517 North Main Street Trenton, Florida 32693

(352) 463-3842

1910 Wade Building - 1900 RR Depot - 1925 Ice House - 1925 Coca Cola Plant


The Suwannee Valley Shops are comprised of two buildings located adjacent to Trenton's turn of the century railroad depot. 




 We have enjoyed the last 16 years interacting with our returning customers, our seasonal customers from the chilly north and so many new customers who discover us every day. You provide the excitement and satisfaction that kept us coming back day after day for so many years. 

So many of you have come to depend on us and have told us repeatedly, “Please don’t close the Quilt Shoppe.” With that in mind, we have tried very hard to sell the Suwannee Valley Quilt Shoppe for the past several years. Earlier this year (2018), we entered into discussions with a buyer who wanted to relocate from the often frozen and snowy North to beautiful North Central Florida. Shortly after our discussions began, we signed a contract with the buyer and the closing was set to occur on January 16, 2019. Unfortunately, a few days before Christmas, the potential purchaser informed us they could not obtain sufficient financing to complete the purchase.

So, it is with a heavy heart that I am announcing that our inventory liquidation sale will begin in January and continue through Trenton’s Annual Quilt Festival to Saturday, March 30th. Our Inventory Liquidation Discounts will apply to all items for sale in the Quilt Shoppe, except consignment items and our normal food service in the Suwannee Rose Café.

The Suwannee Rose Café will continue serving its delicious homemade desserts, sandwiches, soups, quiches and pot pies until the doors close for the final time on Saturday, March 30, 2019. 

While I am looking forward to spending more time with my husband traveling and exploring this beautiful country we are privileged to live in, please know that we will miss you dearly.

Stop by and say “Hi”. 


To everyone who has visited the Suwannee Valley Quilt Shoppe since our announcement that we were closing, whether it was to give me a hug, to express your sadness with our closing, and even those of you who have chastised me for doing so, you have made the past sixteen years very worthwhile!!!

I send you my heartfelt Thank You! 


The Suwannee Valley Quilt Shoppe


The Quilt Shop Offers thousands of bolts of fabric, plus notions, books & Friendly Expert Service. Click below for more info. Open Monday thru Sat from 10:00 to 4:00


Ragena's Suwannee Rose Cafe' & Happy Days Old Time Soda Fountain are fantastic. Click below for more info. 

Newly Relocated to the Suwannee Valley Quilt Shoppe


Karen's Long-Arm Machine Quilting offers thousands of quilting patterns. Click below for more info.

The Suwannee Valley Quilt Shoppe

This is where the excitement begins. Spend an hour or visit for the entire day. Open Monday thru Saturday from 10:00 to 4:00


Welcome to the Suwannee Valley Quilt Shoppe located in historic downtown Trenton, the heart of North Central Florida's Gilchrist County. The Quilt Shoppe is in a 1925 Coca Cola Bottling Plant, home to thousands bolts of fabric, an extensive selection of quilting supplies and a tin ceiling library where customers can relax by the fireplace in comfortable chairs while while viewing an extensive selection of Christmas fabric and choosing from dozens of quilt books. 

Our staff of friendly quilting experts looks forward to discussing your quilting projects and invites you to bring a past project or what you are currently working on to share.

The Suwannee Rose Cafe' located in the Quilt Shoppe

Welcome to the Suwannee Rose Cafe'


The Suwannee Rose Café serves gourmet coffee, home made pastries including our famous Bread Pudding 

and luncheon specialties including a variety of quiches, soups, salads, Monte Christo’s, Reuben’s, Wraps and hot Panini sandwiches.  

Our hearty homemade soups, chicken pot pies and shepherd's pies are great for cold winter days!

Our Pet Friendly Patio


Our Arbor covered patio is great for pet lovers who want to eat outdoors on those beautiful spring and fall days. The patio is in honor of our beloved Golden Retriever, Meghan, who greeted customers for over ten years from the time the Quilt Shoppe opened in 2003 until her passing, May 29th of 2013.

