The Morton Street Project is about the projects of my life: crafting, sewing, cooking, my dogs, my town. It is my project journal to share with all of you. I hope you come along for the ride and I hope you are inspired along the way.
Here is a little history lesson about what has brought me to this point in my life. Long, long ago when I was first married, I started working at Yoder’s Department Store in Shipshewana, IN in the fabric department. Over the next 20 years, I worked off and on while my children were growing, sometimes part-time and sometimes full-time. I eventually worked my way up to Notions Buyer. I already knew how to sew, embroider, and cross stitch. During the time I was at Yoder’s, I learned all about the world of quilting.
Feeling the need for a change of pace, I moved on to manage a store for The South Bend Chocolate Company and learned all about the world of chocolate and the art of being a Barista. They make some GOOD chocolate. On the other hand, this is not a good job for the waistline! One and a half years later I was feeling the urge to once again try my hand at something new.
The next stop on my journey was to open a store by the name of Lynn Marie’s on historic Morton Street in downtown Shipshewana. It was a small store that specialized in highlighting the artwork of area artisans along with my own. By that time, I had taught myself the art of soapmaking so I was selling my own line of soaps, lotions, and lip balm. I only had the store for a year and then decided to accept the offer to manage a new store.
The next chapter takes us to Along The Pumpkinvine. A gift shop where I learned a whole new line of merchandising and how to buy for a gift store. We had a large line of items ranging from collectibles, to jewelry, to food mixes, to sports related merchandise. After 2 years I moved on to staying home and working for my husband several mornings a week. As you know by now, that would not last for long which brings us almost up to date….ALMOST!
Four years ago I got the wild notion to buy the corner coffee shop. Morton Street Coffee was born. It was the hardest work I have ever done for the least amount of money I have ever made. I made some awesome friends, learned an enormous amount about the Food Industry and then became disenchanted with the whole thing. I am now back at home, ready to start the next project of my adventurous life which is to combine all these experiences into the next phase. I want to tell you about the fantastic small, amish, tourist town I call home. I want to rediscover my creative side, the one that feeds my soul and feed you by bringing along some of the wonderful recipes I have discovered along the way.
Thanks so much for joining me,