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Main Street USA: Welcome to Hamilton, MO by OPEN Forum

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For more info, please visit: http://www.openforum.com/yourbusinesstv Each week MSNBC's Your Business features experts to share their secrets for improving your business. This week, Main Street in Hamilton Missouri, like many small towns in America has been struggling to survive with storefronts empty and crumbling. In this edition of Main Street USA, we'll see how the Missouri Star Quilt Company grew, and how the Doan family who started the business in 2008 saw an opportunity to improve their Main Street. Their growing business has been bringing quilting enthusiasts to town to shop, sew, meet up and grab a bite.
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Rose Originals (8 months ago)
If you quilt, you know Jenny! I'm making my pilgrimage for the 1st time in April. Can't wait!
Julie Chateau (2 years ago)
Hi Jenny it is so nice to watch your Tutorial I just started watching quilting , you make everything seems so easy ,and fun I can't wait to get started ,you are just a beautiful' Lady"' with so much love and care .I can watch your tutorials all day you are a star God. Blessings
Gail Thomas (2 years ago)
I've actually finished one of Jenny's designs. I kept having that feeling she was standing over me and saying, get it done.
Dorothy Miner (2 years ago)
We are from Upstate NY and my husband and I just love Jenny and all of her ideas. 3 years ago, he lost his job... so I got him into making quilts.. he found Jenny and his first was the Tumbling Triangles... he is wonderful at making quilts... we both have sewing machines side by side and we both go at it everyday.. I even had to have a special quilt sale to make room for more that we are working on... Here's to you Jenny and MQC... love you all
Happybidr (2 years ago)
I LOVE LOVE LOVE how towns like Hamilton, MO, and Waco, TX and beginning to be huge boons for their local communities and their regions. I think each family (the Doans and the HGTV "Fixer Upper" Gaines) have wonderful, American entrepreneurial values that as businesses focused on the home (in making quilts and renovating homes) it just makes sense that they would help bring along others in their communities. I learned to quilt watching Jenny Doan who is such a natural in front of a camera. I never knew her story but now it makes complete sense. They have a great website, too. Best wishes to the Missouri Star Quilt Co., and all who work there.
Holly Archer (2 years ago)
just came back from Hamilton. Great place to visit. Love MSQC. Even got to meet Jenny.
Sandra Hollingsworth (3 years ago)
Jenny if you lived in the UK you would have been given a M B E for what you have achieved !! and well deserved.
Chrissie 1950 (1 year ago)
Sandra Hollingsworth I live in the uk and love watching Jenny's videos ,I am learning a lot and I love her attitude ,I would love to go to Hamilton to meet her
Sandra Hedges (3 years ago)
Love the tutorials, hope to be in MO sometime soon. Can't wait to see the stores and fabrics, maybe even get a glance at Jenny. lol Keep up the great work.
Brenda Budd (3 years ago)
What a wonderful story I love Jenny and her videos. Thank you .
Deb Haack (3 years ago)
Can't wait to come to  Hamiton, Mo. I love the fabrics I get and can't wait to see it all.
Benjamin Graham (4 years ago)
is there a hotel? how do you make a trip there?
Chelsea Sloan (4 years ago)
@Benjamin Graham There is a hotel! It's about an hour drive from the Springfield airport.
debco12 (5 years ago)
Jenny and the entire Doan family are simply beautiful people.  I probably wouldn't be quilting today if it weren't for Jenny.  Here's wishing the Doan family and the town of Hamilton much success and prosperity.
Ophianne (5 years ago)
I live in this little town. :) I'm actually personal friends with Poppy! She's a great woman and a great baker!!
Jo Stovall (5 years ago)
Wonderful tutorial on Main Street USA: Welcome to Hamilton, MO by OPEN Forum and for Missouri Star Quilt Company. Thank you for sharing!
kustud18 (5 years ago)
I was born and grew up most of my childhood here and for a town that was just known for jc penney and football it's changed quite a bit
Sandy Sarasin (5 years ago)
Awesome, I just wished I lived closer.  I love it.
Charlotte Landry (2 years ago)
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Renee Logan (5 years ago)
through happy tears of pride for the Doan family, i say thank you..  thank you Jennie for teaching me to quilt.. and my daughters..such a wonderful example of the American Dream..and how the world should be...
Catherine Carmichael (5 years ago)
So wonderful!! The Doan family should be so proud!
Rita McCart (5 years ago)
Wish thee were more people like her that love their small town and really want to see it grow and thrive! :D
Sonia Edward (5 years ago)
Yo quiero ir !!
Sherri Burrier (5 years ago)
How awesome is this?  The Doan family has changed a small Missouri town and brought success, employment and revived an art that should never die!  They are sweet, sweet people. Having met them in person, they give of themselves and I only wish I could be more of a part of their dream.  
Patti Mishler (5 years ago)
Thank you for sharing!
Jo Hessig (9 months ago)
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