I am starting a new series on here called; Lancaster County Discoveries. I will be writing about some really cool cottage industries that I have found on my travels throughout the county. Most of the home businesses that I will report about on here are run by Amish families right in their homes. The address of each business will be on here as well. Please remember when visiting one of these home businesses, that it is their home, so please stay only in the areas that are clearly set up for their business.
Most people that live here, or visit here know how the Amish feel about their pictures being taken. Please be respectful to whoever you meet at one of these businesses, and refrain from taking any pictures, and also please do not ask any overly personal questions.
Everyone that I have encountered at these cottage industries have been very friendly, and welcoming to all of their visitors. They will be glad to answer any questions about the products that they make and sell, and will help you to choose the right item. They will also make recommendations of other places to visit, or good places to eat in the area.
The first Cottage Industry that I have discovered is called;
King’s Crafts and Quilts ran by Sadie King.
Sadie has had her business on the family farm for the past ten years. Her shop was a delight to visit, and was brimming with so many nice things. I had a hard time figuring out where to start looking!
When you first walk in, you are in what looks to have been a dining room at one time. The large display table is loaded with freshly made noodles, apple snitz, raw honey, canned jellies and vegetables, dried herbs, and fresh black walnuts.
Sadie’s 90 year old Dad picks the black walnuts from his tree, shells and bags them to be sold in the shop.
You then walk back into the other part of the shop which is in a large, very bright, sunlit enclosed porch. There your eyes will not know where to look first. The burst of colors from the quilts, pot holders, quillows, and other handmade items on display, is energizing.
Sadie has many quilts displayed on a rack, but also has some hanging, and a few folded neatly on a chair.
The clothespin bags made to look like a little dress are just adorable. There are also quilted lidded baskets that would be a great gift on it’s own, but I also imagined it filled with honey, pot holders, noodles, herbs, nuts, and snitz, to create a really unique gift for someone special.
There is something for everyone here. Quilted Pocketbooks, little quilted crayon and coloring book holders, that include the crayons and coloring books, dolls in embroided dresses, and my favorite item; quillows. At first look you may think these are just pillows, but at closer inspection you will notice that there is a pocket at the bottom. You pull the material out from the pocket and your pillow transforms into a lap quilt! These are so handy for chilly nights when you are relaxing with a book, or your favorite television show. You simply open up your pillow and have instant warmth!
Bologna and cheese is also available at Kings Crafts and Quilts. This shop was truly a delight to visit and Sadie was happy to give me a tour and talk about all of her different products.
Kings Crafts and Quilts is located at; 3221 W. Newport Road, in Ronks, PA.
Kings is open Monday-Saturday – 9:00am-5:00pm.
Next time we will visit the Garden Path Shop. A cottage industry that makes, and sells herbal soaps, lotions, palm wax candles and more!