Thirteen and a half years ago, The Yarn Haven opened its doors to knitters and crocheters in the Knoxville area. The past 2 years have been hard. Last year we took a hard hit when our shop was flooded. After several months of being closed while the shop was repaired, we opened the shop back up and immediately began looking for another location. Last September we moved to a location in the Farragut community. We began rebuilding the shop, but then in March the Coronavirus caused us once again to have to close our shop for several months. Although many of you have helped us tremendously to make it through this difficult time, the uncertainty of the future has caused us to pause and rethink what we should do. We have concluded that we have come to the end of our time as a brick and mortar yarn shop and have closed our doors in Farragut.
We are ready to move on to the next phases of our lives. Debi moved to Clarksville, TN at the end of July to be near her son and his family. Leigh continues her job as an MRI tech and will have her Saturdays free to spend more time with her hubby and her family. And I am looking forward to a new beginning.
This has not been an easy decision. But some things in our lives are just meant to be there for a season. I know many of you will be disappointed that you won’t be able to come to The Yarn Haven to touch and feel all of the wonderful fibers. BUT...
I am still going to continue to own and operate The Yarn Haven…but I’m going to transition the shop to an online shop. This new adventure for me comes with a sense of sadness for the fond memories of the past, but with a sense of hope for the future.
The Yarn Haven will still be your Local Yarn Shop. There will just be some changes. Our yarns and accessories will be sold mainly online. I'm already working on setting up a actual store on our website. You will be able to order 24/7 and have your order mailed to you or picked up at a designated location. And I will still offer classes so you can learn new skills and give personal help sessions once it becomes safer to do so. I will still be sending out weekly emails to inspire you and showcase projects that you can make with our yarns. And there will still be community gatherings like Sit 'n Stitches, New Yarn Reveals, and maybe even an occasional yarn retreat. Have a knitting group that meets regularly? Invite us to come and bring a mini-shop of yarn for your group. I'm open to suggestions of how I can meet your yarn needs.
Local yarn shops as well as many small businesses have had to transition the way they operate. Many are moving to incorporate online sales to accommodate our changing economy. The Yarn Haven is having to transition as well.
It will take a couple of weeks as we prepare for our new adventure of running a "Local Yarn Shop Online".
Even though this happened in mid-June, this blog post was posted to update those who weren't aware of our transition to an online shop.