Knit one, purl two, REPENT: For Northeast Seattle may be losing two independent yarn stores.
Acorn Street Shop, 2818 NE 55th St
Current Acorn Street Shop owner Karen Aho is retiring, and selling the shop. They’ve had some nibbles, says the shop on twitter, but as of this writing, there are no official takers. May might be the store’s last month if no buyers come forward.
Interested in owning your very own yarn store?* Contact Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More about the store from the Acorn Street Shop “About Us” page:
Acorn Street Shop was established in 1979 and began as a New England country store in nearby University Village Shopping Center. Soon the needlework department took over and Acorn Street became a full-fledged needlework shop. The shop has been under current ownership since 1986. In 1992, the business moved to its present location, just north of the U-Village, and the needlework merchandise has expanded to fill the old building up to its 15 foot ceilings!
Weaving Works, 4717 Brooklyn Ave NE
“Oh, if Acorn Street Shop closes, it will be sad. But there’s always Weaving Works down in the University District.” BUT FOR HOW LONG. The Weaving Works building is to be torn down and redeveloped into “a seven-story, 56 unit apartment building with 3,600 sq. ft. of retail commercial space at grade.”
There is no date set yet for the demolition, but the permit was filed on January 30, 2014.
The most recent design proposal for the site (available above) was presented to the Northeast Design Review Board on July 15, 2013. It was passed unanimously. You can read the board’s full report from the meeting here (249 KB PDF).
We’ve contacted The Weaving Works for more information about the store’s future, and will post a reply here if/when we know more.
UPDATE (Wednesday, 7 PM): Good news about the future of The Weaving Works, via their twitter account:
@RavennaBlog We’ll still be here! Just in search of a new location.
— Weaving Works (@WeavingWorks) March 6, 2014
UPDATE (Monday, March 17): In the latest Weaving Works newsletter (PDF), the store announces that their annual Mother’s Day sale will be more of a Moving sale (to help make the move easier); however, they’re still keeping the new location under wraps.
Acorn Street Shop also holds an annual Mother’s Day sale.
*Best possible place to work, in the event of an earthquake.