Monday, June 23, 2008

Enterprise Utah/ Cloves Merchantile

I moved from Northern Utah to Southern Utah about 2 years ago. We relocated to the wonderful town of St. George. I have joined the local quilt quild, along with two different friendship groups. I've met great ladies who freely share their knowledge of quilting in this area. When I first moved here, many spoke of making trips to Enterprise to shop for quilt fabric at an old Merchantile called "Cloves". I knew it was a trip I wanted to make at one point too, and I jumped at the opportunity when my friend Ricci invited me to join her for the day. The town of Enterprise is located 40 miles North of St. George. We left a very desert atmosphere, and enjoyed a beautiful scenic drive rising quite a bit in elevation. How refreshing to see tree covered mountains and small towns dotting the way. Enterprise is a small town, with a population around 1,500. Many of the people sharing a legacy of pioneer heritage.
Cloves General Store: I'm not sure how old this building is, but from it's apperance, it's been around for quite a while. Inside the store we found many decorations, and knick knacks. Our favorite find was the old fashioned candy bins. Of course we had to load up on "Chick-O-Sticks" and chocolate.

They had an entire room devoted to quilting fabric. They carried top brands like "Moda" and "Blank" at very good prices. We had a great time hunting through, looking for finds.
More fabric..

And more fabric..
And more fabric...Right as we got ready to check out, a kind woman at the counter mentioned everything was 20% off. The prices were already so good, we were quite happy to hear we were getting a better deal than we had anticipated. The reason for the sale... the quilt portion of the store is being moved in July to Santa Clara, a small town right next to St. George. We were glad we made the trip before things changed.
Right across the street from "Cloves" we noticed a beatiful park and this very old building. As we went up the walkway, we noticed a woman inside, working on a quilt. She is a volunteer for the DUP (Daughters of the Utah Pioneers). This building houses their museum, including many artifacts from the early settlers. We viewed some old quilts, along with other pioneer exhibits. What a great way to end our day, before heading back down the mountain to the red rocks of St. George.


Nanette Merrill said...

I was in Enterprise in March. Such a fun little community. And the general store really is so darling. I'm very sad to see them relocate their quilt fabric. I have a sister in Alamo Nevada and she goes into Enterprise to shop sometimes. She will be very disappointed to hear that, too. I went with my other sister that lives in Toquerville to Enterprise. Santa Clara is a sweet place too, though. Your trip there sounds like you had fun.

PURPOSES: said...

From The Owners of Cloves General Store: It was fun to read your blog about our store. Thought you might like to know our new store in Santa Clara is now open. It is called "THE CLOVER PATCH". The store has more area dedicated to displaying fabric and we have added hundreds of new bolts. Thanks for the complimentary words about our store in Enterprise. It is still open, but has only a few hundred bolts of fabric, with a larger selection of gifts and decor items. Santa Clara, UT store location is 2721 Santa Clara Drive. Its in the beautiful historical district of town. Hope to see you.

Jackie and Doug Clove