I walked in to see Our Fearless Leader Sara’s happy little face. She was looking at her iPhone and beeming.
“Dude,” she said. “This lady came in earlier this week and she’s just posted us such a nice review!”
“Cool, dude!” I said as I pulled up a chair and took out my current WIP (one of…). “What did she say?”
“She said we were an Aladdin’s Cave!”
I sat there and thought about it. I know the story. Heck, I read the book to my kids and have seen a few versions of Aladddin and the Lamp including the panto in Nottingham with everyone shouting IT’S BEHIND YOUUUUUU! But I had never heard someone describing a shop in this way.
“It’s a saying,” said Resident Designer Jen. “You have never heard it before?”
So I did what any good writer and former journalist would do….
I looked it up.
The shop is small. It’s no bigger than most people’s front room. It used to be a green grocer. But now it has all the colours of a magic spectrum as well as other treasures.
It is a place of knowledge, ideas, charity and “phenoenal [knitting skills] in an itty-bitty living space.” The shop has become the regular haunt of an ecclectic mix of people who come together in community. Yankee Yarns welcomes everyone and anyone to come in, browse, chat and become part of the furniture.
Yankee Yarns supports community events and champions charities and community programmes such as the Breastfeeding Welcome Scheme.
I will say, time really does stand still when you stay at the shop to knit, crochet or just talk. All of a sudden, you look at your time piece and BOOM! Hours have flown! In the words of the Genie of the lamp (the Disney version): “Ten thousand years in the Cave of Wonders oughta chill him out!”
It will. It will chill you out. Come on in.