I'm Still a Higher Ed Nerd
Last month, I told you all that there were exciting changes happening, and some are underway, others are a little….stalled…
With Ellen moving on to her next chapter, it forced me to reassess the structure of my staff and teaching schedule. We wish Ellen all the best on her new life in St.Louis. She has missed that city since she moved away and has been eager to return. While we miss her, this has opened up some opportunities for the shop.
As you can see in today’s newsletter, we have a whole new slate of classes, with more being planned. We’ve also brought on a new roster of instructors going into spring and summer. This means you all will have the chance to learn from different teachers, with different skill sets and different styles of teaching.
*education nerd alert*
Superb Owl II
We've passed our second holiday season here in the shop, and are looking towards our second anniversary. But first:
SUPERB OWL II!!!
Last year was an exhausting blast for us, and you all seemed to like it so much, we're doing it again. And I have to commend you: you were all shockingly polite for people getting 40% off yarn.
At the start of every episode of the original Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, there's a scene where the Fab Five invade some poor schlub's house and tear the place apart. By the time they vacate, every drawer, cabinet and closet has been emptied and left in piles the floor. This is fully how I expected the shop to look after the first Superb Owl sale. While we had some recovery to do, it was no where near as bad as I was expecting. You al treated the space, the merchandise and each other with respect, which did not go unnoticed or unappreciated.
You also very patiently stood in line for far longer than I had hoped or expected. We are working on that for this year and improving our processes to give you a better, smoother, faster shopping experience this year. It still isn't perfect, but we thing we've made some improvements over 2018.
We will be closed on Saturday to set up for the sale, and Monday to recover and put everything back.
Happy knitting and we will see you next Sunday!
Small Business Saturday
More than 99.7% of all registered businesses are small businesses.
For every $100 spent at a small business, $68 stays in the local community, compared to $43 for large businesses.
Small businesses donate 250% more than larger businesses to non-profits and community causes.
Small Business Saturday is an opportunity for communities to show their support for local businesses between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Last year, #smallbizsat was a crazy, busy, exciting, exhausting, fun day. I wouldn't trade it in for the world. You all came out in force to show us how important a local yarn store in your community is to you.
But more importantly, you tell me this every week, all year long. Every week someone is genuinely interested in how KGY is doing, and then goes on to tell me that it's personally important to them that I stay open. You tell me regularly how strongly you feel about the community we've built here. How you've been looking for a shop to call home. How it's your "happy place."