A letter from Stash founder Sonia Ruyts

Dear fiber friends,

It’s been over 4 months since I announced that Stash was for sale. In that time, we have gone through many ups and downs as I met with potential buyers. So many wonderful people were interested in buying the shop; I really believed I would be able to pass the business along to someone with the interest and enthusiasm to continue what my team and I have built.

Unfortunately, that has not been the case.  And so it is with many big, mixed emotions that I have decided to close the shop.

After 7 years in business, we will be closing the doors to the Stash brick and mortar store.  We will stay open as usual through the end of December with new products and special holiday events.  On January 2nd we will launch a closing celebration like you’ve never seen before. More details on that soon.

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Closing the shop is not a decision we have come to quickly or easily. In fact, it’s been a gut-wrenching process for me personally and for our team. This is in part because closing the shop means the end of a dream I’ve been cultivating for nearly a decade. But also because of the phenomenal people who have become an integral part of the fabric of the Stash community.

I know you’re wondering: Why?  The reality is that this is a tough business to make a living wage in. Despite a thriving community of enthusiastic makers, Stash is no longer a financially sustainable business.

I want to give my heartfelt thanks and bottomless gratitude to all past and current Stash Enhancers: Liz, Kathryn, Cinnamon, Sydney, Hannah M, Kathy, Hannah M2, and Aubri. Each of these incredible women brought their knowledge and love of yarn to work every day, energizing the shop and encouraging you to try new things. I couldn’t have done any of this without you, my dear Stash Enhancers.

Appreciation also goes out to the vendors + designers with whom we’ve worked to support the American wool economy, small minority-owned businesses, and makers from a variety of industries. We are inspired by the work that you are doing in the world and have been proud to bring it to our area.

And last but not least, I want to thank you, our local fiber community, for your support. I can still remember the very first customers who came in on opening day. Thank you to everyone who has been a regular customer, taken classes, had fun at our events, joined KALs, and become friends over the years. We love you!

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Rest assured nothing is changing immediately. In the next few days you’ll receive another email with all the details about how we’re handling gift certificates, rewards, the closing sale, and more. 

For now, we’re focusing on the positive and enjoying the festive holiday season in downtown Corvallis.

I have considered it a privilege to build this thriving, beautiful community space alongside you. The Stash Enhancers and I will miss seeing you and being a part of your knitting story!

Thank you for everything,

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