2009-06-20 / Top News

Yarn and Knitting Supplies Now Offered at Island Drug Store

By Kerri Jo Molitor

Mary Patay (left) and Kimmy Raymond with the knitting supplies at the store.
Alford's Drug Store added yarn, knitting needles, and pattern books to its stock after owner Mel Hagenbaugh decided to share her love of knitting with all of Mackinac Island.

The yarn is displayed on shelves in the end aisle in a rainbow of pinks, purples, blues, and greens. Along the wall is a selection of pattern books and different size needles for knitting and crocheting. Displayed with the yarn and needles are knitted hats and two stuffed animals, a porcupine and a penguin, that Mrs. Hagenbaugh knitted. She expects more stock to arrive and, eventually, the entire aisle will be devoted to knitting paraphernalia.

Part of the reason they decided to sell knitting items is demand from customers, said store employee Mary Patay.

"We both love knitting, and people come in all the time and ask for knitting stuff."

Mrs. Hagenbaugh, Miss Patay, and another worker, Kimmy Raymond, participated in a Wednesday night knitting club last winter. The club was vital in encouraging Mrs. Hagenbaugh to stock yarn and needles in her store. The women in the knitting club also gave Mrs. Hagenbaugh tips for buying yarn and what she should sell.

"Ever since I was a little girl, I have wanted to open a yarn shop," she said.

She isn't worried if she doesn't sell the new stock because she would use her new purchases in her own knitting.

"What we're doing right now is carrying what we love," Mrs. Hagenbaugh said. "So if this doesn't work, we have a wonderful stash."

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