Well, it has been a while since I have posted. Many things have happened here at my business and personally, preventing me from having time to post. However, things are getting better.
The planning for the South Central Shop Hop continues! We are in the final stages. Each shop is working on their quilts with the blocks we have selected. We have our next meeting on July 16 in Wichita. We will be getting our Tshirts then. I can’t wait to see them.
As the new kid in the bunch, I have found this event to be interesting to say the least. I did not realize what all was involved in putting this together. Wow! there is a lot of things that have to happen in the background to make this thing happen. I have really learned a lot and know that I have a lot more to learn as the event progresses.
One thing I have found interesting is the letters from the shop hop fans. They are signed “shop hop fan” so we have no idea who they are. According to the other shop owners these letters have been coming before this year. As a new person in this event, my perspective on them may be different from the others. At first, I was a little shocked that someone would send a letter like this. While most of us shop owners appreciate feedback from our customers, I think these go a little over the edge. Most of the content was a dislike for the fabric chosen this year. As retail shop owners, we have to consider the likes and dislikes of more than just a few customers. When we buy fabric we cannot just buy what we like, we have to predict what our customers will like. This year’s fabric is tossed names of the towns participating in the shop hop on both white and black backgrounds. It amazes me how many of the fabric representatives that I buy fabric from have lines of fabrics with similar fabric. Face it folks, words are “in”. There is some in nearly every line of fabric presented to us shop owners. Some will like it and some won’t. That is the name of the retail game. I recently had some very loyal customers that said they didn’t know if they would participate in the shop hop because they heard the fabric was awful. So I got out a bolt and showed them. They said they liked it! It was not what they expected. So if a few people are saying the fabric is awful, please go to a shop and take a look for yourself. You may like it and you may not, but at least give it a chance. As individuals we all share different likes and dislikes so please judge for yourself. As shop owners we know we cannot please everyone. But, when taking into account what our vendors are showing us, our fabric choice for this year is right in line with what the fabric designers are offering us. Who knows what next year will bring!
Also, one of the fans said that they expected to have a block kit ready to purchase at the register so that they could just purchase it and move on. They did not want to participate in the passport part of the event. As a fan, I would think you would want to experience the entire aspect of the event including filling out your passport to win prizes. I would think you would want to spend a little time in each shop seeing what they have available.
We try to make the event pleasurable to all. But, we expect at least 350 visitors during the course of the event and can in no way please them all. We hope that somewhere in the visitation each person will find something that they really like.
So, now on to the creation of the quilts. I can’t wait to see them!