It was one of my first stops when I moved here. I knew I would meet My People there, and indeed, I did, at knit night and classes. I made a couple of good friends just from showing up at that shop. And I still have some yummy yarns I bought there, that haven't yet found their perfect project.
It's true I haven't spent as much money on yarn lately as I have on fabric, since my yarn stash was enormous, and I was building my quilter's palette, mostly from local shops.
As a rule, I will only resort to online purchases if I truly can't find what I need in a real brick and mortar store. Sure, you often pay a little more, but you get to see the actual color of yarn and fabric in real time, not distorted by whatever camera lens was used to photograph the product, or by whatever computer screen you're using.
In a "real" store, you get to feel the fiber and be sure you like it. You also get customer service, which in most local shops is great. I mean, your web-based store has its place, but they can't help you when you make a boo-boo in your knitting!
And then, shopping local is good for the local economy. Think of the children!!!
Here's hoping we don't lose more local shops any time soon.
Happy crafting to all, and to all a good night. And thank you, Anacapa.