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Marilyn Forbes | For The Mt. Pleasant Journal
Loose Ends yarn owner and shop sales associate Debby Gordon puts the finishing touches on one of the displays in the Christmas area in the new shop in May.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 11:30 p.m.

Walking into the newly opened Quilt Patch Etc. shop is like entering a lovely explosion of color, as the walls in each room are covered in vibrant colors of wools, cottons, beads and more.

Sporting a new look, new location and even offering new opportunities, the shop, now located at 806 W. Main St. in Mt. Pleasant is the one-stop shop for quilters and crafters.

“This is a new location, and I really like it here,” said Debby Gordon, owner of Loose Ends Yarns, one of the vendors inside the building.

“It's a lot better and much more convenient. It's nice to be close to town,” she said.

The building, formerly Grimm Funeral Home, is owned by Becca Flack of Acme who opened the store in the 1990s at its original location on Pittsburgh Street in Scottdale.

But when Flack found the West Main Street space, which is much larger than the store's previous locations, she said she had to have it.

Along with Loose Ends Yarns, Quilt Patch Etc. provides space to additional vendors representing other businesses, including Nyoka's Needles and Linda's Beads, which offer quilting supplies, all yarn craft needs and embroidery essentials.

“It's like having four businesses under one roof,” Flack said.

The interior of the new shop is finished, with bright colors and warm textures greeting customers separated by season into various rooms, but Flack said that they will continue on the exterior of the building in the months to come.

“We'll be working on the outside all summer long,” said Flack, adding that plans include the continued use of the building's side entrance as the main entrance.

The shop will continue to offer instructional classes, with an expanded schedule to include coursers on quilting, knitting, bead work and jewelry repair.

“We have classes set at regular times, but if you can't make a certain day or time, we'll try our best to schedule something for you when its convenient for you,” said Gordon, adding that the instructors for the shop are trained in many different aspects of crafting.

“If you interested in learning something, we can probably teach you about anything that you want to know,” she said.

The shop is now open and welcomes customers and students.

“It's always great to see a new business come into Mt. Pleasant,” Mayor Jerry Lucia said. “This is a nice building, and it's great to see it opened again.”

The shop is open from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.

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