel and Leisure magazine recently named May Kitchen + Bar to its list of the best Thai restaurants in the United States.

Longtime consignment shop closes, another expands into its space

Wendy’s Weather’d Wear has closed its doors after 15 years selling clothing on consignment in Vashon town, and Luna Bella’s will expand into its former space.

Vashon Intuitive Arts expands into former tech shop

Vashon Intuitive Arts (VIA) has recently expanded into the space vacated by Vashon Tech Support.

A homegrown tamale business takes off

Islander Patty Freebourn’s dream of sharing Hispanic culture and traditional food with Vashon reached a major milestone this week, as both IGA and Thriftway began selling Patty’s Tamales.