The world of LYS and craft merchants is a small one, especially in a place like Nova Scotia. There is a lot of back and forth referring, often beyond the purview of our individual shops.
I often send people off into the welcoming arms of other local and localish yarn stores when a customer needs a yarn we don't cary. Every Sunday, I have at least 2 customers visit or phone looking for a range of things we don't carry at all....and never would.
Needlepoint and Rug Hooking supplies are the most common requests I cannot fulfill. Sewing and Quilting supplies are close behind. Of course, once in a while I have a desperate call for beeswax, pipe cleaners, artificial flowers, garment bags, and once, a Sombrero sized for a Teddy Bear. I refer these quests on as best I can, but over the years I've amassed a list of craft suppliers. It's a list that doesn't seem to exist anywhere but under our stapler at The Loop.
Downtown Halifax has a distinct circuit that crafty people take to find their supplies:
DeSerres (AKA 'The Creative Marketplace', formally Loomis & Toles)
Maritime Hobbies & Crafts
Black Market (leather, hemp, you never know)
Dustjacket Books and Treasures (Second Hand and Vintage Craft Books)
Jennifer's of Nova Scotia (Cross Stitch and Knitting kits, Finished knitted items)
NSCAD Student Supply Store
Dollarama/Buck or Two (you never know)
Yarn Stores seem to have a louder presence than other types of craft stores in Nova Scotia. The average customer will have already found her way to places like L.K. Yarns, Gaspereau Valley Fibres or Have A Yarn (to name Just a few).
Here are some suppliers to whom I often refer customers. These shops fill some rather large gaps in HRM's crafting needs:
Highland Heart Hookery
23 Chartwell Lane Halifax, NS B3M 3S7
Dennison's Custom Framing (Embroidery and Needlepoint)
626 King St Bridgewater, NS B4V 1B4
The Beading Room
An online store based in Fall River N.S. The Beading Room offers several different options for delivery.
Hands Across Time Rug Hooking
2526 Hwy #368 R.R. #1. Pugwash Junction. NS. B0K 1M0.
Tel: (902) 257-2267.
This is by NO means a link list of Maritime Craft Shops and Suppliers. Many friends and neighbouring businesses may be found on The Loop's link page. I would love to hear how this week's Sunday shoppers fared!