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April 6, 2017

With new name, yarn shop moves in Old Town

Photo/Don Del Rosso
Shop owner Richard Embrey: “We’re excited about the change, because Yarnia says ‘yarn’.”
By Don Del Rosso
Staff Journalist
The Warrenton yarn shop has a new name and new address.

Owner Richard Embrey recently rebranded The Red Thread to Yarnia of Old Town. The business has moved from from 10 South Fifth St. to 92 Main St.

The relocation required closing the store on March 31. With plenty left to do, Mr. Embrey and his wife Marylou — the business's only employees — aim to reopen Saturday.

“The Red Thread doesn’t say ‘yarn’ to me,” Mr. Embrey, 51, said of the name change. “We’re excited about the change, because Yarnia says ‘yarn’.

“We had a lot of people coming in looking for thread. And while we have thread, it’s not extensive.”

Uncertainty about the shop’s focus among first-time customers prompted him rename the business, said Mr. Embrey, who bought The Red Thread last May. The shop opened in 2011.

Clea Investments LLC owns the building at Fifth and Main streets that includes the space Yarnia vacated as well as the new location, in the former Blue Ridge Hardware building.

Both shops total about 1,500 square feet.

He moved the business to a suite tucked at the back of 92 Main St. because the landlord plans to put another tenant in the Fifth Street storefront, said Mr. Embrey, a patient services representative for an urgent care medical center in Prince William County.

“I offered them the option to move, if they wanted,” landlord John Capetanakis said. “It was a package, and it was accepted.”

Of the vacant Fifth Street storefront, Mr. Capetanakis said, “We are negotiating with somebody interested. And, we’ll address it at a later time.”

Besides yarn, the shop carries a range of supplies related to knitting, crocheting, weaving and tatting (the sewing of lace).

Mr. Embry and Mrs. Embrey, 64, a former administrative assistant for a Warrenton law firm, live near Casanova.

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