Business of the Month

7 North Main Street

Hutchinson, MN 55350

Bonny Hartung, owner of Quilt Haven on Main describes her journey to becoming a quilt shop owner. “I grew up on a farm near Hutchinson, and learned to sew at an early age in 4-H. Hutchinson always had a specialty fabric or quilt shop, and as a young wife and mother, I spent endless hours choosing fabric to make clothes for my family and quilts to decorate our home. Main Street Cotton Shop, owned by Jean Leper, occupied a part of Lynette Jensen’s Thimbleberries building and was the place where I wanted to be when I had spare time. I took classes, joined the Thimbleberries club, and met new friends. When I found out the store was closing in 2012, my husband, Don, and I had the opportunity to purchase the building and hire the former manager, Connie Lindmeyer. Together, we created Quilt Haven on Main and opened for business on November 26, 2012.”

Quilt Haven on Main’s mission is to operate a retail business that has financial success through selling fabrics and notions, creating an environment that provides fun and inspiration for all customers who visit our store, to have pride in ownership, involvement in their community and to provide a safe, positive, and happy work environment for their staff with overall honesty, integrity and pride in serving their customers.

Bonny explains Quilt Haven on Main’s goal, “We work very hard to choose the fabrics featured in our shop. Our goal is to have something for almost everyone, and that means stepping outside our comfort zone and taking a risk. The best compliment we can hear is, “Your shop had just what I was looking for!” We create special fun events for customers, and we inspire with classes and lectures by nationally known designers. One special feature I believe no other shop has is “Tuxedo Man” (a.k.a, my husband, Don). He is generally on hand to greet buses of quilters, give tours, and is the shop’s ambassador of good will.”

We asked Quilt Haven on Mail what would surprise people most about your business? Bonny exclaims, “Quilt of Valor and mission groups sew here for their causes. A home school class has met here for part of their curricular learning experience. In the summer, we provide instructors for 4-H project meeting with tables, chairs, rotary cutters, rulers, irons, and ironing boards free for anyone who wants to sew.”

What does Quilt Haven on Main enjoy most about their Chamber membership?

“We enjoy being part of a Chamber that works tirelessly to support the vitality of the Hutchinson community and downtown businesses.”