All in StitchesWhen asked why she opened All in Stitches, a quilting store in Zumbrota, Sandy Evans laughs and says, “Why not?”
By: Mikayla Cota, The Republican Eagle
When asked why she opened All in Stitches, a quilting store in Zumbrota, Sandy Evans laughs and says, “Why not?”
Evans has been a jack of all trades, owning businesses from cake decorating to craft stores.
“That is how I began to use quilting as a business. I bought a craft store in Stewartville, Minn., and then added my quilting supplies to the store. We eventually grew as a store, and we expanded to Zumbrota,” Evans said.
Evans has been quilting for 30 years, and she said this is a big reason why she went into the business.
“In order to help the customer and know the answers to their questions, you need to know what you are talking about, and have experience with the products,” she said.
While there are craft stores in Zumbrota, All in Stitches stands apart for this year, but also as a reflection of the owner’s taste.
“Every craft store has its own signature, and All in Stitches’ signature is that everything about it invites the customers in, from the bright fabrics to the light and cheery atmosphere,” Evans said.
Since the grand opening in April, Evans has settled into her new Zumbrota home well.
“Everyone has been very supportive of my new business,” she said. “The local business owners have been welcoming, and it feels like a community in downtown Zumbrota. We all try to help out the other businesses when we can.”
Evans said customers who know her All in Stitches store have begun to come to the Zumbrota store.
She has had customers come all the way from Owatonna, Rochester and Wisconsin to purchase their quilting supplies from her.
Evans hopes to expand into a regional brand, but first she will establish her roots in her two current stores.
“Stewartville and Zumbrota are very big territories, and we need to make sure the two businesses are stable before we can even think of expanding,” Evans said.
All in Stitches is located at 308 S. Main St., Zumbrota.