Letter from our Fall Newsletter
Dearest Weaving Works Patrons
As we get more settled in our new space, our Fall newsletter seems like a great place to reflect on the changes this store has been through and share where it is heading. The Weaving Works has witnessed many internal and external changes over the past 4 decades. The country, city and neighborhood have changed and developed to a huge extent. Our first customers are now part of our “generations of community”. The role and concept of the ‘local yarn shop’ is speedily evolving as global commerce and information are now instantaneously accessible via modern technologies.
Being a local yarn shop is not a simple endeavor in the digital age. We compete with logistically superior warehouses and numerous indie producers that sell directly to consumers. These newer supply chain modes are here to stay, and we’ve had to assess what it means to be a brick and mortar yarn shop. What we enjoy most about what we do is sharing all the wonderful colors, textures and techniques the fiber arts world gives us with you, our customers. While we continue to expand our on-line presence, we are happiest serving you in person.
The idea of moving was made particularly daunting by having been located on the same street since our founding in 1974. We are grateful to have found such a gem of a location less than a mile away. We thank you for your patience and hope you find our new arrangements as amenable as we do. The new space is bright, functional and in a welcoming neighborhood that we hope to be part of for many more decades. As we establish ourselves in our new location, we are enthusiastic about our opportunities for growth, development and being able to continue to contribute to the fiber arts community. It has been so nice seeing familiar faces and new ones! Thanks for your continued support and understanding through all of the changes.
As many of you have shared the same inquiries, we thought it would be good to respond to some frequently asked questions:
Why did you move? Well, firstly, the building was torn down! Our previous location was more valuable as an apartment complex than as a single retail business with a parking lot. The Roosevelt commercial neighborhood is vibrant and developing, with Whole Foods and Dania being local landmarks. We are just a block north of that complex and on the east side of the street.
Do you have parking? Gone are the days of the dedicated free parking lot. Locations within our budget that were connected to parking lots existed mainly in industrial areas, further east or west in town, or in other municipalities. We chose to stay closer to our roots and the I-5 corridor. There are many parking options, both free and paid. Street parking along Roosevelt and 65th street is $1/hour. Side streets are mainly 2 hour and free. There is an always free Park and Ride lot on 65th under I-5, a few blocks west of us. Roosevelt High School has a parking lot accessible via 11th (the one-way northbound street one block east of Roosevelt Way) that is free to the public except on weekdays between 6am and 3pm. Although there is no parking on our side of 66th street, it is an easy area to pull over temporarily to drop off/pick up equipment. We are currently working with the neighborhood and city to develop more options for parking.
Is your new space smaller? Yes, and more efficient! The retail area is the same size, in an easier layout. We did lose storage and dedicated classroom space. Clearing out over 3 decades worth of “memories” from storerooms, hallways, dye dungeon, furnace room, multiple closets and office was like sorting an old family home and garage!
Where are the looms? We still have looms! There are at least 15 four (and more) harness looms tucked away here. Classes will continue on a variety of looms as needed. In our assessment of our space usage, we did say farewell to some beloved looms. We will be focusing on keeping the more popular and available models on the floor.
Where are the classrooms? We created a flexible space for classroom at the back of the store that can expand when necessary, as well as plans for the front of the store to be able to house smaller class groups and weaving project classes.
Why did you change your store hours? Mostly to accommodate class scheduling. We can offer more classes outside of store hours this way, as well as longer workshops. As we better understand how our new arrangements are working, hours may expand, but they currently are as follows: