By: Cassie Woods | Category: Retail | Issue: January 2013
Mother-in-law and daughter-in-law team Jan and Tammy Bemies show off some of the fabrics available at Cotton Cottage in Claremore.
In August of last year, Jan Bemies decided to turn a long-time hobby into a business when she opened Claremore’s only specialty fabric store, on the corner of Blue Starr Drive and Davis Avenue. The semi-retired child care administrator and her daughter-in-law, Tammy Bemies, had been discussing starting the venture for a while. While driving around Claremore one day after dropping her children off at Claremore Christian School, Tammy found the little white house now referred to as the Cotton Cottage.
“We have been very lucky,” said Jan. “The owners of the property were phenomenal during the start-up process. They completed all the upgrades we needed and helped with the remodel of the house. They truly were instrumental in helping get the place open for business.”
And since they opened five months ago, they haven’t stopped going. Jan and Tammy are continually looking for ways to offer their customers personalized service. “We make a great team because we work so well together and balance each other out,” said Jan. “I do all the quilting, and Tammy handles the garments and décor. She has a wonderful eye for color and is very creative.”
Stacked floor to ceiling, Cotton Cottage has a very large selection of quality, name-brand fabrics. Some of their most popular brands include Red Rooster, Amy Butler, Free Spirit, Blue Hill, Hoffman and RJR. As the store’s name suggests, all of their fabrics are 100 percent cotton, and they carry a wide range of colors and styles including solids, prints, florals and children’s designs. They also carry some unique character prints such as Route 66 and John Deere. If you are looking for a specific color or design that may not be in stock, the staff at Cotton Cottage can special order based on supplier availability.
In addition to great, brand-name quilting and dress fabrics, Cotton Cottage also sells laminated cotton that can be used for making waterproof creations like raincoats, bags and lunch bags. They also have a good line of flannels in stock and carry patterns, notions and fat quarters.
“If you’re a quilter, you know what fat quarters are and we have a great selection at a good price,” said Jan. “All of our fat quarters are high quality and all are priced at $1.99.”
The Cotton Cottage is also home to a long-arm quilting machine. If a customer creates the quilt and needs to have it sandwiched together, they can have it done in house starting at one cent per inch plus a $10 set up fee. They also do a little bit of specialized embroidery and can create some garments.
“We want to get the word out – whether you want to make a nice garment or complete a large-scale quilting project, we can help you,” said Jan. “As we grow, we will continue to add services that cater to the needs of our customers, and we look forward to growing this business and establishing a good customer base by providing quality products and customer service.”
Cotton Cottage is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.