New businesses bring new products and services to town

Apples to Oranges Yarn Store - Silverton, OR 97381

(Sara Nathan and Paul Zona discuss knitting and yarns at Apples to Oranges)

As featured in Our Town

By Dixon Bledsoe

If you haven’t taken a shopping trip in historic downtown Silverton lately, then you don’t know what you are missing! First Friday, July 5 – is a great time to visit shops and restaurants as well as visit with friends. Below is an exciting new businesses to discover:

Apples to Oranges

When a knitting shop closed its doors this spring, the yarn crowd lost a warm and friendly place to gather to practice their craft and learn new skills.

Laurie Carter saw the void and wanted to fill the gap. Apples to Oranges opened its doors June 14, and has its official opening planned for July 5 – First Friday. The place is packed with color, from yarn to puzzles, and quilts to hats. Lynn William’s quilts are featured on the walls, and the wall displays yarn of every color imaginable.

Carter, a Silverton city councilor, came up with the name in a simple yet clever way.

“Laurie likes the idea of taking something, like a colorful piece of string, and turning it into something new and totally different,” explains Kelly Forster, who operates the store. The new shop will also feature classes and workshops. Even if you don’t knit, stop by and take a look. Its vibrant yarn in every hue is sure to inspire you to pick up some needles and learn how.

There is a beginning knitting and a crochet class from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday nights as well as classes for more experienced knitters and crocheters.

Every Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. Carter invites people to come and knit a few rows to “unwind” from a busy day.

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