A five minute drive off the 400 highway into Cookstown, Ontario, and on a quiet side street one block from a church, Country Concessions welcomes quilters in a rainbow of colours and inspiration. Housed in a former school house that has been expanded to allow for more display and classroom space, the worn wooden floors and rows of shelving create a homey atmosphere.
Country Concessions opened in 1994 and, in 2011, it was purchased by Cynthia Ramsay and Shannon Fullerton, who had a shared dream of operating a quilt store. At the time, Shannon was employed at the store and she “loved everything about it.” Meanwhile, Cynthia had business experience and an entrepreneurial heart. When the two connected, the shop became a “go to” destination with expanded workshop offerings and new initiatives. They added a touch of whimsy and joy to the everyday operation that involves 10 staff members.
“We like different things, so we complement each other’s tastes,” Cynthia admits. “It’s been a huge learning curve since we took over, but it’s been fun.” The duo has added bus trips, Block of the Month programs, special events, and, their online store has grown so much, they put a staff member in charge of it.
Read more in our Winter 2014 issue.
1 Dufferin Street
Cookstown, Ontario L0L 1L0