La Porte Quickly Becoming Quilters Haven On Galveston Bay
For over 25 years La Porte has been home to one of the most coveted quilt shops in Texas, the Painted Pony. With over 8,500 square feet and over 10,000 bolts of fabric that date back to the early 1900’s quilters have long traveled to the area just to visit their store. Now, with the help of an Enhancement Grant from the City, quilters can soon make a retreat weekend out of their trip! And Sew It Began – Pieceful Stitches will be the first quilters retreat to open in the Houston area and is located in the heart of La Porte’s historic downtown area. They will be ready for groups to book their retreats beginning January 1. With its proximity to one of the top 10 quilt shops in the United States, easy access to downtown eateries and antique shopping, and a short walk down to the water, this cabin is likely to quickly become the most sought after quilters haven on Galveston Bay.
The City offers enhancement grants to businesses open, or opening, in their historic downtown district that consists of Main Street & Broadway (or anywhere else in the City). The incentive allows the City to encourage business owners to enhance their property in that district by granting them a match of up to $25,000 for any improvements made to their business. Eligible projects include façade, renovation, beautification, new awnings, canopies, porches, and signage. “The idea is to encourage our redevelopment in our downtown. We have a lot of great things happening in La Porte right now and a lot of momentum building downtown. What better way to encourage new businesses to call La Porte home than to offer them this program as an incentive!” says the Economic Development Coordinator Ryan Cramer.
With La Porte’s welcoming atmosphere and small town charm, there is no doubt that with this new addition and our landmark in the Painted Pony it will quickly be on every quilter’s wish list of places to visit.
PAINTED PONY ‘n quilts
Not too many local businesses can claim a history of over thirty years and a customer base that spans the whole Greater Houston area and stretches as far as Louisiana. This week's business spotlight can easily boast those claims. Painted Pony 'n Quilts has been a centerpiece of La Porte since 1985. The family owned and operated business has a well renowned reputation for exceptional service and quality products.
The jovial staff are quick to greet customers with a smile and show them around the vast store space, while chatting excitedly about various sewing and craft projects. The shop offers absolutely every item a quilter, seamstress or occasionally crafty person could ever dream up. The store is dominated from end to end with over TEN-THOUSAND 😮 bolts of high quality fabrics in every color, shade, pattern, season and texture available. In addition, there are supplies galore, from a variety of grid rulers and stunningly complex quilts on display, to a plethora of thimbles and needles. The Painted Pony 'n Quilts also offers quilting classes, books, patterns, gifts, Janome sewing machines and sergers, and even sewing furniture. The enormous selection is something you have to see to believe. Swing on by and see how your holidays just got a whole lot craftier.