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Kim Winson
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Date: 6/9/04 11:16 PM

Hey Everyone,
I'm going to be in the Durham/Raleigh and Greensboro area in a couple of weeks; I wanted to know if anyone could recommended an independent fabric store (or two or three!;).  I'm moving up to Durham next month so even if I don't get to the stores on my brief visit, I'll be able to check them out after the move.

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Kim

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Date: 6/10/04 10:29 AM

Here are a couple that might be worthwhile:

Waechter's Silk Shop in Asheville. They sell natural fiber fabrics, not just silk

Mary Jo's in Gastonia, near Charlotte.

I'm at work so can't do much on descriptions, so I included links to their web pages instead.

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Date: 6/10/04 10:55 AM

Thanks Nan!

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Date: 6/10/04 12:53 PM

Hi Kim: I live in the Durham area and two nice independent fabric stores are: the Cotton Boll in Chapel Hill and Mulberry Fine Silks in Carrboro. Carrboro and Chapel Hill are right next to each other; literally within walking distance.  There are also a few quilt fabric stores: Sew Business in Durham and several in the Chapel Hill, Carrboro area  -- can't think of their names right now.

Mulberry has absolutely gorgeous fabrics and they're priced accordingly. The Cotton Boll has very nice fabrics also and tends to be a little less pricy than Mulberry.

Welcome to the Triangle area.

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Date: 6/10/04 3:37 PM

I'm excited that this is a discussion I can actually contribute to! I live in Chapel Hill, and the two local stores I go to are Mulberry Silks in Carrboro and Thimble Pleasures (a quilting store), which is also in Carrboro. I find Mulberry Silks to be a little out of my league, but sometimes I do go just to browse; I've never been made to feel bad about not purchasing something. Mulberry Silks is not especially big, but it's cool that it is in a converted hosery mill.

Thimble Pleasures is only a few blocks away, and I'm sure the staff at one store could easily direct you to the other. It stocks quilting cottons, beautiful batiks, and quilting supplies. Also, a yarn store (Yarns, Etc.) opens off of it, so that might be of interest if you like to knit. It looks like they have a store in Greensboro, too. Across the street is a NC craft gallery.

I hope you make it to Carrboro. It is a wonderful town, and I'll be making my home there in August. Good luck with your upcoming move to Durham!

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Date: 6/12/04 1:34 PM

Thank you ladies!  It seems that there are more options for sewers and crafters up there than there is here in Tampa!  I'm writing all of these names down so that I can check them out!

Kim

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Date: 6/21/04 8:22 PM

I just wanted update you on my travels.  I came back home today--12 hours one-way from Tampa to Durham and watched my "trip odometer" flip over twice :) Actually, the drive isn't bad--you can leave at a reasonable hour and arrive at the destination at a reasonable hour!  

Anyway, I didn't get a chance to check out local stores.  While I enjoy walking through potential apartments, I hate having to find them!  We didn't have a street level map of Durham and my directions were a bit off at times!  Plus, the was construction along one of the major roads (near the streets at southpoint--NICE mall!;) meant that a lot of the complexes didn't have signs along the road!

I ended up choosing an apartment near New Hope Commons, near 15-501 and the Old Durham Road.  and very fortunately, it's a stone's throw from the Cotton Ball, Thimble Pleasures, and a couple of other fabric stores.  Oh, and school :) No, their locations didn't influence my decision!  

I LOVE the trees along the interstate!  And the lightning bugs!!  I'm looking forward to moving there next month.  When I get settled, would anyone be interested in getting together for some fabric shopping?

Kim

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Date: 6/22/04 11:21 AM

Kim:welcome to North Carolina!! I know where New Hope Commons is. My DD loves shopping there and DH likes to browse at Barnes and Noble. It's also right down the street from Joann's. Which Triangle area school will you be attending?

I'm always up for fabric shopping or just browsing even. Let us know when you get settled.

Ardys; I attended law school at UNC many, many years ago and remember when Carrboro was this tiny little place. Boy, it's grown, but still seems to have done a great job maintaining a quaint feel to it.  I have a dear friend with whom I frequently walk. After our weekend walks, we will sometimes head to Carr Mill mall for lunch.

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Date: 6/22/04 11:28 PM

Hey Runrover,
I'll be getting my master's in nursing at Duke.  I'm really very excited to come--the program I'm in specializes exclusively in Pediatrics.  So, unlike other "pedi" prgrgrams, my pathophysiology and pharm classes are pedi oriented, rather than having to learn about drugs for Parkinson's....

I'm moving at the end of July.  I'll probably put out a message on the boards to meet up in early August.

Kim

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Date: 6/23/04 7:39 AM

Runrover, do you eat at Elmo's Diner? I have never been there, but they must have great food because there are always people waiting to get in!

And New Hope Commons is fairly close to the Joann's. That's where I go to buy patterns and notions and sometimes fabric. I used to think it was just an okay branch, but after reading the Joann's horror stories in another discussion (filth, surliness, etc.), I don't think it's that bad at all. Just understaffed.

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