When Evian Zukas-Oguz was asked to describe the experience of opening her new store, Life's A Yarn, her first words were "Well, it took longer than I expected." This is a common sentiment among people who are committed to realizing their dream and this perseverance is a trait any entrepreneur must have.
Evian's love for textiles and fibers began when she was just 7 as she began to learn to crochet. She then went on to graduate with a BFA in Textile Design from the Rhode Island School of Design and worked some time in New York City in the Textile Industry. 5 years ago, after visiting her mother in Grove City, PA, her and her husband, a chef at Tara - A Country Inn, decided to move to Greenville. The appeal? A small college town atmosphere and cheap real-estate. Evian then began looking for studio space where she could continue to create in the fiber arts.
Life's A Yarn, located at 218 Main Street in the old Amy's Books building, began as a quest for studio space but quickly evolved into the yarn shop that just celebrated it's opening on Saturday, May 30th. From start to open wasn't an easy process however, as Evian began a two year project, doing much of the work herself, re-purposing much of the existing business to suite her needs for the new shop. "Follow your heart and just do it!", are some words of advice from Evian who believes in following your dreams and passions. Her endurance through these past two years has produced a motivation to see Life's A Yarn a success.
"A few patches of, 'I'm never going to get this done' but balanced with working in my studio and just creating.", sums up much of working through the struggle and and seeing the success of her opening. Evian would love to see the community grow in its knowledge of the fiber arts and especially in knitting machines. It was the tactile nature of the materials that really excited Evian and developed her passion for the fiber arts and would love for others to experience it as well.
Life's A Yarn carries mostly mill ends which are name brand, but because they are the ends of the industrial sized spools, they don't actually have the brand name on them. The shop is stocked with a good variety of yarns for different applications and has a seemingly endless supply. The shop also carries some of the basic knitting supplies and will be looking to provide more machinery equipment and repair. Evian also hopes to be offering classes in the near future.
From the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce business community to Life's A Yarn, Congratulations on the opening of your store and thank you for opening your business in our area!