In an unassuming strip mall in the north end of Newmarket, Ontario, a town some 40 miles north of Toronto, there is an oasis for knitters and quilters. From the outside, The Quilt Store.ca and The Yarn Store.ca are hidden behind ordinary industrial doors, but once a person steps through those doors the senses are filled with colour and textures. With 7,000 bolts of quilting cottons and too many skeins of fibre to count, the store is nothing short of inspiring!
“We just got involved in a shop hop in the area and everyone who came through the door, and had never been here before just said, ‘Wow’,” says the store’s marketing manager Wendy Burton. “We strive to have people feel that way every time they come here.”
Madi Carlisle, the store’s owner, purchased a 25-year-old quilting and fabric store and then proceeded to expand it and add the yarn. “I want people to think it is incredible to shop here,” she says. “We have new fabric and yarn coming in all the time and we offer over 250 classes per year, including sewing classes for children, which are very popular.”
Read more in our Summer 2013 issue.
Owner, Madi Carlisle
The Quilt Store & The Yarn Store
17817 Leslie Street, Unit 40