Recently, I had the good fortune of attending the Knit & Crochet Show in Minneapolis. Aside from the dreadful 3-digit temps, it was a memorable trip. Having attended my first consumer show as editor of Creative Knitting magazine, it was nice to connect directly with knitters, yarn shops and designers all under one roof and gain valuable insight about what knitters and shops like about the magazine, and what they want to see more of.
One of the highlights of my trip was a visit to the Yarn Garage, a progressive boutique-style yarn shop, housed in a converted firehouse, owned and operated by brother and sister team StevenBe (Berg) & Monika Oeltjen. If you ever stop by for a visit, you’ll see that Steven is truly a prolific visionary when it comes to the concept behind this uncommon shop.
From the moment you walk in, you feel as if you’ve been invited to a dinner party and you are the guest of honor. Upon entry, you’re invited to stop by for a “drink” at the martini bar, perfectly assembled with glasses filled to the rim with tempting Tilli Thomas and Be Sweet yarns.
After my quick “drink,” I rounded the corner to the main part of the shop where a captivating crystal chandelier hangs elegantly in the center of the room. I was then immediately drawn to the vast selection of yarns surrounding the perimeter of the shop, which fills the shelves, drawers and every inch of this space from floor to ceiling—and I mean to the ceiling! What yarn doesn’t this shop have?
With nighttime knitting groups called Pizza & Purls and Wild Women of Wednesdays, it was clear that the Yarn Garage creates a feeling of community that attracts knitters from every walk of life—from millennials to old ladies with walkers; this shop bridges the generation gap because it has something to offer every knitter.
Hours: Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.;
Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday Noon to 4 p.m.
Knit Nites: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 6 to 8 p.m.—Call for Reservations