I got an email announcing the possible closing of one of my LYS:
The problem is not yet explained on the website. In the email the owner explained her problem and it had nothing to do with the poor economy, as I thought it might. It seems a neighbor and customer of hers filed a complaint over a sign that the shop owner's renter had put up. OK, childish and petty perhaps but OK. When this neighbor didn't get the expected response with her first complaint, she went on to hire a lawyer to question the legality of having any renters on said property in the first place. Now it's not only childish and petty but seems the woman is seeking vengeance. Her last complaint filed was to close the LYS (on the same property) because it was an illegal use of the property. This one is serious and the owner cannot afford the lawyer's fees nor does she have the strength to fight. This LYS has been operated for 24 yrs. on the very same property. I've been to the store and it's gorgeous! It's the largest one in the state (i think) and they've been written up in several magazines over the years. They carry so many things and whatever they don't have, they'll special order. Everyone who works there is so nice and helpful. It's my first choice for a yarn store even though it's quite far away (about an hr by car). I had been ordering online from them lately. With the economy the way it is, I hate to see a business close for something like this, especially a store I love. There isn't many yarn stores in Rhode Island that we can afford to lose one to something as silly as this. I want to do what I can to help but I don't think I'll be allowed to attend the town's zoning board meeting where this will be discussed as I don't live in that area. Is there anything I can do to support this shop and fight the complaint? I wrote a letter to the zoning board as a concerned customer of the shop who questions the mental state (hah hah) and purpose of the person who filed the complaint, but is there something else I can do? I only just found this store because I only just started knitting and now it may be taken away.
Check out their website if you like. I usually order when they have a store-wide 20% off sale and get some very good deals. She does plan to keep the online store going despite what happens to the store front but even that's up in the air. The woman who filed the complaint is obviously looking to crumble this shop owner's life.