Retirement idea — fabric store in Burden

Carleta Bolack, left, discusses a quilt that Gaye Young is quilting on the long-arm quilting machine in the Textile Art Fabric Store (Tart) now open in Burden.

Burden now has a fabric store that caters to all quilters, fabric lovers, crafters, sewers and anyone else interested. 

TartFabrics, owned by Burden native Carleta (Hopper) Black, opened Jan 13 at 415 Main.

“The name, Textile Art Fabric Store is also known as tartfabrics, an acronym for ‘textile, art/retail therapy,’”  Bolack said. “In the spring, I hope to have a variety of classes including jewelry making, beginning sewing, tatting, pour painting, tie dye and others that are suggested and possible. I have a large room, which used to be a grocery store connected to the main store where there is plenty of room to spread out.”

Bolack’s “silent partner” is Gaye Young who does the hands-on quilting on a long arm quilting machine set up in the south building. Young also plans on helping with classes, including teaching tatting. Her first class was Feb. 20.

Bolack graduated from Central High School in Burden and became a U.S. postal employee in 1987.

“I served 13 years before I became a full-time employee,” she said. “I distributed mail on the Oxford-Geuda Springs route until I retired in 2018. Eighteen years of that was as a full-time carrier.”

As many discover, retiring and being at home all day tends to lose its appeal after they run out of things to do around the house. Bolack decided she would like to be more active and wondered to herself, “What kind of business would work on Main St. in Burden, Kansas”?

She loves to sew and after some thought, she said to herself, “I can do this!”

So she created Textile Art Fabric Store.

“Ordering fabrics is a lot different than I thought,” she said. “ I had to get orders in now for delivery in June or July. The companies only make what they have pre-ordered — when they run out you can’t get that design anymore. There are also a lot of forms and applications to fill out just to open up.”

Besides fabric, Bolack’s inventory includes most items needed by those who sew, quilt or do other projects. She has a couple of used sewing machines for sale as well as notions, batting, quilt backing fabric, patterns and more. She also has a corner where quilting books and a comfortable chair are available for browsing through patterns and colors. 

She also has her handmade jewelry for sale.

Registration sheets are set up in the main store for visitors to sign up for spring classes. Besides those mentioned, others are possible as the interest grows.

The store is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. The phone number is (620) 438-2172.  

“There are two restaurants in town now, and I hope people will come over to shop and eat,” Bolack said. “Turner’s on Main Street is open Thursday through Sunday and  the Kimchi Hut is on U.S. Highway 160 as you come into Burden and is open 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. We also have Joseph’s Storehouse which is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and is a fun place to shop.”

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