The Hardest Post I’ve Ever Had To Write…
So you know when someone says they have been “wrestling” a decision? Now I know what that truly means and in the physical and literal sense I’ve made myself sick about it. I’ve been mulling over a decision about the shop for quite some time now and I am beat up, bruised, defeated, all out of fight, and feel like I’ve been pinned down for quite some time.
The Stitch Space Local Shop is closing.
The business itself will still exist but I’m pivoting towards growing the online portion of my business with pattern sales, The Yarn Year Round Club, and some other projects that have captured my passion. It is getting too hard to make ends meet with the overhead of the shop and I’m ready to move on.
This has been a wrestling match largely because of my feelings about you, the Stitch Space Community. I do not want to take away something that has become such a good thing for so many people, but I cannot continue at the expense of my livelihood. You have given me so much support throughout the last 3 and a half years, and I have nothing but thanks for all of it, as well as the friendships we have formed over this time.
Now that this chapter is closing, I will ask you for some help. Here is what you can do:
Do say a prayer or send good vibes my way if it’s your thing.
Don’t feel sorry for me. By many accounts, the store has been an amazing success, but at the end of the day it cannot support itself. I had an idea, I saw a need, we created something awesome, and now it is time to create the next awesome thing. The mission all along at Stitch Space has been creative empowerment and that will continue to drive my vision.
Do buy what you want from the store when you can afford it. We will be clearancing out the merchandise, but it will mean so much to me if you can shop early and before I have to mark it down so much that we are taking a loss. If there is something you’ve had your eye on, buying at regular price or first markdown will help immensely.
Don’t try to change my mind. The decision has been wrestled and it has been made over the better part of a year. It was not easy, just know that it took me so long because I didn’t want do it if it wasn’t the best path for me, and it is still difficult knowing how many it will impact.
Do wish me well on the next phase of my adventure.
Don’t ask or tell me what could have been done differently or better. There are SO MANY things. Owning a business is a huge undertaking and a huge responsibility and nothing I have ever done has ever been so exciting, difficult, exhilarating, rewarding, draining, or character building. There are so many things throughout the course of this time that I could now do better, but such is the nature of life. You do the best you can with the tools you have in front of you in the moment.
Do share if Stitch Space has had an impact on you or if you have a favorite Local Yarn Shop memory from here. You are welcome to share below in the comments or reply to the e-mail newsletter.
Do be grateful for your own strengths and the opportunity to use them in the world. I’m so thankful that I took the risk to open this shop, and that so many of you followed along. I have grown so much as a person, and discovered so much more about my own strengths and weaknesses than I ever could have any other way.
Don’t forget that I could not have done any of this without you and you have my deepest and most sincere gratitude for coming along with me on this journey.
Do support every local business you can. And let me define support…spend money there. It is not enough to just show up for a small business, you must also shop there. Vote with your dollars. Every small business is in it for much more than the money but at the end of the day it is the dollars and cents that keep the lights on. Yes, many local businesses must charge more than the big chains or Amazon, but they can also be a part of your life in a way those big businesses never can. There is a human being behind the business, or many, that benefit from your dollars spent local.
So, what will happen from here??
The remainder of this week, you will be free to shop as you wish, and prices will remain normal. Beginning next week, we will begin marking down, but we will also be bundling to make the sale more effective. That means this Saturday the 15th will be your last chance to buy in quantities of your choosing. For the markdowns we have decided to bundle in bulk to make things easier on our end.
The clearance sale will last until we are out of merchandise. Once I can see that we are down to a certain amount, I’ll announce the official closing date. At this time, I am guessing sometime in the middle of November.
We will also be selling furniture and fixtures. We’ll post that on Craigslist and on the Facebook page. Keep your eye on your e-mail for all the details.
Stitch Night will continue for now as scheduled. Our last business day will be a Stitch Night, so we hope you will join us for that. I plan to continue one stitch night a month locally after we close. I’m thinking first Tuesday, but I’ll keep you posted. I’d still love to stay in touch with all of the lovely people that the shop has connected.
Classes that are scheduled will continue as is, unless you’ve been notified otherwise. (There are a couple I’ve had to cancel.)
Yarn Year Round will continue through the end of the year, although the October delivery is going to be delayed. It will actually ship with November’s shipment. This means that if you are an every month subscriber, you won’t get one in October, but you’ll get two in November. If you are an every-other month subscriber, you’ll still get your last one in November as scheduled!
I plan to continue the Yarn Year Round Club, but it will likely take a break after the December shipment. Stay tuned for details.
If you have pending special orders or requests, I’ll be in touch to take care of those if I haven’t contacted you already. From here, there will be no more returns or exchanges, no special orders, and all sales will be final. If you have a gift certificate you will need to use it by closing day, and we will not be issuing anymore gift certificates.
The Stash Book project has been put on hold for now. It will still be released later this year if you have already purchased the pre-sale, and I apologize for the delay. For now it has to take the backseat to get this process taken care of. After the shop closes, my primary focus will be this project, along with many of the other design opportunities I’ve been pursuing. You’ll still be able to follow along on the journey, and I would be so thrilled if you did. Watch your inbox for a free pattern offer that will transition you to the new e-mail list if you’d like to continue to see what I’m up to and be notified of new free content and pattern releases.
Again, I cannot begin to express how thankful I am that you have trusted me with your learning, your shopping, your color choices. When I got ready to open the shop, I had the Wayne’s World/Field of Dreams mentality that “If you build it, they will come.” I could not have known what would be in store for me on this journey, but I’m so glad you did come find us.
Always, Happy Knitting!
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