By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Special Interest | Issue: April 2011
Ann Danback, aka “Grannie Annie,” is celebrating one year in business this month.
Grannie Annie’s Quilt Shop in Beggs is celebrating its one year anniversary with a storewide celebration April 5 through 9. Ann Danback opened her quaint, old-fashioned quilting store on April 5, 2010 after her retirement and many years of tinkering with the idea.
The one year celebration will include door prizes for everyone who visits, specials throughout the store, and the opportunity to enter a drawing for a $50 gift certificate, to be awarded April 30.
“I’ve had such a wonderful year and made so many new quilting friends. I see new faces all the time, from all over the state. It’s fantastic!” says Ann. “I look forward to making many more new friends and to many more years in business.”
If you have a group planning to make the short road trip to Grannie Annie’s, give Ann a call first. “If groups let me know they are coming, I’ll have some special goodies ready.”
According to Ann, her first year in business would not have been possible without the support of her friends in the Scrap Happy Quilt Guild of Okmulgee, which has about 40 members. “They have helped me so much. And I have a group of built-in regular customers, which doesn’t hurt!” In August, the guild will host their annual quilt show in Okmulgee.
As soon as you step in the door, it’s obvious that Grannie Annie’s Quilt Shop is a very open, friendly place. “My goal was to set up the shop like a grandmother’s house, with old furniture and a cozy feel. I have a table where customers can bring projects to work on; there’s no pressure to hurry in and out. I want people to come in and have fun and chat and laugh. That’s what it’s all about for me,” says Ann. “If someone has a question, I’m always happy to help them, or if I don’t know the answer, I’ll find out. It’s amazing how much there is to know about quilting. I learn something new every day.”
Ann attributes the success of her store’s inaugural year to the old-fashioned, welcoming feel and the vast selection of inventory. “I firmly believe that if you have a friendly atmosphere, a lot of inventory, and a place where customers can come in and relax and enjoy themselves, you will be successful.”
Grannie Annie’s carries over 1,000 bolts of fabric at all price ranges, as well as books, patterns, quilt kits, cutting mats and notions of all kinds. “Moda is one of my favorite fabrics, and I carry designs by Kansas Trouble and Holly Taylor,” she says. Other brands available include Maywood, Benartex, Red Rooster, David’s Textiles and Timeless Treasures. Check back at the shop regularly – new items arrive all the time.
If you’re interested in learning how to quilt, watch for Ann’s upcoming beginning quilter’s classes. “What’s wonderful is that a lot of younger people are wanting to learn how to quilt,” she adds. Ann also offers advanced quilting classes.
Grannie Annie’s Quilt Shop is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday from noon to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. The shop is located at 8054 Highway 16 #300, next door to Kathy’s Pharmacy & Gifts. Call (918) 267-1551 for more information.
Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.