Introducing Man’s Land in Hamilton, MO!

Introducing Man’s Land in Hamilton, MO!

Behind every woman in a quilt shop is a man carrying 15+ bolts of fabric and begging her to stop buying more! It’s a classic tale that’s been around for years. But it’s about to change if we have a say in the matter! Amid our eleven quilt shops here in Hamilton you’ll now find Man’s Land, a lounge and billiards area for the men to enjoy! (Find a list of all our shops HERE.)

Man's Land from Missouri Star Quilt Co. in Hamilton, MO.Take a a nice long look at these comfy recliners, but watch out! Sit down for “just a minute” and you’ll never want to get back up! They’re all facing two big screen TV’s. It’s the perfect setup for watching the big game or getting some shut-eye. Go ahead, take a load off!

Man's Land from Missouri Star Quilt Co. in Hamilton, MO.

Man’s Land is warm, rustic and inviting so you’ll feel right at home… and maybe forget about how much money your wife is spending on fabric 😉

Man's Land from Missouri Star Quilt Co. in Hamilton, MO.

Ahh, so peaceful and relaxing! There’s even a section dedicated to our favorite manly quilter, Rob Appell of Man Sewing! Check out his YouTube Channel HERE!

Man's Land from Missouri Star Quilt Co. in Hamilton, MO.

The name Man’s Land was around a long time in Hamilton before Missouri Star even existed and that’s where we got our inspiration for a manly hangout. We love our small town and we love restoring the buildings to bring them new life. We hope this little haven will give you the opportunity to stay a little longer and feel rested and refreshed by the time you have to go!

Hamilton Visitor’s Guide: J’s Burger Dive

Hamilton Visitor’s Guide: J’s Burger Dive

Today’s stop on the Hamilton Visitor’s Guide series is J’s Burger Dive! Nestled next to the main shop, right beside Poppy’s Bakery, J’s is a great spot to grab some lunch, dinner or one of J’s fabulous milkshakes!

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You can choose to dine inside….

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…or on the shared outdoor patio! Umbrellas are in place now for the summer!

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The staff at J’s serves up tasty burgers and fries from 11am-8pm  Monday-Saturday! Triple burgers! Cajun fries! Garlic pepper fries! Ranch fries! Yummo!

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This is J! John is a former Navy diver, thus the name for his eatery.

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Here’s the full menu:

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The milkshakes have become SUPER popular! J and his staff made over 500 the first week and haven’t slowed down since!

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J’s proudly serves up Blue Bell ice cream. A constantly rotating set of flavors means you’ll always find something yummy!

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This crew of ladies visited the quilt shops from California, Missouri (yes! That’s a real city!). We caught them taking a mid-day ice cream break and they gave the ice cream a giant stamp of approval.

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Be sure to stop by J’s when you’re in town! You won’t be sorry! And if you’re looking for more to see and do around Hamilton, check out the rest of our Hamilton Visitor’s Guide series!

Hamilton Visitor’s Guide: JC Penney Home & Museum

Hamilton Visitor’s Guide: JC Penney Home & Museum

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Did you know that Hamilton is the boyhood home of JC Penney? It’s true! When you come for a visit to our quilt shops, you’ll definitely want to leave some time to visit the JC Penney Museum and boyhood home. And since Hamilton is a (fabulous) small town, everything is right within walking distance.

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Just two blocks down from the main shop, you’ll see the JC Penney Museum at 312 N Davis Street. Hours are Monday thru Friday, 9am-5pm and Saturday from 9am-12pm.

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Walk in, head to the right and you’ll find a room full of memorabilia!

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Oh! Hey there, J.C.!

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Check out the gorgeous desk!

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Open since 1976, there is so much history and a wide variety of unique retail artifacts here! If you’re looking for a place to send your husband while you shop, this is a great option!

Back across the hall is the Hamilton Library!

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Head back toward the main shop and you’ll see the JCP boyhood home just across the street. Tours of the inside of the home are available. Just inquire at the Museum to see if someone is available to show you around!

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Remember that part about everything being in walking distance? The building in the background is our longarm quilting building. Which also happens to be the old library!

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We love being surrounded by such great pieces of history and we’re proud to show off our hometown. We hope to see you here soon! If you’re planning a visit, be sure to check out all of the posts in the Hamilton Visitor’s Guide series!

Hamilton Visitor’s Guide: Penney’s Quilt Shop

Hamilton Visitor’s Guide: Penney’s Quilt Shop

Today’s stop in our Hamilton Visitor’s Guide is at Penney’s Quilt Shop, our Missouri Star solids and basics shop!

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Prepare yourself for a giant dose of COLOR!

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This building has some great history! Most recently it was a hardware store. Many many years ago, it was a JC Penney store, owned by JCP himself! It was his 500th store. How cool is that?

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Did you know that Hamilton is the birthplace of JCP? True story! That’s a Visitor’s Guide post for another day.

Back to the fabric!

Penney’s Quilt Shop houses solids, minky fabrics and basics that don’t go out of print. A recent visitor from Kansas City said it was “like walking into a life sized crayon box.” We loved hearing that! Want a tour?

Along this wall, you’ll see all of our Robert Kaufman Kona solids.

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We have just about every color and will very soon have them all! That sign was used for a traveling play about the life of JC Penney. A local Hamilton resident had it in storage and offered it to us. We LOVE how it looks and love that it is hanging in what used to be a JCP store! So cool!

There are solids precuts in bright and cheery bundles.

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At the back of the shop, you’ll see our Shannon Cuddle fabrics. We’ve got every color, too!

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The right half of the shop is home to allllll of the Moda Bella solids:

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And we’ve got RJR Cotton Supremes and Free Spirit Designer Solids, too. More bolts of these arrive every day, so look for them to grow and grow!

