Welcome to Labor of Love Yarn and Fiber Arts! Store Closing
It is with bittersweet emotions that I send you this newsletter. Labor of Love Yarn is closing its Romeo location after 11 years serving the knitting community. I hear the gasps through the internet! It has been a wonderful journey from our exciting beginning to this amazing change. I don't want you to fret though, we aren't going away, just re-imagining ourselves. I encourage you to please read on to hear the story.
So, about 8 months ago, I went to a fiber fair and had a ball. The upside was all of the people we met, conversed with and taught to knit! The downside was it was a lot of work and really hard on the yarn, not to mention impending weather disasters, dust and debris, and so on. That very day I met some wonderful ladies who owned a wonderful little restaurant called the Rustic Bluebird. They were admiring our amazing house and half joked about buying it. Christmas came and they asked again if I was ready to sell because they were serious! I started thinking about it and realized a few things: Retail and the yarn business is in trouble. I saw the writing on the wall. I didn't want to just jump ship but all of the yarn shops I knew, were suffering, changing hands, and generally scrambling to make up for sales lost to internet buying. Yes, people the internet is killing your local yarn shop!!!! Eleven years ago, there were over 6000+ yarn shops across the US. Now there are under 2000! I don't want to sell online. It's not my thing. I get a lot of joy mingling with real live people so no internet sales for me. I'm always reinventing myself, why not yarn sales? Why not take it to the people? We need to reach a younger audience so knitting doesn't become a lost art. I've always taught something, sewing, cooking, childbirth, midwifery, English as a second language. Why not use all of that experience to promote and teach knitting on the road? I can not only create new knitters, I can promote the local yarn shops by sending the new knitters to them. I can sell my house to another woman (lots of women owners of our lovely green Victorian), and help her realize her dream of a beautiful restaurant in a beautiful house. I get to have more time with my handsome husband, beautiful grandchildren, and aging mother. You guys get lots of fun Michigan based yarns, US based yarns, and fun stuff brought right to your neighborhood!
With all of that said, I made a deal with Deana, the Rustic Bluebird lady and I had a 20' trailer custom made and turned it into a rolling yarn shop. I've booked exciting yarn gigs all over the place this summer and fall. I will be posting a calendar on our Facebook page Labor of Love Yarn, and this web page.
In the last few years you have heard me ask, cajole, and beg you to support your local small businesses. Now I am screaming at you to do your part to turn this discouraging trend around. We will no longer have local businesses if you don't. Pick a couple of stores and make a deal with yourself to spend $10, 20, 50 even $100 a month in them. You will be surprised how things change if we all pull together.
Our hours have also changed to better accommodate you, so please check out the LOCATION page for our new Hours.