About our family:
Quilts & Quilts The Fabric Shoppe is a family owned and operated Quilt shop in Branson, MO.
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 about 10 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 work together running the shop and love pretty much everything about it (except cleaning the bathrooms, I don’t like that….). About our staff:
We have 11 wonderful women and one man who work for us. They all sew and several 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. We have a Coleman Store, a craft mall, an Amish store, and 2 restaurants within walking distance. And the rest of 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. Then 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. 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 they still hang in our shop to this day.
Below are a few pictures of our shop on the day the tornado hit.