What is The Black Squirrel?
The concept for The Black Squirrel started back in August of 2014. Chase Clark, the owner and curator of the shop, had always wanted to open a retail space that would be filled with inspiring fabric, yarn, and craft supplies, and incorporate a fun workshop area, to inspire creativity in her local community. The plan had taken various forms over many years, but really came together during her time in the South Bay, where black squirrels played on the fence outside her studio window. The black squirrels were a lovely personification of crafters - who always tend to stash supplies for a rainy day, and who regard their skills as something to rely on in tough times. The acorns in the logo not only represent the squirrels, but also the roots of the shop, both in Paso Robles, CA (which translates to Pass of the Oaks), where the owner grew up, and in Oakland, CA, where the retail storefront will eventually flourish.
In October of 2015 The Black Squirrel launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund the retail and online shops, and while we didn't hit our main goal, we did raise enough money to open the online version of the shop! Every item has been chosen with the utmost care. Yarns are purchased from small, independent, and local dyers whenever possible, and each one is seen and touched in person before we order it to make sure it lives up to our standards of softness and quality.
Right now our workspace is very limited, so we're starting the online shop slowly with just our favorite yarns and supplies. In the future we will be adding fabrics and more tools as well. As we expand the online shop, all profits will be put back into the business to help it grow, so every purchase made gets us closer to opening our amazing retail space.