That sounds like a great experience! I recently visited a LYS that's about an hour away. It's fairly new (opened in 2011), and I found out about it quite by accident. It had lots of scrumptious yarn, but I was with a friend whose parents were kid-sitting, so I didn't feel at leisure to look as much as I wanted. Maybe next time.
Meanwhile, that's some beautiful yarn!
I'm not naturally drawn to purple--although I really like it's close cousin, blue. However, the color your hubby chose is gorgeous! Way to go, Andrew!
Have fun working with it (I know you will). I recommend using a lifeline so you don't have to repeatedly rip back and possibly ruin some of your yarn.