When I wrote my previous blog post six weeks ago, I knew that shutting the shop's doors to public traffic for an indeterminate period of time would be difficult. I don't think I realized how deeply the shop's operations and operating philosophy would be tested by the pandemic and subsequent shutdown... or how much our shop's operating philosophy would inform changes to operations, and how strongly that would all resonate with customers and the fiber arts community.
Before anyone panics: the shop is okay. The Shop Kids, The Resident Engineer, and I are okay. We are still in Extreme Blanket Fort Mode, though we have gingerly moved back into offering porch and curbside pickup during slightly abbreviated business hours.
I realize, though, that we have a LOT of new people in our audience and a WHOLE LOT of interest in what we're doing to continue to build community, sling yarn/fiber, and serve our customers in new and innovative ways. So first and foremost - welcome to all newcomers! We are so glad you're here, and we hope that you'll join us around our (currently virtual) social table and settle into our (currently socially distanced) shop community a little better in the weeks and months to come. So here's a quick-start guide to how to find the Stilly River Yarns community in its current form:
So - welcome to the community, and we hope you'll be able to pop in and introduce yourself! If you need anything at all, drop me a line through any of the methods listed above; you can also simply call the shop at (360) 631-5801 or email us at Lindsey [at] stillyriveryarns [dot] com.
Thank you all again so much for your support and encouragement. It's going to be a long road ahead for all of us, and we're pleased to continue to be able to be here as your local (or long-distance local) yarn shop.
Lindsey Spoor is the owner of Stilly River Yarns in Stanwood, WA.