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July 14, 2013

Yarn shop owner enjoys downtown location



Offers local products

There are several Earth Mother Clothing Company items on display. Those are billed as recycled, comfortable, fun, one-of-a-kind garments.

Plattsburgh Yarn and Gifts also offers a number of locally manufactured products. Those include art cards made by DeLise under the name Atomic Whale Designs, knitting bags by Renee Hall and Julie Fredette, yarn swifts by Dave Devoe and Sharon Roraback, tote bags by McCaw and crocheted bookmarks by Carole Meccio, the latter of which are to benefit the American Cancer Society.

The shop has received a warm reception from knitting enthusiasts.

“The customers who came in spread the word like wildfire,” Coonrod said. “They were so happy to have a yarn shop in Plattsburgh.”

Two community service projects are near and dear to her heart. She started the Keep Kids Warm project last year to provide mittens, hats and scarves to children at nine local elementary schools and the local Women, Infants and Children office.

The effort started with a simple donation box at the shop, which quickly filled up repeatedly. More than 300 items were donated as of March.

The second is The Knockers Project. She and other volunteers knit prosthetic breasts that are given to the Fitzpatrick Cancer Center at CVPH Medical Center for those who have had breast cancer.

The Knockers Project is a nation-wide campaign she learned about from a friend and breast-cancer survivor.

Sale to be held

Coonrod is holding a first-anniversary sale, with green tags marking sale prices that are good until Aug. 15.

Plattsburgh Yarn and Gifts offers a number of classes and workshops. 

“This area is crafty. There are many people who like to do things with their hands,” she said.

The schedule is available on the website,

Coonrod is a participant in the recently re-launched downtown business owners coalition, the Downtown Business Visitors Association. She said it has been nice to meet the various business owners and learn about what they have to offer, experiences that can’t be found at many larger businesses.

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