“What are we doing today, Nana?” asks 8 year old Luke as he follows his grandmother Annette Nauman around The Quilt Shop at Miller’s Smorgasbord in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Video camera in hand he introduces us to the Quilt Shop through his eyes. A red quilt priced at $2865, a black and white print fat quarter, and the shop’s row “Fish Bowl Fanatic” are just a few of the delights that strike his fancy.
When asked about her grandson Luke, Annette shared:
“He’s been “working” in my shop from the age of two. He started out “greeting guests” and moved on to “selling” by the time he was four. He now, at eight years old, can “run the register,” help folks pick out the “best quilt” and entertain them with stories of the vendors and what the local quilts are all about. As you can see by the video, he does a great job. He cleans and “straightens up” for me because he knows guests like a clean shop. He told me he gets “paid” by just being here with me and keeping busy. Although he gets treated to lunch at Miller’s Smorgasbord every once in a while. He is now an “official quilter.”
Annette shared this about her shop and the family business:
“The shop began with my dad, who owns Miller’s Smorgasbord. He approached my sister and I to start a quilt shop in an empty building here on the property to honor my grandmother who’s quilts are hanging in the restaurant. I was working at a local school for nine years and had no idea what I was in for. That was June of 1998 and although my sister has moved on to other ventures, I am still here running a shop full of beautiful–hand quilted only–quilts.”
There’s a lot more to the story of the Quilt Shop at Miller’s Smorgasbord. It all started in 1929, when Anna Miller, that quilt maker grandmother, began serving chicken and waffles to truckers while her husband fixed their rigs. Today the Smorgasbord is a world famous destination for folks visiting Pennsylvania’s Amish country.
On the Pennsylvania Row by Row trail it’s a particularly special stop. It’s the only place in all of the Row by Row Experience shops in the whole country that you can get a free row pattern, buy a kit, a FabricPlate™ and ship a Shoofly Pie back home to your family too.
Posted by Annette Nauman on Friday, August 21, 2015. Permission granted to Row by Row Studio.