I have not been to the Purls The Yarn Studio
yet (despite living 1 minute away from it yet. It is tucked into a small plaza. I do plan on going there this weekend because they are having a pre-inventory sale. I have seen a lot of people post about Debbie Bliss yarn, which this studio carries - so I'm excited to actually feel the yarn - I like to know what I'm buying so if I like it then I know I can order it on-line.
I discovered the The Village Knit Wit
which is right off I-235 and I really like it. The store has only been open for a few months. They have a whole wall of Addi Turbo needles!
The staff are really helpful and friendly and they have a wide range of yarn.
Creative corner in Valley Junction is also really nice. They offer a lot of free help and have lots of yarn to choose from.
Hope this helps!