April 2nd, 2009

WEBS 35th Anniversary

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Yes, it’s true.  We are celebrating 35 years in business!  You know, we’re not ones to brag or toot our own horns, but I’ve got to say – I am pretty darn proud of us.  I certainly don’t just mean the Elkinses “us” either.  I am proud of everything we’ve accomplished as a family, but we’ve been so fortunate to have great staff along the way, terrific support from our vendors and then of course, a dash of luck.  Oh and I should also add a little hutzpah too – I’m sure Art would agree.

Steve and I have been very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to take what Barbara started back in 1974 as a means to feed her own yarn habit, what she and Art grew together through the 80’s and 90’s into not only a great retail destination but a strong mail order company and continue to build on the tremendous foundation they established. 

It’s funny to think back on our own personal hesitations.  Art & Barbara had actually approached us a couple of times in the late 90’s.  We were always very gracious, but I can remember getting off the phone with them and Steve and I just giggling at the thought of living in Western Mass and running a yarn store.  We lived in a cool Boston suburb, we had cool jobs. . . . I think we might have even thought that we were cool. Yeah – we were young and obviously a bit delusional.   Funny how two kids a job change and relocation can change your perspective.

Steve and I were talking last night and he asked what we’d do to celebrate WEBS 50th anniversary.  I said “I hope Jackson does something great”.  His response “Our 24 year old will not be in charge”.  Won’t it be fun to see how that plays out?

For me personally, I think what I am most proud of is that Steve and I have been able to do this together and still have a great family life.  There are certainly days when I think we’d both fire each other if we could.  There are definitely days when I know our staff would send us packing if they could!  Somehow, we make it all work and I truly cannot imagine being anywhere else.

As always, we celebrate our anniversary with a killer sale.  This year is no different.  We’ve got amazing deals on knitting yarns including Cascade 220, Eco Wool, Classic Elite Fresco, Berroco Peruvia, Fiesta La Bohemme and Baby Boom, just to name a few.  If you are a weaver, there are great savings on 8/2 Tencel, Linen, 5/2 Valley Cotton and more!

Starting next week, we’ll also be offering a weekly special on one of our own Valley Yarns.  Plus, who knows what else we might just throw in for fun?

Last, but far from least, I would be remiss if I didn’t thank all of you, are wonderful customers for taking this ride with us.  Some of you have been here from the beginning, others may have just discovered us.  Either way, we’re grateful you choose to shop with us.  Enjoy the celebration!


12 Responses to “WEBS 35th Anniversary”

  1. melissaknits Says:


  2. victoria barton Says:

    happy 35th anniversary i love your store

  3. Carol Says:

    I love Webs and the sale is amazing! You’re right, the staff is wonderful and the yarn selection is great. I’m glad you guys decided to take on the challenge of running the store. Thank you for everything!

  4. KathyElkins Says:

    Thank you!

  5. KathyElkins Says:

    Thanks again for our lovely gift!

  6. KathyElkins Says:

    Thank you so much!

  7. Shannon Says:

    Congrats on 35 years! And thank you so much for doing a giveaway at mah bloggity blog!!!

  8. sandyknits Says:

    Congratulations on 35 wonderful years~~can’t wait to see what “goodies” the next 35 years will bring~
    I have a nephew who had Art as a professor at UMass and Art encouraged him to attend grad school in Indianapolis which he did and is now an auditor at Chase stationed in Dallas but travels all around doing audits~He remembers Art mentioning many times that Barbara was a weaver and had a little shop~David was very surprised when he came here on the loss of his mother to find that we both shop(ed) at “Barbara’s little store” and very pleased at how the little shop had grown into WEBS~
    sorry to ramble on but wanted to share with you
    once again, Congratulations~~~Sandy Miner

  9. vismajor Says:

    Congratulations on this milestone! I look forward to many more years of being a WEBS customer. 🙂

  10. Mollysmum Says:

    What a special celebration. Listening to the podcast and hearing you tell the story was so special. And you are right, there would have been good times and not so good times, but you are all still making it work and are pretty good at what you do.

    Congratulations – heres to 35 more!

  11. Karin Maag-Tanchak Says:

    Congratulations and Happy Anniversary to the whole Elkins family. You are all truly special people and I for one appreciate very much what you are doing.
    I cannot imagine a yarn world without WEBS anymore….here’s to many many years to come!

  12. detector Says:

    Was just checking out your blog and saw this post. I wish you guys happy 35th anniversary.


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