Farmer’s Wife Moves to Expanded Location
The Wells County Chamber of Commerce staff and Ambassadors welcomed Briana Webb with Farmer’s Wife retail store with a Ribbon Cutting on June 25, 2021 to their new location. Farmer’s Wife moved from the location behind Dairy Queen to the Villa North Mall at 927 N Main Street in Bluffton.
Webb originally opened the retail store February 2020 with 490 square feet of space. Webb continued to expand the business with the space that was available at the previous location ending with 1,200 square feet. As business continued to grow, Webb decided to find space to support a larger classroom and an expanded inventory conducive to the needs of customers. “Even through we were shut down and being closed for four-and-a-half months, our sales stayed steady,” said Webb. “Finding a large location with the space to conduct classrooms was a big drive for moving.”
Farmer’s Wife moved into the former location of Jericho Preschool with 4,000 sq feet of space and opened doors at the new location on June 1, 2021. A lot of work needed to take place before moving into the new location. “Two of the classrooms were kept; however, they were opened up to make one big classroom,” explained Webb. “Walls were taken down in the main area to create a large open space, the doorway was opened up, the carpet was removed and replaced with flooring, and the walls were painted to lighten up the room.”
More space also allowed for additional product inventory and dedicated areas for machine demos. “We brought in 400 bolts of new fabric and we have stations people can try out the machines before they buy. I also have an area for sewing machine repairs which we can take any brand or model,” stated Webb.
Farmer’s Wife offers a wide range of class offerings each month. Webb said if it involves thread, needles, and fabric they teach it. “We have a full range of quilting classes from beginning all the way to advanced quilting. Tucker University is also offered, which is based off a renowned quilter, Deb Tucker and Studio 180 Design. This fall we will be holding a garment class teaching people how to make their own clothing. We also offer classes on machine embroidery and applique. In addition, we hold crafting classes such as how to use a Silhouette, Cricut, and Cameo machines.”
Webb explained that most of the projects are from start to finish in the class setting. Machines are available for rent; however, bringing your own machine to class is ideal. “Every machine is different, and one size does not fit all. I can show you how to use your tools to have a successful project, especially if you are a beginner.”
Farmer’s Wife class schedule are listed on the website at www.farmerswifequiltshop.com or on the Facebook page. “We would like for people to register so we know we have enough space and supplies because most of the classes come with kits,” said Webb.
Hours are Tuesday and Thursday from 10am to 8pm, Wednesday and Friday from 10am to 5pm, and Saturday from 10am to 3pm.
Picture in photo left to right:
Erin Prible, Wells County Chamber of Commerce, Executive Director
Alyssa Sponseller, Archbold & Wilson, Chamber Ambassador
Ben Webb, Farmer’s Wife
Theo Webb, Farmer’s Wife
Jon Webb, Farmer’s Wife
Briana Webb, Farmer’s Wife
Carson Webb, Farmer’s Wife
Casey Robbins, Farmers & Merchants Bank, Chamber Ambassador
Noah Webb, Farmer’s Wife
Sandy Garcia, Chamber Ambassador
Heather Morgan, National Oil & Gas, Chamber Ambassador
Mayor John Whicker