July 14, 2013

Yarn shop owner enjoys downtown location

PLATTSBURGH — A local business owner has enjoyed her first year in business downtown.

Susan Coonrod opened Plattsburgh Yarn and Gifts at 16 Brinkerhoff St. the second week of July 2012. She has long been an avid knitter, and enjoys the craft with her daughter, Rosie DeLise.

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“I grew up with my mother (Margaret McCaw) and grandmother (Alma Coonrod) making everything,” she said.

As she approached retirement from Beekmantown Central School, where she was Middle School principal and an art teacher, she made the decision to open the store.

“If you don’t do it now, you’re never going to do it,” Coonrod told herself.

Owned Essex shop

Coonrod said she had owned a small gift shop in Essex one summer in the late ‘90s, so she knew how to open and operate a business. She used input from her daughter and other friends to decide what yarns she should carry.

The goal was to carry affordable, quality yarns and a variety of fibers, as well as high-end fibers such as bamboo and alpaca. Some of her best-selling yarns include Plymouth, Cascade, Malabrigo, Brown Sheep, Berroco, Rowan, James C. Brett, Trendsetter and Universal Yarns.

Plattsburgh Yarn and Gifts carries locally made products from places such as Brown Dog Fiber Arts Studio and Mountain Meadows Farm in Ray Brook.

There is also a full line of knitting and crocheting supplies, including interchangeable sets of knitting needles.

“Circular needles are becoming the thing. They are now more popular than straight needles,” Coonrod said.

Coonrod offers handmade stoneware she makes under the Earth Mother label. That includes bowls, mugs, pins, stitch markers and more. She said yarn bowls are popular gifts to give to any knitting enthusiast.

“I couldn’t keep them on the shelves before Christmas,” Coonrod said.

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