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2024 Winner Highlight: The Old Country Store

The Old Country Store in Intercourse is the Regional Winner for Pennsylvania!

Read on to learn more about this deservedly multi-award-winning store in the heart of Amish Country.

Please tell us your store’s story.

Since 1881, our historic building has served the Intercourse community as a “general store.”

In 1978 it became The Old Country Store, specializing in handmade Amish and Mennonite quilts and crafts. Fabric, sewing notions, and quilting supplies were soon added, and the rest is history!

In May, owners Jan and Dean Mast will celebrate 10 years of ownership. They are quick to credit their entire team for the collective success of the Store.

Dean and Jan Mast
The Old Country Store, ca 1950

— 2024 Contest Customer Comment —

“Feels like an old general store when you go in and from the moment you walk in, there are beautiful displays of quilts in the windows that give you inspiration! Everything is displayed beautifully, and there is a wonderful selection of everything quilting from patterns to the latest fabric lines. Also, a wonderful selection of gifts, items from local crafters, and quilts to purchase if you don’t sew. There is so much for everyone! Love it there!”


For those who have not seen the store, please describe it.

Located in the heart of Amish country, we cater to both our local conservative neighbors as well as out-of-town visitors. Intercourse is situated in an easy drive from Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Baltimore, and Washington DC.

Noted by TripAdvisor as the #1 Shopping Destination in Lancaster County, we are known for handmade crafts, kitchen gadgets, heirloom quilts, and all-things-quilting.

Our Online fabric department serves the needs of quilting customers nationwide. We ship orders THE SAME day, if placed by 1pm EST.

There are over 60 classes currently offered on our website. We run three long-arm quilting machines five days a week.

Our quilting retreat, The Loft, will open later this spring.

— 2024 Contest Customer Comment —

“Friendly people and stunning array of quilts for sale to admire and take inspiration from.”


Dean, Kary, Cindy, Cynthia, Jonel
Barbara and Jonel
Barb and Jan
Lavina and Madeline
Sarah, Alyson, Donna

— 2024 Contest Customer Comment —

“Love to shop this store, both in person when I’m in the Lancaster area, and online. The store clerks are so helpful in matching fabrics, and finding just what I need!”


Please tell us about your staff.

Behind every great quilt shop is an outstanding team of staff! Ours is A+! We enjoy working together to source, display, sell to our customers while giving exceptional customer service. We care about your personal lives and value each individual for their tastes and abilities.

Huge shout-out to our Manager, Barb, for her 10 years of excellent leadership.

Ann and Barb
Jonel and Sally
Tammy and Fannie

— 2024 Contest Customer Comment —

“The staff is helpful and eager to provide assistance when needed. The store offers a variety of
classes with outstanding instructors.”


Cindy and Tammy
Donna and Donna

— 2024 Contest Customer Comment —

“The Old Country Store is beautiful inside and out. They offer handmade sewing notions as well as fabric. It’s fun to walk through and the staff are very nice and super helpful.”


Please tell us about any upcoming special events at your store.

We have special 10th Anniversary plans in the works for August 8-10. Save the date!

In the months of July and August, we are participating in the Mid-Atlantic Shop Hop.

Plan your next visit around a class. Guest instructor Sue Pritt will be with us for a long weekend in June.

Pillowcase dress donation
Pillowcase dress recipients in Sierra Leone

Local attractions

Ours is a quaint town. We love visitors! Our Amish neighbors welcome you with their local produce stands, pristine farmland, and slower pace. The area is also known for history, quality crafts and furniture, good food, and an active arts scene. There’s LOTS to do and see!

Rachel’s Pretzels

Heritage Days volleyball game

In closing

When asked about the impact of the Local Quilt Shop Contest, Jan said, “They say, “Iron sharpens iron,” and we know that working hard to keep our edge and do our best benefits our customers, students, and the entire quilting community. We are thrilled and honored to be among the best shops nationally. It spurs us on to keep ahead of trends, source the best products, listen to our customers, and keep on going for another 10 years. Our win is a win for all of The Old Country Store community!”

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