One day during our retreat, Sandy, Lori, and I deicded to go visit the quilt shop in the town right next to where our retreat was. So, we went to The New Ewe Knitting and Quilt Shoppe in Newaygo, MI.
We pulled up to the shop, and I knew I was going to have a great time. You could just tell from the outside of the building and the quaint little downtown area of Newaygo that we were in for some fun!
I moved over to the yarn side. Notice the spinning wheel in the window, and a small table for looking at books and patterns. This is also a place where small knitting groups gather. I have been purposefully staying out of yarn shops. But I couldn't resist this one!
They had such a nice selection of very pretty and unique yarns. Very interesting patterns and samples, too! Mom, if you are reading this, you would have really enjoyed this shop. The gals were so nice and helpful in selecting yarns and patterns. Very knowledgable!
There was freshly brewed coffee that smelled SOOOOO good. I'm not a coffee drinker, but it smelled so good, I wish I was! As I said, the gals in the shop were so very nice and helpful. And they offered us coffee as soon as we waled in the door!
I loved this gift basket. Three balls of cotton yarn, some Yardley soap, and two different patterns for cotton washcloths. Very clever and oh, so cute! I wanted it so bad. If you need to get me a birthday present or something, this would be a great choice! Hee hee.
Here is their classroom space. It's gorgeous, isn't it? The gals told us that anytime they are open and don't have a class going on, you can make an appointment to bring all your friends in and use their space for a sew in. NO CHARGE! How nice is that?! If you come in when the store is closed, the cost is $20 per hour, so they can pay their staff to keep it open for you. I thought this was fantastic.
We had a great time in this shop. It's a great place, and I will definitely go back. All three of us spend way too much money in here! You have to stop in if you are in the area!
Upon the recommendation of my friend, Cheryl W., we went across the street afterward to have lunch at the River Stop Cafe. This used to be a bank, in it's day. (Are you noticing a trend? My quilt shop visits always seem to involve a lunch stop afterward! LOL!)
Here was the view when we walked in. My first impression was, "We're going to love this place." You'll notice it was empty. By the time we finished our lunch, this place was PACKED! Not a single table open! We beat the lunch rush.
The only things that came home with me from this shop were some vintage books for my cowboy room. A Zane Gray book, and a couple of Roy Rogers books. I'll have to show them to you later, as I don't have the photos downloaded yet.
Time to head back to The Shack and get some sewing done! This was parked next to us when we returned to our car. I didn't realize there were Amish up in this area, but I guess there are. The woman who owned this cart came back while we were loading up to get in the car. We talked to her briefly.
We had a wonderful time shopping and at the retreat. What a great weekend. I'm ready to go back now!
If you are in the area, stop in to this fun town and visit these shops. Give yourself some time, though. You're going to want to stay a while!
That was the end of my weekend with friends, and this marks the end of my spring break. It's back to the fast pace tomorrow. :-(
Until next time,