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Cobblestone's anniversary this Halloween

MORRISONVILLE - When Amy Sorrell and her mother, Janice Snider, couldn't find the fabric they wanted in the area, the shopped elsewhere. When they got tired of that, they started their own store.

This Halloween will mark the one-year anniversary of Sorrell and Snider opening their business, Cobblestone Quilts and Fabrics.

"When Jo-Ann Fabrics closed, it was hard to find fabric in town," recalled Sorrell. "There wasn't much selection in town so we'd drive across the lake to Vermont or to Malone."

"It was an hour drive to a fabric store," said Snider. "That's a long drive."

The mother-daughter duo began their business venture and hasn't looked back. The secret to the shop's success has been carrying several lines of fabric, including Northcott, Red Rooster, RJR, Thimbleberries and Maywood and an array of patterns. Offering homemade purses, tote bags and quilts and consignment items, as well as hosing regular quilting classes hasn't hurt either.

"It's constant here," Sorrell said of the shop's flow of customers.

Sorrell also credits that to keeping prices affordable.

"I try to keep costs [for fabric] under $10 a yard, but there are a few specialty fabrics that cost a little more," said Sorrell. "We even have some that are $3.99. Fabric doesn't have to be expensive."

The shop's location in the heart of Morrisonville in an old Victorian house is one Sorrell and Snider both think couldn't get much better.

"I like the idea of having a quilt shop in a Victorian house because it's an old-fashioned hobby in an old-fashioned building. It just goes together."

Having the small shop also reminds Snider of a piece of Americana lost in many towns today.

"When I was a kid, I can remember going to a different little store for everything," she said. "I like the idea of a street with little shops. I wish there was more downtown."

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