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3500 N. Gretna Road
Branson, MO 65616
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About Us




Quilts & Quilts The Fabric Shoppe is a family owned and operated Quilt shop in Branson, MO.

About our family: 


I am third generation owner in this shop. My grandmother, Marlys Michaelson, started it back in 1982. It was a tiny shop on HWY 76 in tiny Branson, MO. She had made clothes and quilts for years. She had never been in business before, nor had she ever worked in a quilt shop. But she didn’t let that stop her from getting a loan and jumping in! Branson was a tourist town then, but on a much smaller scale than now.

My mom, Cindy DeMeyer, started working at the store in 1993, after selling her successful gift shop in Branson. She brought her talent for displays, her eye for color and her more than 20 years of business experience.

I grew up in the shop and have always loved to sew and create. I officially was paid to be there starting in 1999 during high school. I also worked at the shop the entire time I was in college getting a business degree, driving an hour back and forth from school. I was always helping customers come up with ways to use fabrics, so I started a line of quilt patterns in 2004.

Grandma retired more than 15 years ago, but she still sews almost every day. She also makes a lot of the embroidery projects we have at the shop. Mom and I bought it from Grandma in 2011 and work together running the shop and love pretty much everything about it (except cleaning the bathrooms, I don’t like that….).

I have 3 kids, all who have helped out at the shop on more than one occasion.  Hopefully we will have the fourth generation in more as they get older!

About our staff:

We have seven fantastic crew members. (We need an updated picture!)  They all sew and make samples for the shop. When you add up the number of years they have been sewing, it comes to nearly 200 years of sewing experience! So at any given time, we probably have 100 years of quilting experience working at the shop. They all have different strengths and are not afraid (or offended) to ask for help or to jump in with a suggestion. We would not be the business we are today without the dedication of our small crew.

About our location:

We are located in a beautiful stone building on Gretna Road in Branson, MO.  Any where in Branson is easy to get to because we are on a traffic relief route-complete with 4 driving lanes and a center turning lane. You do not have to deal with the dreaded bumper to bumper traffic of the famous 76 strip! Branson has it all- wonderful shopping, fantastic shows, and great restaurants.



We opened in this location February 25th, 2015. How we came to be here is quite the story.



We were located on Hwy 76 for 26 wonderful years. Then, at 1:30 am on February 29th, 2012, our building was destroyed by a tornado. When I got my first look at the outside of the building my heart sank. I took a deep breath and crawled through the debris to see what was left. As soon as I got through the door, I knew we would be fine and I said a sincere “thank you” to God. We had lost a large portion of our roof, all along the wall where we hung our best quilts. Including an appliqued barn quilt valued at $8000. Every single one of those quilts was still in our shop. Once I saw they were still in the building, I was ready to get to work.  I knew we would be fine and the shop would be fin.  They were under roofing materials, cinder blocks, mud, tree limbs, and a lot of other random items. We dug them out, cleaned them up, and a lot of them still hang in our shop to this day.
Below are a few pictures of our shop on the day the tornado hit.



Several things happened after the tornado that really were saving graces to us and allowed us to move and re-open the shop in such a short period of time.

First, was finding a new location.  I started leaving messages for realtors around 7am the day the storm it and we found a new location later that afternoon. The new location was on Shepherd of the Hills Expressway and we would be neighbors to Whitney's Craft Mall. Again, I had to thank the good Lord for watching out for us. The place we rented was not even on the market. The first realtor to return my phone call knew the owner and had heard him mention we would like to rent half his building, but only if it was something that would complement the craft mall. I cannot express how thankful we were to find 8,000 square feet of space.

The second thing is that it stopped raining right after the tornado went through.   That meant we were able to get everything that wasn’t ruined out and into storage. We had 2 days before it was supposed to rain again.

Which brings me to the third thing that was our saving grace.  Our family and friends.  We had an outpouring of help showup and we were able to salvage a lot of goods and furniture from the shop.  We would not have been able to get it all done before it rained again without their help.  It was a very heartwarming and humbling experience.

The new location was being used when we rented it and they needed a couple of weeks to get it emptied.  On March 15th, we got the keys and were able to start setting up the new shop. We worked long days and nights tearing down walls, painting, and building new walls. We re-opened on Shepherd of the Hills Expressway on April 5th, just 6 weeks after the tornado.

Moving a 7,000-square-foot shop is a huge undertaking; digging it all out from a storm makes it that much harder. We were happy at Shepherd of the Hills. We had no intention of EVER moving the shop again, until a ‘for sale’ sign went up on one of the prettiest buildings in Branson. Again, I had to thank God for watching out for us. Our lease was up soon, real estate prices were down, and the owner wanted out; we had to jump at the opportunity.

This move we accomplished with only being closed for 2 days!  We couldn't have done it without our amazing staff and our wonderful friends and family!  (Many of whom did tell me that they are busy if we move again, ha!)  

We had our Grand Opening weekend on Feb 25th 2015, just a few days shy of the 3rd anniversary of the tornado.

We were incredibly thankful for our location on Shepherd of the Hills after the tornado, but it never really felt like home. From the first moment I stepped into our current building- I knew it was our home.

We have endured many hardships over the last 40 years, not just with the tornado, but the additional loss and sadness so many families experience due to cancer and illness.  We lost my dad in 2013, just a year after the tornado and we lost my sweet nephew in 2015.  Through it all, my mom and I always had the shop.  We had this wonderful, magical place we could go and make things beautiful and see all the familiar, kind faces we had met and became friends with over the years.  The shop absolutely helped our hearts feel happy through the hard times and I can not imagine what our life would look like without it.  We truly love what we do and are very thankful to all of you for supporting us. 
Quilts & Quilts The Fabric Shoppe PH: 417-334-3243 | Address: 3500 N. Gretna Rd., Branson, MO 65616
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