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A Visit to The Back Door posted: 8/25/2004
by Lynda Hall Printable Page
Category: Reviews Method: All Series: On the Road
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The Back Door had its beginnings 31 years ago by Linda Hale. She had small children and started the shop in her home. She would tell her friends and neighbors not to knock or ring the doorbell - just come to the back door. When she moved into a storefront a few months later, the name stuck.

When her daughter was born, Teri learned to smock and made baby bonnets to sell. She came to The Back Door to see if she could place them on consignment, and they asked her to teach smocking. Her involvement with the shop continued to grow until she joined Linda as a partner almost 10 years ago.

The Back Door has continuously outgrown its space and last year they added an education annex in the building across the parking lot. There, two long arm quilting machines, a framing department, classroom and general work areas are housed. Linda and Teri spend most of their time there making samples, and their very capable staff caters to customers in the main shop.

The Back Door has become a family affair. Linda's daughters in law, Mina, and Teri’s daughter, Liz, work in the shop and cut kits, and Mina's son, Jimmy, and Liz's daughter, Monica, are frequent visitors.

Between the two spaces, there is 5500 square feet of quilters’ paradise. New fabric arrives daily, and the samples cover every spare surface, including some of the ceilings! The Back Door specializes in homespuns and reproductions prints, but batiks are also very popular with their customers.

I met Linda and Teri at my very first quilt market in Houston 2002. They purchased my patterns and the very next spring took many of my quilts to the Chicago Festival. They have done that a couple of times actually! They have had several trunk shows in their shop and have also taken my quilts to Paducah. They have become friends and I owe them a debt of gratitude. I hope you enjoy your visit with Linda and Teri at The Back Door!

You can always visit the girls at their shop located at The Back Door
2503 Fairview Place, Suite W
Greenwood, IN 46142
317 882-2120

This is one of many display areas - Have Purse Will Travel

There are wearables as well. This is a wonderful display of jackets that are in the shop

The batiks are behind the main cutting table, which is large enough for two people to cut across from each other. And there is a wonderful assortment of books to enjoy.

They have a VERY heavy ladder hanging from the ceiling right as you come in the shop. They have quilts hanging from the ladder, and a big round table with displays underneath. The table has a skirt that hides extra kits! Oh dear.....was I suppose to tell that?

They found an old oak cabinet at an antique mall. It's a great display case with white interior and wire mesh sides on which they can hang patterns. They even have a quilt hanger on the back and change the small quilts hanging on it.

And, this might look familiar! A Primitive Pieces by Lynda trunk show surrounding a glass cabinet that sits in the center of the shop. In the cabinet is jewelry the girls sell there.

Not only have they had my trunk shows in their shop; they've taken them to various shows around the area - Chicago Festival and Paducah to name two. Last fall, they had several of my quilts in their booth at festival in Houston.

Linda and Teri have been very good to me and I would like to say a very special thank you to two very nice people! And, to also thank them for letting all of us visit with them at "The Back Door, Inc."
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