Cara Birkeland, the third generation owner of the well loved Vancouver wool and yarn company which has been running for over 70 years, has recently announced their upcoming closure. I know the community is very sad about this, as am I. Thank you Birkeland family for your legacy of beautiful, quality products, hospitality and camaraderie.
Below is Cara Birkeland's message to the community, taken from their website.
February 2, 2012
To all our Valued Customers,
Birkeland Bros. Wool will be closing as of March 1, 2012.
Birkeland Bros. Wool would like to thank you for your patronage over the last 73 years. We have enjoyed helping, laughing, and sharing your wool dreams. You are not only our customers - many of you have also become our friends.
This decision has not come easily. My grandfather founded the business, and my father took over until his retirement due to illness. About 15 years ago, parallel to a nursing career, I started to expand Birkeland Bros. Wool into its current format of supplying a wide variety of products for crafts and fibre arts.
A wonderful community has formed around our business, and it has been much fun, and you as customers have contributed to 2011 being one of the most successful years in the history of Birkeland Bros. Wool.
Nevertheless, health reasons have forced me to re-assess my options and consider drastic changes. With pride about what my family, our staff, and you as a community have achieved, and with sadness that all good things will have to transform at some point in time, I have decided to close the doors of Birkeland Bros Wool, and focus on new horizons.
Help us to celebrate the wonderful and woolly things shared, of decades past and new decades to come, in this month of February. We will be having several sales events, and it will be a good occasion to re-stock your coffers and drop by and say hello.
We wish you continued happiness in knitting, spinning, weaving, felting and many other wool dreams.
We have loved being part of your life.
3rd Generation Owner,
Birkeland Bros. Wool Ltd.
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