The Suwannee Rose Cafe' Staff at our 2017 Christmas Party


Mikeah & Tracy, 

Deer Ragena (Cafe' Manager & Baker), and 

Sisters, Autum & Summer

The Happy Days Old Time Soda Fountain in the Quilt Shoppe

Stephanie Metts (Owner of Suwannee Valley Quilt Shoppe) & Larry Diaz (Owner of Best Drugs) with former "Soda Jerks" Theresa Gentry & Jessica Schofield behind the counter


The Happy Days Old Time Soda Fountain is a vintage soda fountain and ice cream parlor. To preserve this precious part of Trenton's history, the Suwannee Valley Quilt Shoppe (Stephanie) and Best Drugs (Larry)  worked together to arrange a sale of the soda fountain and marble counter while Walgreens was in the process of negotiating to purchase Best Drugs. The marble counters, were manufactured by Robert M. Green and Sons in the 1920s. The Soda Fountain, is a Bastian-Blessing "All Dry Superior Bobtail" manufactured over 60 years ago in July of 1950. One of the interesting historical facts about the soda fountain counter is that it was made by Robert M. Green who is the man credited with inventing the ice cream soda in 1874. The counter still proudly displays Robert M. Green's original manufacturer's nameplate. 

Join us for lunch and top it off with an ice cream treat while spending the day shopping and getting help with your fabric selection or current project from our friendly staff of quilting experts.

Karen Alberts

Karen Alberts (a retired ship captain and abalone diver) brings a wide variety of sewing skills, quilting skills and machine quilting experience that will ensure outstanding consultation and service for her customers. Karen offers a choice of over two thousand edge to edge patterns. Call her on her mobile phone at (850) 672-0433 or if she is not available try the Quilt Shoppe phone at (352) 463-3842 and arrange to stop by the Quilt Shoppe to discuss your project. 

Sally Criswell - International Cross Stitch Expert

 Suwannee Valley Cross Stitch founder, Sally Criswell, is the full time owner-manager of Suwannee Valley Cross Stitch. Sally initially established the cross stitch business when she opened a satellite store in 2003 at the Suwannee Valley Quilt Shoppe. In June of 2004 Sally sold her primary retail outlet in Gainesville, Florida and committed her full time effort to Suwannee Valley Cross Stitch.

Sally is a nationally recognized cross stitch leader and is the former owner of Cross Stitch and More in Gainesville. Her previous shop was one of the 10 largest cross stitch shops in the nation with over 75,000 leaflets and hundreds of stitched models. Sally has studied needlework and lace making in Italy and has taught at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. She has also taught classes to shop owners at needlework markets throughout the country and currently offers several weekend camps for stitchers, even cruises! Sally has an online email newsletter which goes out periodically announcing new classes and planned events. She has many monthly clubs, which she mails to stitchers around the world. Sally appraises needlework for major insurance companies as well as offering classes in Pulled Thread, Hardanger, and Blackwork as well as Counted Cross Stitch. Sally has served on the National Board of The International Retailers Guild and placed 1st in the nation for "Creative Framing". She is the mother of 8 children and grandmother to many more. Visit Sally to say "Hello" and sign up for her email newsletter. 

X-Stitch Classes at the Florida Quilt Museum and Quilt Shop

  1. Stitch-In's Every Wednesday at The Florida Quilt Museum $3.00 Donation Per Participant to The Museum
  2. EGA meets the 2nd Saturday of each month at The Florida Quilt Museum
  3. Crabapple Hill meets the 3rd Saturday of each month at The Quilt Museum

We'll also be having our Crab-apple Hill Stitching at the same time, so join us and finish up this project or start another one. Lunch from 12:30 to 1:30 at the Suwannee Rose Cafe. Hope you can join Sally & Friends at the Quilt Museum from 10:00 till around 3:00PM...Visiting and stitching is always welcome...$3.00 donation to Museum...Hope to see you there.

Find Out More by emailing Sally at: sallyxstitch@mindspring.com

The Crystal Ice House Has Been Sold Effective April 6th


The Crystal Ice House is a 1925 structure located adjacent to the Suwannee Valley Quilt Shoppe and once furnished ice for the Coca Cola Bottling operations. Renovations were completed on this wonderful old building March 1, 2010. 

It was previously home to Karen’s Long Arm Machine Quilting and Sally’s Suwannee Valley Cross Stitch,  plus a good selection of Antiques and Collectibles. 

Karen has relocated to a cozy room  in the Quilt Shoppe  closer to all of the action. See her new set up below.

Sally's Suwannee Valley Cross Stitch will hold her free Sit and Stitch events on Wednesdays at The Florida Quilt Museum as well as her Specialty Classes in the new Quilt Shoppe Classroom or the Florida Quilt Museum depending on subject matter and class size.

The Embroidery Guild of America (EGA) meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month at The Florida Quilt Museum.

The Florida Quilt Trail


The Florida Quilt Trail with Twenty Cities & Over 100 Blocks Starts Right Here in Trenton at the Suwannee Valley Quilt Shoppe