Purple Iris yarn shop to close this weekend

MARSHALL – The store that has been supplying area knitters with an assortment of yarn, knitting needles and how-to books will close for good Sunday.

“I’m retiring,” said Purple Iris Yarn Shop owner Janna Milbradt.

Milbradt chose Nov. 17 to shut her doors because it seemed fitting – that’s the eighth anniversary of her opening.

“I wanted to end on a positive note,” she said. “It’s been a great eight years – no regrets.”

Milbradt said her future plans include spending more time with her children and grandchildren.

In the meantime, she has been liquidating her assets with a 75 percent off sale. She has coffee and bars on a table available through Sunday as “a thank-you to the community,” she said.

“The community support has been phenomenal,” she said.

All remaining inventory will be consigned to an online liquidation company. Fixtures and decorations that haven’t been sold by Sunday will be for sale Nov. 21-23 at the shop in a kind of garage sale format, she said. Milbradt has use of the location through November.

Her husband, Marc, has already moved his business, the Marshall Sewing Center, from the Purple Iris to the Fabrics Plus building on Main Street in Marshall.