Bound By Thread

LAKEWOOD – Two handicraft shops will be opening up under one roof this weekend as Quilters’ Haven and The Cala Lily Yarn Shop.

Janice Shoup, owner of Quilters’ Haven, and Sue Cala, owner of The Cala Lily Yarn and Gift Shop, met each other 25 years ago at a food cooperative. They came across each other shortly afterward as vendors at Ellington Elementary School. Now they are opening a shop together for knitters and quilters at 167 W. Fairmount Ave. in Lakewood.

“God’s hand was in all of this,” said Shoup. “God led me to open my business in the very first place in Jamestown. I think God is still directing everything we are doing here today together. Because I think it was not a coincidence that I called Sue about the yarn shop. I really think God led me there to know what’s going on.”

Their mission strives to make their business not simply a business, but a ministry. They want people to feel warm and welcome in their store.

“We have a listening ear for our clients,” Shoup said. “Not only for our clients and what they are looking for to purchase, but they share with us prayer needs that they have.”

The two decided to open a shop together due to the huge crossover between the two crafts by the artisans who pursue them.

“Many quilters are knitters, and many knitters are quilters,” Cala said.

“I’ve been a seamstress my entire life that I can remember,” Shoup said. “I’ve always enjoyed working with fabric.”

Shoup worked in other quilt shops in the area before she started her own quilt shop in Jamestown six years ago. Two years ago she decided to move on, leading her to start looking for other places to lease in the area.

“About 10 years ago I took a knitting class with Gale Peterson, and if you know knitters around here, she is a marvelous teacher,” Cala said. “I started knitting with her, and just fell in love with it.”

Cala said she knew as she went into retirement, she wanted to open her own yarn shop, and four years ago she opened the Cala Lily Yarn Shop in Ellington. She received a call from Shoup asking her to join the yarn business and fabric-quilting business together, and Cala agreed, opening this second shop in Lakewood with Shoup.

“I’m just thrilled to be working with Jan,” Cala said. “I’m looking forward to a great business relationship, and we are both, I think, really enjoying our passion.”

“In terms of prospective customers, Fairmount Avenue is a wonderful place,” Cala said. “It’s kind of a midway between different areas. There are knitters in so many areas, and quilters of course, in the county, but here you get people from the north county who come in – everyone comes into Lakewood and into Jamestown, back and forth.”

Cala and Shoup want to provide knitters and sewers in the area with better quality yarn and fabric for them to use for their projects.

The Cala Lily Yarn Shop offers yarn, a full selection of knitting needles and crochet hooks, knitting notions, knitting and crochet books, gift certificates, classes, and special ordering for any customer.

Quilters’ Haven offers classes, help for those who need it and long-arm quilting services – where people bring in their complete quilt tops, and Shoup sews the layers of the quilt top, the padding and backing together.

The Quilters’ Haven and The Cala Lily Yarn Shop will be having their grand opening Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Refreshments will be available.

Located at 167 W. Fairmount Ave., the store will be open from noon-9 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays through Saturdays.

Shoup can be contacted at 665-6524 or at quiltershavenny@yahoo.com. She also can be found online at quiltershavennewyork.com.

The Cala Lily Shop in Ellington is open from September through June on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 -8:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. In July and August, it will be open on Tuesdays and Thursday from 4:30-8:30 p.m. and Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It can be found at 1302 28th Creek Road in Ellington, and can be reached at either 397-9478 or at calalilyyarn@gmail.com.