It’s called Kansas Prairie Shop Hop and 11 communities in the northeast quadrant of Kansas have businesses that expect the unique promotion to bring a substantial number of visitors to their stores.
The Shop Hop Promotion is in its fifth year and extends its reach from the furthest western outpost, Stuff-N-Such in Downs, eastward to Hiawatha, which is only 40 miles from St. Joseph, Missouri.
Stuff-N-Such Proprietor Majean Schneider says the purpose of the promotion is to create some quilting excitement and generate some business for the 11 businesses participating in the special event.
Just how much business is the promotion expected to drum up? Schneider says even with the high gas prices last summer and only four days to complete the circuit, her store saw somewhere in the neighborhood of 350 visitors.
This year the time frame has been increased to eight days starting tomorrow Friday, June 5th and running through Saturday, June13th.
Quilters making the entire 11-store circuit, compete for prizes including an enclosed wood and glass quilt holder, the big grand prize.
One other interesting feature of the promotion is the quilt display each shop will exhibit. The quilt displays will be similar because the same fabrics will be used by all of the quilters. However, the design will be uniquely that of each store owner.
To accommodate the hordes of travelling quilt fanatics, Schneider says Stuff-N-Such will be open from 9:00-AM to 7:00-PM weekdays and Saturdays and 11:00-AM to 4:00-PM Sundays during the entirety of the competition.