By Amber Schumacher
People come from all over the state to shop at Edgemont’s local quilter’s paradise, Nuts and Bolts. With over 150 panels available and over 6,000 different bolts of fabric, the store’s wide selection draws people from miles around and all the way across the globe.
Nuts and Bolts opened shop in the fall of 2005 where it was located inside the old bank building. In 2008 owners Jerry and Earleene Kellogg moved their store to its current home where they also offer quilting classes every week. Jerry has added to the appeal of Nuts and Bolts with his in-house sewing machine repair shop working on machines from all eras, of all shapes and sizes. Jerry has been offering sewing machine repair since the businesses debut in 2005. Some weeks are busier than others with up to 10 different repair jobs, while some weeks can yield zero sewing machine repairs.
In addition to bolts of fabric, quilting panels and repair work, Nuts and Bolts boasts many books, patterns, quilting notions, sewing kits, threads, machines, a wall full of Watkins products and a rotating clearance section among many other items available for sale.
The quality and selection of products has been the draw to local and worldwide customers. Many local shoppers come from Edgemont, Hot Springs, Custer, Hermosa, Rapid City, Wyoming and Nebraska with several shoppers from various other small towns in South Dakota as well. Perhaps some of the biggest business comes from the stores online revenue. Earleene recalls some of her most memorable destinations for the beloved products in her shop. Some of the most frequent online orders are shipped to New Zealand, England, Germany, France and many other European countries. When the Kellogg’s returned from their Christmas vacation, they were greeted with a very long list of online orders, many of which were sent to the countries just listed.
Recalling some of the most surprising orders, Earleene mentions she was most surprised by a few orders from Africa. Although they no longer receive orders from Africa, India, Iran, Iraq and Mexico primarily because the rate at which a package will actually arrive to its correct owner has dwindled in the past years due to package theft and rebellions in those countries.
Nuts and Bolts offers open sewing days two times a week on Tuesdays and Fridays, with no set timeframe which allows for flexibility for those who wish to take part. They also offer classes at least once a month with a new beginners quilting class starting in March and the potential to add more classes in the months to come.
Stop down to Nuts and Bolts Tuesday through Friday anytime between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and check out the wide selection that has people across the globe submitting orders left and right.