Meet Leanne Gairdner
Leanne Gairdner likes to quilt and, like many other local quilters, had a hard time finding all of the quilting products and necessary equipment in Fort Nelson. It’s one of the main reasons that she started Ye Olde Quilt Shoppe in 2007, and the business was so well-received that she has had to expand twice since that time. The business serves not only Fort Nelson quilters, but also the surrounding areas and other small northern towns. “Hearing visitors say ‘I wish I had this store where I live’ makes me feel very proud of how far we have come,” Leanne says.
Leanne has lived in Fort Nelson since 1970 and declares, “it is home!” From beautiful scenery to a plethora of activities both indoors and out, there is nowhere else Leanne can picture herself living. Plus, being a small town, it’s easy to get to know people, and the ones who live in Fort Nelson are especially caring. “People here are always willing to help in a time of crisis.”
Working for herself has been fulfilling on many levels for Leanne. The small town atmosphere allows her to get to know her customers on a more personal level and gives her the ability to provide the kinds of products and services that local customers really want. Additionally, being an entrepreneur has given Leanne opportunities to give back to the community in ways she wasn’t able to before becoming a business owner. Leanne is also proud of the fact that her store is very focused on offering excellent customer service. “I want to treat people the way I would like to be treated when I shop locally,” she says, and it shows because Ye Olde Quilt Shoppe was nominated for a customer service award in 2012.
Creative. Artistic. Upbeat.
Ye Olde Quilt Shoppe is a quilter’s paradise specializing in high quality fabrics, notions and quilt patterns. Inside, the avid quilt maker will find 4000 bolts of 100 % cotton, flannel, wide backings and Minky fabrics. Ye Olde Quilt Shoppe is an authorized dealer of Janome sewing machines. Those who want to learn the art of quilting can take a group quilting class or arrange for a private quilting lesson.
If you don’t have the time or the expertise, Ye Olde Quilt Shoppe also provides quilting services on its long arm quilting machine and can design and create a custom quilt to suit your needs. The shop also carries a large selection of quilts ready to purchase.
Ye Olde Quilt Shoppe is a member of the Fort Nelson Chamber of Commerce.
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