Our Stonehenge section is also growing! It now includes hundreds of different prints!

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Want blenders like Moda Grunge? Or Moda Weave? We’ve got you covered!

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Are dots your thing? Tiny dots? Or maybe swirls?

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Oh, I see. You’re more of a stars person? OK.

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What about chevrons? Big or small, we’ve got them all!

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Penney’s Quilt Shop is located across the street and down a block from the main shop, at 215 N Davis Street. It’s open Monday- Saturday 9am-5pm, just like the main shop, Sew Seasonal and the Mercantile. Phew! That’s four shops! Did you know a 5th one is undergoing restoration right now? For batiks! Should be open this summer! If you’re visiting any time soon, check out all of the posts in our Visitor’s Guide series. We want to make your visit a great one!

 

 

Hamilton Visitor’s Guide: Missouri Star Retreat Center

Hamilton Visitor’s Guide: Missouri Star Retreat Center

By popular vote on Facebook, today we’re profiling the Missouri Star Sewing Center (aka “the retreat center”)!

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Open to groups of 10 or more, our retreat center can sleep up to 37 quilters! We rent the facility to guilds and groups for private events and also offer several MSQC retreats and “Sew with Jenny” classes. Check out the upcoming offerings here!

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Before we get started, we’ll share that TONS of details about booking the center, rates, FAQs, etc are located in this link, so head there for the nitty gritty. In this post, we’ll poke our nose around and check out the sleeping rooms, sewing space, kitchen and show what the retreat center looks like in a million photos (or less). Ready?

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When you arrive, you’ll likely find Jean, smiling away while she works at the check-in desk. I like to call her “Jean, Jean the Retreat Center Queen.” Jean can answer questions and show you around (as long as the facility isn’t closed for a private event). Her e-mail address is retreats@missouriquiltco.com. Here’s a tip: our phone number routs to customer service, so that e-mail is the most direct way to reach Jean about the retreat center.

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The retreat center features a full kitchen! Coffee pot, plates, mugs, silverware. You name it, we’ve got it here for you. There’s a nice big counter for serving up food or snacks for your group.

Curious about other food options during your stay? Recently, quilt guilds staying here have ordered Casey’s pizza, grabbed Subway sandwiches (across the street!), dined at J’s Burger Dive and Poppy’s Bakery (right next door!), picked up food at the local grocery store (on the same block!). Some groups bring in continental-style breakfasts and stock the pantry and fridge for their members.

Just off the kitchen is a back deck area, perfect for some outdoor stitching!

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The main floor has tables for sewing and also large round tables for gathering, eating or spreading out for some machine quilting. Don’t have your machine with you? You can reserve and rent one of the Baby Lock Melody machines we have on hand!

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There is an outlet next to every table! No worries about tripping over extension cords!

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The space is BRIGHT! Natural light and indirect lighting fill the room. One of our main goals was a well-lit space for sewing. One recent group vouched for the fact that it is just as bright when you’re sewing at 1 o’clock in the morning!

A sound system is available for spinning some tunes and free WiFi is there for those moments when you want to refer to an online tutorial (we hear there are some cool ones on YouTube. Haha!).

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The main floor also features two half baths and access to two main floor bedrooms, each with a private full bath. These rooms feature queen beds and are reserved for those who cannot physically navigate the steps to the second floor. These rooms are not handicapped accessible by ADA standards.

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Back by the front door and Jean’s desk is a small sitting area, great for hand sewing or taking a quilting break.

Ready to head upstairs?

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Upstairs, you’ll find a large hall with eight sleeping rooms, each with a different number of beds (most twins, some queen). You’ll see LOTS of quilts on the walls in the hallways and bedrooms. The repeated washing and hot water needed to clean the bedding keeps us from putting quilts on beds, but you can bet we’ve covered other available space with quilty goodness!

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Six private baths are in their own hallway.

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These baths are bright and clean and about as far from “camping” as you can get! Guests keep asking where we bought the towels, so they must be pretty awesome!

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Each room has a crazy comfy bed and cushy pillow. Bedding is provided, of course. This isn’t a campground, folks! Ha!

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Each room has a counter, mirror and space for hanging clothes.

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And we can engage the room lock codes if you wish.

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Back downstairs in the kitchen, we find some very excellent advice:

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So! That’s the full tour! What’d you think? We’re so thrilled with this building and absolutely LOVE meeting all of the great guests we’ve had the chance to host. Some recent guests included 33 members of the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild. They rented the facility for a private event, their annual weekend-long retreat. Here are two photos of their end-of-retreat show and tell, including a few bits of their feedback about the retreat center, in case you want the scoop from a guest perspective!

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“Retreat center was clean and so well lit. Room/bathrooms were great, towels were luxurious, mattresses and pillows very comfy.”

“Beautiful facilities, great space, incredible lighting! I didn’t want to leave.”

“This was the best retreat location I have ever been too. From the rooms, to the sewing space to the helpful employees everything was handled with care. Especially enjoyed the tours and learning the history as well as the future plans for the MSQC.”

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“The beds were perfection. The fluffy towels were awesome. Everything was so bright, clean and simply decorated. Every single person was so nice and helpful to us. The little treats in our bed at night were not necessary but such a fun surprise. I’ll treasure those.”

“Amazing lighting (AMAZING!), extremely comfy beds, fluffy pillows and towels. Jean could not possibly be a better hostess. So welcoming and happy! The price is an excellent value for the atmosphere and cleanliness and nearby shopping. The sound system and Wifi are wonderful!”

Hearing that feedback makes us so happy! We love this opportunity we have to provide a retreat location for others!

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We hope you loved this stop on our tour of Hamilton. Be sure to check out previous posts to get the full tour! Thanks for joining us. We can’t wait to see you here soon!