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#NeedleStoresoftheWorld: Yarnia

Posted By TNNA Editor, Thursday, May 10, 2018

#NeedleStoresoftheWorld: Yarnia

 

By: TNNANews

 

We’ve been asking members to “share your stores” for a while now and we can now officially reveal why… introducing #NeedleStoresoftheWorld, a series in which we will celebrate and explore the businesses and storefronts that make TNNA so special. To submit your store to be featured (including a pic of your storefront!), fill out this Google form.

 

Meet Yarnia, owned by Valerie Binning in one of Texas’ oldest cities, Nacogdoches. Below, Valerie shares her store’s story.

 

Describe what Yarnia does best.

A fiber lovers’ heaven! At Yarnia, we sell craft supplies for crocheters and knitters, and are home to a vibrant fiber community that has seen amazing growth over the past two years.

 

What makes Yarnia unique?

Yarnia is a dream come true for me! I was downsized in May of 2016 and opened Yarnia on June 11 of the same year. I was determined to be open by the Texas Blueberry Festival so people would know Yarnia existed. The Blueberry Festival is an annual event that attracts approximately 20,000 people each year. The store was nearly bare, but I had a lot people in the shop and many of them have become loyal and frequent customers.

 

I chose Yarnia’s location due to it being on Main Street, which offered the opportunity to get more foot traffic than at a strip mall or similar location. It has been perfect and I can’t imagine being anywhere else. I get many out of town customers, many just passing through — they are always surprised to find a yarn shop on Main Street! I have wonderful business neighbors, a charismatic, energetic Main Street manager, and a bright future! Downtown Nacogdoches is a great place to be.

 

As a bonus, Saturdays are super busy! There are many folks who come to the shop to knit and create a warm, welcoming environment for any knitter who wants to join in. Many days there aren’t enough spaces for everyone… I may a bigger shop soon!

 

Share a fun fact about your store.

The building is very old and the bell on the door will ring for no reason, making everyone look up expecting a customer. It happens fairly often and we have decided there is probably a ghost… we affectionately call her Purl! 😊

 

Address

321 East Main Street

Nacogdoches, TX 75961

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