By Patricia Belyea
SEATTLE WA Once again I have to thank my family for helping me. Yesterday my youngest daughter Victoria schlepped bins, styled Japanese props, prepped food platters and generally made everything happen to create a wonderful pop-up shop at The Quilting Loft. Then she disappeared once the grand opening event began—slipping away for a Friday night with her friends.
A few months ago I proposed the idea of a summertime pop-up shop to store owner Angie Andreson. Since I was going away for all of July and most of August, I thought it would be great if my yukata cottons could be made available to Seattle quilters and visitors.
Also my home-based shop is by appointment only. The Quilting Loft has regular business hours as well as a parking lot!
Not only was Angie a supporter of the idea, she was a unflappable hostess yesterday. Victoria and I turned the whole front area of her shop upside-down for most of the day with all our gear. We moved furniture and hauled out a ladder to hang lanterns from the rafters. As the mother of two young ones, not one thing we did could ruffle Angie”s feathers.
The event was slated to begin at 6pm but our guests started arriving at 5pm. Why not? This way they could check everything out before the crowd arrived. I spoke at 7pm about yukata cottons and then gave away the door prizes.
It was an amazing evening as 50 enthusiastic Northwest quilters shopped and nibbled until we closed the doors at 8pm.
Okan Arts Pop-Up Shop
July & August 2014
Last day is Wednesday, September 3 (closed on Labor Day Monday)
Mon, Wed, Fri 11am – 6pm
Tue, Thu 11am – 8pm
Sat 10am – 5pm
Sun noon – 5pm