Today on the YarnThing Podcast with Marly Bird: the owners of Webs America’s Yarn Store, Kathy and Steve Elkins!
Kathy learned to crochet, along with several other crafts, when she was small from one of her neighbors, an older German lady. She tried to learned to knit around the same time, but it just didn’t really click until much later in life. Kathy can knit, but as she said, most of her staff could knit her into a corner and she might not be able to frog herself out ;). Steve doesn’t knit or crochet but he can weave. His parents founded Webs originally as a weaving store so knitting and crochet were not a large part of their business. Kathy and Steve met when they were both sales analysts for a Budweiser distributor. While they had a bit of friction at the beginning, they eventually found themselves in love. After moving around several companies in the New England area, Steve was going to be moved again but not to anyplace that really appealed to both of them. Steve’s parents were ready to move on from the store and asked them one last time if they would like to take over for them. After talking it over, Kathy and Steve decided to do it.
A few particulars about the business. Webs was founded in 1974 by Steve’s mother Barbara Elkins and her business partner, Donna Muller. Originally based out of their basement, they moved to a store front several years later and Donna sold her share to Barbara. Soon after Steve’s father retired from being a professor at UMass and joined his wife in the business. After moving house several times, they ended up in their current location in Northampton Massachusetts in 1992. Steve and Kathy took over 10 years later and they are still going strong! They offer both their own line of yarns, Valley Yarns, as well as all of the big yarn lines in the knitting, crochet, and weaving industries. Their brick and mortar store in Northampton offers a LYS experience in the front, with most of the yarns they sell displayed, and they also have the warehouse area in the back where they have their inventory. One of their big draw points is their bulk discount. If you order/buy enough in yarn and books, they will automatically give a percentage discount based on your original total, 20% off if you spend at least $6o and 25% off if you spend over $120!
Hope this has piqued your interest to hear more about Webs and everything going on with Kathy and Steve. Listen in below to hear all the details about their blog, podcast and Stitches events!
- Webs America’s Yarn Store website, yarn.com
- Webs podcast, Ready-Set-Knit
- Webs Facebook page
- Webs on Twitter
- Webs Ravelry page
- Webs blog page
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