By Kevin Williams
The Amish cover wide spectrum, from the most conservative Swartzentruber Amish to the Beachy Amish Mennonites. Some of the most progressive Old Order Amish can be found, in my experience, in the Shipshewana area of Indiana and around Leola and New Holland, PA. This isn't to say that they are out of step with the rest of the church in these places. Even the most progressive Old Order Amish are pretty conservative. But some Amish in these areas are much more lenient when it comes to acceptance of photos and adopting technology for their businesses.
Riehl's Quilts,247 East Eby Road, Leola, PA 17540, is run by Susie and Sam Riehl, who are Old Order Amish, as are all of their employees (some of whom, naturally, are their older children).
The Riehls opened the quilt shop in 1993 because they needed money to augment what their dairy business was bringing in at the time, and they saw lots of tourist buses going past their farm lane on their way to nearby quilt shops. Since Susie's mother was already making and selling her own quilts, they decided to start selling hers and other locally made Amish quilts out of their living room, which quickly spread to more rooms, and quickly got to the point where they were either going to have to move to a larger house or build a separate shop. They did the latter.
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