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NEW BUSINESS IN CEDAR KEY

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Salty Needle Quilt Shop more than stitching

Beth Davis may be retiring from the Levy County School Board in November to make way for “new blood” but she is not slowing down.

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On Saturday Davis greeted a stream of residents from the island and other cities in Florida as she celebrated the grand opening of her Salty Needle Quilt Shop. The store, which carries material, notions and books for quilting and other stitching arts, is located in the old Cook's Cafe at 434 Second Street. Because it sits next to the Cedar Key Welcome Center it also attracted visitors to the island for lemonade and cookies. 

Davis' shop is more than a place to buy supplies for quiltmaking. She has also arranged with A-1 Sewing Machine & Vacuum Center, Inc., to be the drop off point for sewing machines that need repair and adjustments. 

Because Davis is only using half of the building for her operation, the other half is being converted into a cafe. 

It will also be a great gathering place as the porch that once had Cook's outside dining is now a place to sit and rock or work on a project on a work table. More than a dozen seats line the table with more relaxed seating on the other side. 

 Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays. The shop's Facebook page is www.facebook.com/TheSaltyNeedleQuiltShop.