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Arkansas Yarn Co.

opens on Main Street

MALVERN -- Arkansas Yarn Co. will hold a grand opening event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at 202 S. Main St.

Owner Lorri Helberg and her daughter, Jessica, will be present, and there will be sweet treats, prize drawings, and the chance to sign up for an upcoming virtual knitting or crochet class, along with one-of-a-kind knitted creations on display for the grand opening only.

Helberg and her husband moved to Malvern in 2015. As a frequent visitor to Arkansas over the years, she fell in love with the beauty of the state. After making Malvern her "forever home," she wanted to find a way to share the beauty of Arkansas with the world. Helberg's passion for knitting, and the community of support it provides, presented the perfect opportunity and Arkansas Yarn Co. was born, a news release said.

According to the National Council of Textile Organizations, yarn and fabric is a $31.5 billion industry and creates 112,300 jobs in the U.S.

"Yarn is a big business, and I want to help make Arkansas an even bigger part of that global community," she said. Arkansas Yarn Co. launched online two years ago and has "rapidly grown thanks to platforms such as Ravelry and Instagram enabling 'yarners' from across the globe to connect and share inspiration," the release said. Its first sale shipped to Australia.

Helberg said she has developed a "significant following" across Facebook and Instagram, and prides herself on having a one-to-one relationship with every customer and follower.

"You can meet yarn-loving podcasters at the Arkansas Yarn Co. grand opening event. Yes, it's a big deal in the yarn community! Knitting, crocheting, basket making, sewing and card making extraordinaire Nicci, of NicNacKnits podcast, and others will be joining to capture and share the party," the release said.

"I want this beautiful, historic building on Main Street in Malvern to become a destination where people can come together to create heirloom gifts and experience something wonderful. Even if knitting is something you've never tried before, I hope our community and area visitors will feel welcome to come by to enjoy a cup of tea and spend time in our store to learn more about the art of yarn dyeing and check out our other unique gift items. Knitting has brought an overwhelming sense of community into my life, and I want to be able to share that type of bonding and encouragement with others," Helberg said in the release.

Business on 06/03/2019

Print Headline: Business review

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