CraftSanity Podcast Episode 183 – Secrets to Success: How to keep an independent yarn shop open for 35 years

by jennifer


Courtesy photo

Courtesy photo

Making a go of it as an independent business isn’t easy, but long-time friends and business partners Barb Langerak & Cheryl VanHaitsma have been making it work for 35 years as owners of Country Needleworks in Jenison, Michigan. While beautiful yarn, patterns and knitting supplies are the main attraction, the shop also stocks beads, counted cross stitch patterns, specialty threads, scrapbooking supplies and a gift section, too.

IMG_9179 (1)Tune in to this episode to hear the story behind this friendly, handmade business that has been a wonderful and long-time supporter of CraftSanity Magazine. Congrats Barb & Cheryl! Thanks for doing your part to keep the handmade community alive in West Michigan and giving local crafters a place to hang out for 35 years. High five!

Thanks to the podcast supporters
Thanks to ACS Home & Work for being a longtime podcast sponsor and also thanks to my Patreon sponsors for helping me keep this show going. I couldn’t do this without your support.

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Jodie Zollinger March 14, 2016 - 5:17 am

What a great show. So inspiring. Loved hearing from Barb about the history and business of starting a creative business. Hope your finger has healed Jennifer!!

Denise N. May 17, 2016 - 5:30 pm

What a great podcast! Fenstemacher’s – a blast from the past! Love Country Needleworks! Thanks, Jennifer!! Always interesting. Miss your Press articles!

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