…Patricia Scribner owner of Patricia’s Yarns. This week I had the good fortune to sit down with Patricia and ask her a few questions about her yarn shop and Hoboken in general. I hope to do a few more of these posts in the future; contingent on finding willing victims!
Aptenodytes Forsteri (AF): Hi Patricia and thanks for inviting me to your shop today. First off how long have you been in the business of selling yarn?
Patricia Scribner (PS): It will be 6 years in August. Initially we were located on 7th and Washington, but in April 2007 we moved to our current location at 107 4th St. between Washington and Bloomfield.
AF: Do you live in Hoboken, and if so, do you live uptown or downtown?
PS: Yes I am a Hoboken resident. I live uptown in a building that caught my eye when I first moved here in 2000, it took me six years to actually buy the place, so I’m hardly a Realtors dream customer.
AF: So having lived here for around 10 years do you have any ‘top tips’ for living in Hoboken that you would like to share with our readers?
PS: Sure, you have to eat Grimaldi’s pizza and learn how to knit!
AF: Sitting here surrounded by all this yarn I have a sudden urge to knit. How would a fat-fingered penguin such as myself go about learning to knit?
PS: We run classes out of the shop weekday evenings between 7:00-8:30pm, or you can arrange private lessons by appointment to suit your schedule. We’ve been teaching knitting in the shop since we opened, and I’m proud to say we have a 100% graduation rate.
AF: If you don’t mind me asking what kind of demographic do you have attending your classes?
PS: It’s mostly ladies between the ages of 25-45 with the occasional gentlemen.
AF: Excuse me for correcting you on a previous question, but with that answer I think you may have unwittingly added a third ‘top tip’ for any single guys in town! Anyway let’s get back on track. We are sitting here in yarn heaven, how many lines do you carry?
PS: We don’t actually classify our stock by lines, but we deal with 11 suppliers, most notably Rowan, Koigu, Manos Del Uruguay and Madeline Tosh.
AF: What is your best selling yarn?
PS: Definitely the Madeline Tosh. It’s hand dyed to order which takes from 6 to 8 weeks; so I’m patiently waiting for my order from January 26th.
AF: What is your 10 year vision for the Washington Street commercial district of Hoboken and do you think it will be taken over by chain stores?
PS: I think if the landlords are reasonable then Washington Street can be a happy place for a diverse group of businesses and retailers. As for the chain stores they seem to be in every town these days and I don’t see Hoboken being any different going forward.
AF: I’d like to congratulate you on your recent Community Service Award from the Hoboken St. Patrick’s Parade committee. Do you have any aspirations to use this award as a springboard to run for the office of Mayor of Hoboken in the future?
PS: No. No I don’t want to be Mayor.
AF: OK, no ambiguity with that answer. Let’s finish off with a few quick fire questions. Patricia, what is your favorite bagel, coffee and pizza in town?
PS: Hoboken Hot Bagels (634 Washington St.), Empire Coffee & Tea Co.(338 Bloomfield St.), Grimaldi’s (133 Clinton St.).
AF: Thanks for taking the time to speak with us today Patricia, and best of luck with the future.
Patricia’s Yarns, 107 4th St., Hoboken
Tues-Thur: 12 – 7 pm
Fri-Sun: 12 – 6 pm
Click HERE for class schedule