When mother-daughter business owners Lori and Katie Rosa, 61 and 26, decided to deepen their love of quilting, Bloom: Fabric, Art and Retreat took hold.
The boutique at 724 Main St. in Margaretville opened in August 2017, offering designer fabrics and quilting supplies, yarn, local handmade textiles, design kits and, said Katie Rosa, a “limited selection” of art supplies. Bloom also offers overnight quilting classes and retreats for groups of six.
Bloom, Katie said, is an extension of their common interests and experiences.
“My mom is from Michigan, but she moved here about 30 years ago and my dad is from the Margaretville area,” Rosa said. “My mom was a social studies professor at Walton and she was getting ready to retire and I had just graduated from an art degree from Denison University in Ohio, so we were like, ‘Why not try to open up a fabric, yarn and art store offering and to top it off, we could have quilting retreats where the ladies could come and spend the night and work on their projects? ‘
“We came up with it because my mom used to do quilting retreats in Watkins Glen with all of her friends… and the year I graduated I went with her on a whim “she said. “It was so much fun – it was bedrooms, a workspace and a kitchen above a quilting workshop – and we thought it was such a great idea that we decided, ‘Why not not make one closer (to us)? “”
Katie said that although she started sewing after college, her mother loved quilts, crochet and crafts “ever since she was little.”
Despite Bloom’s diverse inventory, Katie said, the boutique is “definitely fabric first,” with a mix of contemporary and classic designs.
“We try to keep a good variety of fabrics,” she said. “Modern quilters love bold colors… and more traditional quilters like William Morris or Civil War prints. There is such a variety of tastes… and quilters are always trying to find that special fabric, but I would say our bestsellers are William Morris, Kaffe Fassett and everything from (the fabric company) Free Spirit.
“Kaffe Fassett is a very brightly colored designer,” she said. “I’m in love with her fabric.”
Bloom’s retreats, Katie said, have proven popular.
“They are growing up,” she said. “Our quilting retreat is right behind the store and we are planning on doing another upstairs so we can have two at the same time or a large retreat for 10 or 12 people. Currently there are six people in it and a group of friends will meet and reserve (the space).
According to bloomquilts.store, the three-bedroom retreat space includes a kitchen, living room, and workspace with large sewing tables, cutting rugs, irons and ironing boards, and sewing machines.
Retreats, Rosa said, generally fill up quickly, with the next scheduled for later this month.
Rosa said Bloom attracts clients from both up and down the state, with strong support from locals as well.
“(The clientele) is quite diverse,” she said. “Because we’re in Margaretville, we get a lot of people from (New York) city, and a lot of them are young parents who want to find something for their kids to do. Or we’ll have older people, because a lot of our quilters are in their 50s and up, coming from all over – Cooperstown, Windham and locally.
“We’ve been here for two and a half years now and for the most part we’ve had a really good response,” she said. “The other businesses on the street are great and we always help each other. “
Rosa said Bloom would expand her reach with inclusion in a summer edition of “Quilt Sampler Magazine”.
“They make the top 10 quilt shops in the country and, I believe, in Canada, and we were selected for that,” she said. “They asked us to design a quilt to put in the magazine, so I really wish I could design more because it was a lot of fun.”
Bloom is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday and Thursday; 10 to 5, Friday and Saturday; and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
For more information or to view class and retreat schedules, find “Bloom: Fabric, Art, and Retreat” on Facebook, call 845-586-6000 or visit bloomquilts.store