THE CITY QUILTER New York, NY
I was so excited to finally end my East Coast quest for fabric, not just any fabric - but the best 100% cotton quilt fabric, that when I finally turned the corner onto West 25th street and saw the shop sign I started walking as fast as New Yorkers do! Through the windows I could see thousands of bolts of fabrics, quilter's shopping, assistants cutting... and so with much vigor, a little too much, prepared to enter. Ok, so this is where things went a little wrong...instead of the door flowing open with my enthusiasm I was stopped short as my face almost met with glass and my momentum propelled me backward. Stunned! The door was locked! My first thought besides hoping no one saw that and to my embarrassment was the disappointment of them being closed. This couldn't be - I had the hours right! Walking back up to the door I tested it again, then pulled it toward me ... still no go. Then I noticed a little note taped to the bottom of what looked like a doorbell you find on a house? If I remember correctly the note said, "Press for entry". So of course I did and was buzzed in immediately. I didn't realize you can't just walk into any store in NYC and so from this experience I learned to look for those little buttons first and now I can shop NYC and not look like a newbie tourist anymore." So look for the buttons!"