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Yarn & Coffee Symbolizes One Woman's Dream Come True

By Elisha Neubauer

Tucked behind The Pantry Restaurant in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is a one-of-a-kind fusion shop- blending the sweet aromas of coffee with the soft textures of yarn. Yarn & Coffee is the culmination of one woman's dream job, combining her two loves into a successful gathering place for those who share her passions.

Deborah Grossman had always thought of opening a store which combined selling both yarn and coffee into one convenient location. But, what was once a pipe dream became a reality when in 2012, Grossman found herself laid off from her job. Instead of allowing the misfortune to discourage her, she decided to make a brave leap and follow her dreams. "I learned what I needed to do to open a business from the Santa Fe Small Business Development Center, received advice from Santa Fe SCORE and WESST, and got a loan from The Loan Fund- all local organizations that provide assistance to small businesses and entrepreneurs," Grossman tells us. "I opened my business five months later."

The shop has a quirky feel to it, with rows and rows of brightly colored yarn spanning the walls and the smell of brewed coffee floating on the air. While selling yarn and coffee was a dream, Grossman expanded upon it once she launched Yarn & Coffee, and has transformed the location into a gathering spot of sorts for those who enjoy both yarn and coffee.

"We offer a variety of classes, from beginning knitting and crocheting, in which students will learn the basics of those crafts, to specific technique classes (for example, knitting lace), to project classes (socks, hats, cowls)," she states. "Lately we've been bringing in outside teachers who are designers and dyers. They are teaching a variety of classes." And this summer, Grossman tells us, Yarn & Coffee will be offering a Fiber Camp for kids.

Grossman explains that there are several groups of knitters and crocheters that meet at the shop on a weekly basis. While these are pre-formed groups, she does say that the meetings are open to anyone. "Often, people who are new to Santa Fe will come to a group to meet other knitters and crocheters," she details.

"Visitors also drop in to sit and socialize." In addition to group meetings and classes, Yarn & Coffee utilizes their fairly large meeting space to host craft-related community events. "We are also a collection point for donations to Project Linus; Gentiva Hospice; shelters for women, men, and youth in Santa Fe; and the Knitted Knockers organization (based in Washington State)," Grossman reports.

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