Village Wools, my LYS, is celebrating the end of their first week in the new location. Like a moth to the flame, I cruised by today to check it out.
First off, this is a great store with great people. And now they have a ton more room. This is good news for those of us who can't get enough of a good thing.
It's hard to find. I had looked up directions on the internet and still drove around for 10 minutes trying to find the place. Be forewarned if you're heading over there for the first time- it's hidden. Also, it's no longer near any place I ever go, so there will probably be fewer impulse stops. Alas, all of Albuquerque is moving north and west, so it's probably a better location for lots of their customers.
While I am a major fiber junkie, it's rare that I actually find something in Village Wools that I cannot live without. I'm not sure what it is. Maybe it's the organization, or the display, or the colors they choose to stock, or my own guilt about the size of my existing stash.... But I usually escape unscathed. Today was no exception. (Again, helps that I just bought 4 pairs of socks worth in Boston....) Even so, they had just restocked on Trekking XXL, 3 of the 4 pairs of Boston yarn, and NONE of the colors at VW were remotely tempting to me.
They've got a great book section, but again, it's hard to find stuff in there. At least in the new store you can see all the books, so if you have time to search every shelf, you have a better chance of finding what you're looking for than you did in the old space. Still, I couldn't figure out what the book organization scheme was.
Things I love about the new space- LIGHT! It's gorgeous! MORE SPACE=MORE YARN. They've expanded their offerings, and there is some seriously great yarn in that building. I also love that they've got a dye room and are going to be starting dye classes, and I noticed today that there was a spinning wheel out in the open- hopefully I'll be able to take one of their spinning classes in the spring. Also, along with the building comes a new and improved website that actually has useful information! This is a major improvement- way to go, guys!
Village Wools is the primary yarn store in Albuquerque and possibly the state- they have a huge array of inventory, a gorgeous space, and tremendously knowledgable (and friendly) staff. It's my favorite local place for all these reasons. Congratulations on the new space!