The world feels much more hopeful than it did a year ago! It’s amazing how much has changed and how significantly our lives and expectations have shifted. I hope things are looking brighter for you these days, and that you are feeling healthy and creative (and staying cool!) as we roll through summer.
Here’s how we’re operating now…
CLOSED TO IN-PERSON SHOPPING
We deeply miss seeing our local regulars and summer visitors. Now that public safety continues to improve, especially here in Maine, we know many of you are eager to resume in-person shopping. However, Halcyon Yarn is not resuming in-person shopping for the foreseeable future. We’ve got exciting plans in the works for when we do resume the in-person experience and we’ll be reevaluating the schedule again later in the fall. Please stay tuned!
Especially in this business we appreciate the importance of seeing and touching things “in real life,” as well as the camaraderie of sharing space with your fellow fiber enthusiasts. Closing to in-person shopping was among the biggest and most difficult changes we have made in our 50 year history. We also know it was the best way for us to assure everyone’s safety and to make sure Halcyon Yarn remained viable for the long run by serving so many of you via curbside and online shopping.
From the start of the pandemic we made health and safety our top priority and adapted our policies to assure that staff could care for themselves and their families. We are thankful to have remained safe and healthy, and we are proud to have had zero workplace covid infections or exposures. Learn more about our Current Operations & Safety here.
As we plan for a solid foundation and even more creative future, opening back up to the in-person experience is not just a simple matter of flipping a switch. As you are likely hearing from many shops and restaurants, a great deal has changed in how we operate and in our physical space. Like many businesses we are challenged by the ongoing staff-shortages in our area and across the country, as well as continuing unpredictability across delivery and supply chains. In order to stay both safe and viable we too had to make significant changes to our operations. We’ve all watched as many terrific independent businesses wrestled with the choice between closing their doors permanently or reinventing themselves to survive and thrive in a future that none of us could have predicted. We’re grateful to be among the latter and I hope that as we reinvest in the future of Halcyon Yarn you’ll be on that journey with us.
NEW ARRIVAL – we’re having a baby!
Another reason we are not yet resuming Halcyon Yarn’s shop re-opening is the very happy news that my wife and I are expecting our first child this summer! Even in the easiest of times taking family leave is a challenge to manage in a small family business in which we normally both work full-time. You’ll be in great hands as our capable staff cover all the bases. I won’t get on my soapbox here about the limited family leave support systems in our country… Instead we’ll just say how much we sincerely appreciate your understanding that this is not the time for our family or business to resume scaling up the Halcyon Yarn retail shop. We look forward to introducing you to our new addition and it is an absolute joy to be welcoming a third generation to the Halcyon Yarn family!
We do look forward to welcoming you back into the shop when we are again ready to offer the best possible “in-person” Halcyon Yarn experience after taking this time to thoughtfully improve our space and all of our offerings. We look forward to your input as we do so and we are excited for what lies ahead!
Our Current Operations can always be found in the link at the top of our website and we will continue to share updates here in the blog and newsletter as plans evolve. We will continue offering you excellent service and products via our website, telephone/message customer service, and curbside pickup. Please do not hesitate to email or call 800-341-0282 – we are always glad to help!