The twelve Twin Cities shop owners are offering bus tours during the first two weekends of the shop hop again this year. There are some changes ... the first that there will be a pick up in Roseville ... and also that a caterer will be supplying lunches during the tour. (The lunches were great ... we sampled them!) Read on for all the details.
You can choose which side of town to begin your tour. One parking and pick-up location is at the Roseville Area High School at Lexington and Hwy 36. The other will be at the park and ride location at the Mall of America.
The stores are divided into North and South routes. You can only go on one route per day. Book two trips if you want to do all of the Twin Cities shops. The cost for each tour is $20, paid in advance. Lunch is $8, reserved but paid on the day of the tour. Buses leave the parking areas at 8am sharp and will return at approximately 6pm to the starting location.
Here's a list of the stores for each route and the buses that will leave from them.
The NORTH ROUTE includes Bear Patch Quilting, White Bear Lake; Blue Bamboo, Plymouth; Charlotte's Web, Stillwater; Fat Quarter Quilts, Coon Rapids, Glad Creations, Minneapolis, Rosebud's Cottage, North St Paul. Buses that go to these stores are B,D,E,G,J.
The SOUTH ROUTE includes Eagle Creek, Shakopee; Fabric Town, Apple Valley; Heavenly Patchwork, Waconia; Quilt Cove, Eagan; Quilter's Haven, Rosemount; The Sampler, Chanhassen. Buses that go to these stores are A,C,F,H,I.
Here is the bus schedule.
Bus C and Bus E HAVE BEEN CANCELED!
Friday July 31: Bus A departs Roseville - south route ... Bus B departs MOA - north route
Saturday August 1: Bus C departs Roseville - south route ... Bus D departs Roseville - north route ... Bus E departs MOA - north route ... Bus F departs MOA - south route
Friday August 7: Bus G departs Roseville - north route ... Bus H departs MOA - south route
Saturday August 8: Bus I departs Roseville - south route ... Bus J departs MOA - north route
You can reserve a space on a bus by stopping in and registering. You can also call ahead to place your name on the list (until the routes start to fill up) and send a check, received within four business days, to hold your place. Don't send a check without calling first to be sure the space is available! Our phone number is 651.426.1885.
Payment is by check and cash only. No refunds but transferable.
When you register, you'll receive a receipt that will tell you the route and departure you've signed up for. It will be mailed to you if you send in a check.
For each person taking the tour, we need the name, phone number, email and if you want lunch or not.
While July sounds a million miles away, some of the routes are already filling up! If you enjoyed the tour last year ... or regret that you missed it ... don't wait. Call or come into the Cottage and we'll get you one of those coveted seats. The tour sold out in 2008.
The metro shops are giving pewter charms away with a $10 purchase. As part of the Minnesota shop hop, everyone will receive a 5" fabric charm of one of the shop hop fabric and a pattern for a 9" finished block.
Read all about it on the Quilt Minnesota web site.
Call the Cottage right away to reserve your seat on the bus. We know you'll have the best time!