Yesterday, do to looking for a dress or tunic to wear to an event, I spent some time window shopping and browsing along Main St. Unfortunately, 2 of my favorite stores have gone out of business, and a few have turned over since I had last been in, including a store that had been a consignment space for independent lines -Hopefully the just moved. My friends used to have a great store before the rent went up a few years ago in same space. The replacement store was like etsy (before I knew about it) in a storefront. Now it is a luxury children's store.
After browsing several boutiques, and avoiding the newer chain stores, I ended up making a purchase for "supplies: at The Urban Craft Center. Located a convenient 7 or 8 block walk from my place, it is also a block from the Beach, and a popular local surf spot at Bay St, famous for the Lords of Doggtown, and minutes from the pier. This store offers a summer crafting camp for kids, and has a variety of hemp, wool, and cotton yarns. They also have fabric, felting supplies, sewing machines, and space for quilt blocking and working on projects. What is great about this store, is much of the housing in the area is apartments, condos, and small houses, that in many cases, were built as weekend beach homes, and are short on a lot of crafting space. It is also in a great plaza to hang out at, and near tons of unique shopping down on Main Street.