Meet Darlene Shatford & Alanna Siemens
Yarn aficionados Darlene Shatford and Alanna Siemens had a dream of uniting the knitters and crocheters of Prince George through their mutual love of the art. They also believed that they needed better and more inspiring options to spark their creativity. “From the beginning it has been our goal to provide Prince George with a big city yarn shop,” says Darlene, “an outstanding selection and service with class.” The business partners left no detail unattended to, from their hip and cozy little shop to the massive selection of colours, styles and brands of yarn, to the way that they would reach out to the knitters and crocheters.
Since opening in 2010, Top Drawer has created a yarn community within its four walls. Darlene and Alanna have offered all kinds of unique ways for people to connect over their craft, from special theme nights like “Knit Flix” (knitting and a movie) to dedicated groups for new moms and “golden girls.” They’ve even sponsored knitting for a cause with their “Purple Baby Hats” to support the hospital. Says Alanna, "We feel we are outrageously successful. In our first four years, we have accomplished what we set out to do and more. You can buy fabulous yarn right here in Prince George in a jazzy setting. Our feedback from customers, not just in Prince George but throughout the province, has been outstanding, especially in regards to our quality, quantity, service, and selection. "
Darlene and Alanna are thrilled to be a part of the downtown scene and its vibrant atmosphere. There is always something happening and always people to talk to. “I enjoy bumping into people who share our sense of community and are creative in their own businesses as well,” says Darlene. They have a particular fondness for Books & Company, with whom they share space, and the culture that surrounds it. It provides the perfect setting for their own little community of avid yarn-lovers. “We feel excited and hopeful that downtown will continue to draw new and awesome businesses,” says Alanna.
Jazzy. Modern. Inspiring.
Top Drawer Yarn Studio is an intimate boutique piled high with soft luxurious yarns from all over the world. Top Drawer has an affinity for the natural fibres, but also stocks amazing alternatives for the non-woolies. Top Drawer Yarn Studio takes pride in its high-quality needles and hooks, and its accessories are just plain fun. Customers even say their buttons are cool! Amidst the shelves of yarn there are many local hand-crafted gift items – socks, mitts, hats, scarves, and bags. Whatever your project, you’ll leave with brand new inspiration. Don’t knit or crochet? Come learn with the talented staff at Top Drawer Yarn Studio, where you’ll love the relaxed setting.
Top Drawer Yarn Studio is a member of the Prince George Chamber of Commerce. Top Drawer Yarn Studio was nominated for the 2014 Micro Business of the Year Award.
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