Continuing with things I love in the month of February, it’s time to post about one of the newer yarn shops in Vancouver – Wool Is Not Enough. Shoshana opened WINE last August in the Tinseltown Mall in Chinatown, Vancouver. The concept was very unique as the store – which she referred to as a Very Little Yarn Shop – was almost completely mobile and was set-up almost overnight. With the help of her husband she was able to convert a simple ordinary kiosk space into a very nifty yarn shop. You weren’t fooled by the size for very long as you quickly realized that there was quite a selection of yarns to be had. As a matter of fact, WINE had a little bit of everything for everybody.
The location was also great as a lot of people discovered the shop on trips to the mall. So word quickly spread about this new shop and business flourished. Part of the attraction of WINE was that there isn’t another yarn shop in the downtown core of Vancouver. On New Year’s Eve Sho bravely paraded (literally) her shop to it new and present home – 77 East Cordova. Since it was only a few blocks away, it wasn’t a drastic move, but having it done as a parade created memories that everyone will have for a long time to come.
I have to say that I entirely LOVE the new space that WINE occupies. It’s like walking into a good friend’s home (it’s actually a live/work space) and finding all your favorite yarns and needles to play with. Speaking of which, you will find a great selection of yarns – from lace weight silks, rayon, and wools to bulky wool and alpaca blends to create a variety of projects, because Wool Is NOT Enough. There are lessons to be had at WINE as well and you can check the website for the schedule. Here’s the link to the website – WINE. All books are sold at discounted prices as well.If you’re ever in the area on a Thursday evening, you can drop in for the weekly knit night.
I’m sure some would think that being in Gastown, the prices would be inflated to support the location, but I’m pleased to say that isn’t so. Sho has always had very competitive prices and continues to do so. What you will find at WINE is value. From the needles and accessories to the yarns themselves – everything is priced fairly and there is something to suit every budget.
What I love most about WINE though is the new space. It’s warm and inviting, and makes you want to just go sit and knit for a while – especially if you have a cup of tea as well. It doesn’t feel like a retail space at all. I think I’ll drop in for a visit right now!