April Road Trip

Remember, we do not have a regular meeting and SEW-day planned this month.

Instead, we have this:

This is A&E Pharmacy, home to more than 12,000 bolts of cotton quilting fabric and more.  Glenna, one of those helpful folks behind the cutting counter, says "And that doesn't count what's in the back room."

Besides fabric, they have notions, patterns, pre-cuts, books, crafting supplies, mardi gras beads, templates, cutting tools, etc.

In fact, this little blurb "When I was at the Drug Store the other day, I found these three fabrics...", from this blog, piqued my curiosity.  Although Wendi didn't mention it by name, it could only be A&E!  Hello?  Drug Store?  Fabric?  By any chance do you live in Pensacola?  Yep.  

Small world that it is, Wendi is now an integral member of the ECMQG community of modern quilters.  Thanks to A&E.

These folks are the knowledgeable ones.  I call them the Cutting Counter Goodies.  The advice, encouragement, expertise, laughs, and friendly customer service keep people coming back.  

A&E Cutting Counter Goodies - Martha (front center); Glenna, Tovah, & Veronica (2nd row); Ollie (center back)

Another local quilter, blogger, and author - Kim Brackett - described A&E like this in her 2009 post:  

"There is a wonderful fabric store in Pensacola that you would probably miss if you were to drive right by it. The name of this enchanted place had been A&E Pharmacy. When I looked up the telephone number recently, I noticed several divisions listed: A&E Fabric, Variety & Craft Store; A&E Pharmacy; and A&E Appliance Center. All are located in a small, old-fashioned strip shopping center. (You could save a lot of time if you ever need to pick up some thread, your Zoloft prescription, and a new washing machine!) The fabric department has grown over the years, but has not pushed out the crafts section where, in addition to crafty items, they sell Mardi Gras and other seasonal decorations."

Not much has changed.  Except for the fabric selections.  And maybe a couple of newer faces behind the cutting counter.  And the quilts hanging throughout the store.  Currently, most of them are the quilts featured in Kim's latest book, Scrap-Basket Beauties.

Saturday is going to be fun.  I hope you plan on joining us.  Please wear your  name tag and remember to bring your 2013 ECMQG Membership Card.  Your dues must be up-to-date to receive the special shopping day discount.  If you need to pay dues, we can take care of that Saturday too.

The convoy/carpool from Crestview is meeting at Hardee's at 8:00 a.m.  The plan is to leave Crestview no later than 8:15 a.m.

While we wait patiently for A&E to open their doors, how about visiting another westside gem?  Daylight Donuts, just up the road, makes all of their donuts by hand each and every morning.  I'll be there.

See you Saturday!

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