ELLIS — An Ellis couple has transformed a space previously housing a saloon into a cozy, vintage-themed quilt service and retail operation.
Seams Like Olde Times Quilt Shop, owned by local couple Colette and Dennis Buchholz, opened Monday for its first day of business next to Arthur’s Pizza at 105 W. Ninth.
The service previously was known as Co’s Quality Quilting and was operated out of a small shop near Buchholz’s home.
“My husband — because of an illness — had to retire early,” Colette Buchholz said. “He needed something to do, so we decided to start a long-arm service. We’ve done it since 2011, and we’ve just grown.”
The owner always hoped to run a larger, personalized, thriving quilt shop in town and after retiring from the chemistry department at Fort Hays State University in January, she decided to chase her desire.
“It’s been a longtime dream of mine,” she said. “We hope it will bring a great service to a small community.”
The store boasts fabrics, gifts, notions, yarn and embroidery products, and features quilting classes and long-arm services.
Instructional classes should start within the next month or so, and one or two will be offered per month, according to the owner.
Displayed throughout the shop are abundant handmade quilts, a variety of fabric and retail products. The space also features a lounge area, hardwood floors, a tin ceiling, a wooden canopy and a workstation where classes will be conducted.
“It’s been renovated, but we tried to keep a lot of that old charm,” Colette Buchholz said. “I love the older, antique feeling. It reminds me of good, old times.”
Deb Gordier of Clinton Township, Mich., visited the store on its second day of business. She brought along her granddaughter, Mikayla, whom she hopes to teach about quilting.
“It’s a small town, and it’s quaint. I think they needed something like this,” she said of Ellis. “There’s a calmness to quilting and a feeling of accomplishment and creativity.”
Seams Like Olde Times Quilt Shop developed through the hard work and devotion of a dedicated family.
Colette Buchholz’s cousin, Mary Lou Mobley of Denver, is in town for the week to assist getting things off the ground.
“She’s been quilting for years, and this is her passion. So her passion has now turned into her full-time occupation,” Mobley said.
Additionally, Colette Buchholz’s granddaughter, sons, husband and others contributed to decorating and remodeling the space.
“The outpouring of friends and family that came from long distances surprised me and made me feel really good,” Buchholz said. “It’s almost still not real to me, that I’m actually fulfilling my dream.”
Seams Like Olde Times Quilt Shop is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
For additional information, visit the shop’s Facebook page or call (785) 726-2589.