Savage turns sewing interest into business success

Christi Savage is seen at Town Square Quilt Shoppe in Lake City. Savage opened the store in 2001. GRAPHIC-ADVOCATE PHOTO/ERIN SOMMERS

In the late 1980s, Christi Savage was sewing clothes for work, making food to take to work, riding a shuttle one hour each way into work in Minneapolis.

“I was doing everything for work,” Savage said.

So she tried piecing quilts. “It was something to do,” she said.

Her first finished product was a miniature log cabin pattern quilt.

More than a decade later, Savage started thinking about what really mattered in life, and where she would rather live.

“I decided I wanted to move back and I basically created a job for myself,” the Lake City native said. “It’s a business. I opened the business because I needed a job.”

She bought her building, which once housed Beanie’s, a mercantile known for its penny candy counter, in 2001 and gutted it. After she opened the store, she brought Beanie Chapman’s sons through the building, a little concerned they would be disappointed that the store wasn’t being used for the kind of retail their father had run for so many years. They weren’t disappointed, she said.

Read the full story in the February 28 edition.