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The BIG Move: Customer Appreciation Party and Online Raffle Details!

Saturday April 24, 2010 was our Customer Appreciation Party, in celebration of our BIG move, and we had the best time.  Thank you so much to everyone who made it out! We were reminded yet again that we have the most creative, and fun customers in the world. You guys made the party such a success!

By 11:45 there was already a group  outside our door waiting patiently for us to open. It was so exciting to see these lovely ladies  as we put the finishing touches on the store. We went out and delivered our goodie bags to these early birds to show our appreciation!

When we opened we were absolutely thrilled to see how many people came to visit us!

We had pink lemonade and a rainbow of macaroons, which made it really feel like a party!

Some of our favorite parts of the day were the raffles. We had a raffle drawing every hour and each time we gave away over fifteen prizes. Purlsoho's Jeremy called all of the winners every hour and hearing people get excited as they won was really fun. All of the prizes were so inspiring, from cashmere scarf kits from Jade Sapphire, to bundles of Liberty of London fabric, and we are looking forward to seeing all of the cool projects that get made from them! A huge thank you to all the vendors who donated raffle items.

We really enjoyed meeting all of you and spending the day together. It was just  lovely to see so many friendly faces, meet your families, and see your beautiful projects, you guys constantly inspire us! Thank you so much to those of you who came to the party and also to those of you who were there in spirit!

And speaking of those people who couldn't make it to the party, our online raffle was also a smashing success! Here is a list of who won what:

Rosario Benavides of Rye, New York won the Liberty Fat Quarter Bundle.

Marie Litwinowica of Paris, France won the Manly Scarf Kit

Carrie McDougall of Fitzroy North, Australia won the Wool Felt Bundles

Jennifer Beeman of Chicago Illinois won the Gregarious Grosbeaks Charley Harper Needlepoint Canvas. You can check out her cute blog here.

Thank you to everyone who participated, we wish we could send a prize to each and evey one of you!  The four lucky winners were so gracious and excited (and so international!) We can't wait to see what they make with their prizes.  --The Purl Bee

P.S. The photos of our party were taken by Alethea Cheng Fitzpatrick Photography, a NYC based contemporary baby, child and family photographer. Alethea is also a knitter and longtime Purl Soho customer.  She is currently running a spring giveaway and fundraiser. Click here to enter to win free photo sessions, prints and more, and support Baby Basics NYC, a non-profit organization providing mentoring, education and diapers to working poor families.

Reader Comments (15)

I need the recipe for those cookies! They look amazing :)
May 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDominique
congrats winners:: the opening looks smashing!
May 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterangelina
They really do! Yum! Are they from Confiserie Sprungli?
May 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle
Congratulations! It looks like everyone had a lot of fun. And special congrats to my fellow Aussie who won the raffle online.
May 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMunaiba
Oh, I wish I could have been there to celebrate with you. What an amazing store!!! And you have an amazing staff and blog. Thank you so much for what you do!!!!
May 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmily Clark
congratulations to all the winners. the new store is a crafting wonderland!
May 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercindy
congratulations on the move - the shop looks fantastic...wish I lived closer! Or maybe not - I think I'd spend my life savings in there!!!
May 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterminimills and bloom
I'm sorry that I couldn't make it to the party, but compensated a bit by making my first visit to the new shop last Thursday. I was so happy to be there and a bit overwhelmed by all the choices and colors! I also must say how sweet your staff members all are!
You can see my description of my visit on my blog here:

xoxo Jennifer
May 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter*gemmifer*
Looks like it was a blast! I had a good time just reading about it and seeing all of the colorfully inspiring pics :)
May 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKate
Looks like you had a great day, but are there no men interested in knitting over there? My sons love knitting and other handwork.
(Nita in Sweden)
May 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNita
I was lucky enough to be in NYC on the Tuesday after your big opening so that I could see the store "in person". It's beautiful! I could have stayed there all day, except I had to catch a train back home. What great space and the neighborhood is fun, too. My other half enjoyed spending time in Rudy's (a few doors down) and salivating over the Paul reed Smith guitars. We had great drinks at Cafe Cafe around the corner, too. And, of course, I bought more yarn and roving for my respective stashes! :-) I'm working on a clapotis now using the Manos Rittenhouse. Can't wait to see it completed.
May 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSue Smith
Wow! The pictures tell me that I missed a truly great event! I can't wait to visit. I am saving for a day of neighborhood exploring!
May 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertonya
that first photo is gorgeous! the shop is so very pretty!

I read the fiction series about a NYC knitting club in a yarn shop..and YOUR shop is exactly what I pictured the fictional shop to be like!
May 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersunny
Hi, I'm here again :)
I'm so happy to see this photos... I wish sucess for you and your big store :)
Hugs of Brazil :)
May 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLĂ­gia
I know I'm a little late to the party with this post, but I can't wait for my next semester of school to start so I can be back in New York and go to the new location! The wall of yarn in the new store looks absolutely luscious.
July 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

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