Cottage Yarn to mark grand re-opening
When most people travel they look for local restaurants, museums and amusement parks to visit. When Mint Hill native Lyn Millward travels, she looks for yarn shops.
This self-described knitting and crocheting enthusiast is the new owner of Mint Hill’s Cottage Yarn. The eight-year-old business at 7717 Matthews-Mint Hill Road sells yarn, knitting and crocheting supplies, books and magazines on the topic and more. A grand re-opening celebration is planned for 10 a.m. Saturday, April 20. The free event will include drawings, giveaways and refreshments. It also will be a chance for loyal customers to say farewell to the shop’s retiring founder, Sara Furr.
Millward officially took the reins April 1, but worked alongside Furr for weeks ordering inventory, making sample projects and meeting customers.
“I want everyone who comes through the door to feel welcome and like it’s home and a good place to be,” she said. “I love meeting all the customers and helping them (with questions or projects). I love helping people be as obsessed with yarn as I am.”
Millward, who first learned to knit while a high school exchange student in Sweden, said she picked up the craft again when her daughter received knitting supplies as a birthday present about eight years ago.
“I really developed the love for it since then,” she said, adding she taught herself how to crochet. The family got to know the shop’s owner when her daughter started working there part-time.
Getting the shop ready for the grand re-opening has been a family affair. Millward’s father Marcus Hamilton – who’s well-known in Mint Hill as the “Dennis the Menace” cartoonist – painted the outside of the building and worked with his wife, Kaye, to plant roses and other flowers near the entrance. Millward’s husband, Craig, and their children Cole, 19, Chloe, 18 and Conall, 6, also have helped to get the store ready.
The shop is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the third Sunday of every month from 1 to 4 p.m. Open knitting nights are held every Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Participants should bring their own supplies and projects.
Classes are available for all experience levels and range from $30 to $60. Gift certificates are available.
For more information, call 704-545-8440 or visit www.cottageyarn.com.
New office building coming to Matthews
Construction on a new office building in downtown Matthews could begin by May.
Garry Smith, of Matthews-based BrookeChase Properties, bought the Matthews Executive Center property at 325 Matthews-Mint Hill Road last summer and plans to build the second office building approved for the site in 1984 but was never built.
The new two-story, 6,000-square-foot building will look similar to the existing building, including the use of mostly brick, Smith said. The building will provide about 24 offices, ranging from about 140 square feet to 180 square feet. Matthews-based Urban Architectural Group is designing the building. The current office building, which BrookeChase recently renovated, is fully occupied by renters, Smith said.
“I think there’s a need (for more office space in downtown Matthews),” Smith said. “There’s a lot of people around that want to get their business out of the house. I don’t have any doubt we’ll get it (rented).”
The building will take about six months to build, Smith said, and once it’s complete crews will resurface the parking lot and add landscaping throughout the property.
New location for A Parent’s Time Out
The hourly childcare service A Parent’s Time Out has moved.
The Mint Hill business moved about two weeks ago from the Hoods Crossroads shopping center to 11237 Lawyers Road, suite A, the previous Allen Tate location.
The business, which opened in October 2011, needed more space to accommodate their expected growth, co-owner Wendy Carriker said.
Business hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and Friday 7 to 10 p.m. and Saturday 4 to 11 p.m. with a reservation.
For more information, call 704-443-726 or visit www.aparentstimeout.com.
Providence High needs Career Day speakers
Local business professionals are invited to speak April 30 at Providence High School’s Career Day.
The school needs local volunteers willing to share information on their career and what it takes to be successful.
For more information, or to sign up, email Sharon.firstname.lastname@example.org.
A.C. Moore event to benefit Easter Seals
A.C. Moore Arts & Crafts is partnering with the nonprofit Easter Seals for an in-store campaign and free crafting event that asks customers to “Act for Autism.”
Customers who visit any A.C. Moore store through April 27 can donate $1 to Easter Seals’ Act for Autism campaign at checkout. All stores will host a free make and take event April 20, a Saturday, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. where children can create a foam name sign.
The money raised during the campaign supports Easter Seals’ Make the First Five Count initiative which offers free online developmental screenings, early intervention and autism services in the same communities as A.C. Moore stores, according to a news release. Since launching the campaign as part of its Crafting a Better World program in 2010, A.C. Moore customers and store team members have raised nearly $500,000 for Easter Seals.
A.C. Moore has a location in Matthews at 1834 Matthews Township Pkwy.