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Community Highlights: Meet Danielle Romanetti

Today we’d like to introduce you to Danielle Romanetti.

Hi Danielle, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today.
My shop is really an extension of my original business – Knit-a-Gogo, Inc., which I opened in October of 2006 to offer knitting classes in the DC metro area. Initially, I taught beginner and intermediate classes at coffee shops, bakeries, and even public libraries in and around Washington, DC. Utilizing these spaces required a solid relationship with the businesses that hosted us and has led to the collaborative philosophy that fibre space™ now maintains. As my customers grew in number, so did the community of knitters and crocheters, as well as the number of classes being offered and my staff of instructors.

Eventually, the Knit-a-Gogo community really needed a permanent home – a place where stitchers could meet outside of classes, buy quality supplies and share with other stitchers. In 2009, this dream became a reality when Knit-a-Gogo became fibre space™ and opened its doors in historic Alexandria, VA. In 2017, I was delighted to purchase a historic flatiron building that is now the permanent home of the shop.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
We opened during a major financial crisis in 2009, which did make it rather difficult to secure financing for the business. We have also endured several government closures, which almost always have a pretty large impact on retail sales in our area. Our biggest challenge over the years has been space.

We grew much faster than anticipated and had to relocate to a larger retail space after just a couple of years. I then realized that my largest potential for long-term stability was to own our building, however, our landlord wasn’t open to selling. This forced another move when we found the historic building that we are now occupying.

As you know, we’re big fans of fibre space. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about the brand?
We are a boutique yarn shop supplying yarn, needles, notions, and other supplies. Our community is one of the makers – hand knitters, crocheters, weavers, and spinners. We are committed to providing our community with high-quality, natural, and unique materials. We have a carefully curated selection of yarn and fibre from US sources, unique international makers, hard-to-find hand dyers, and more.

Our priority is to support the small and independent operations in our industry, particularly those that are woman-owned. You will find a wide selection of yarns ranging from small boutique brands to wonderful “workhorse” yarns – all organized by gauge within the store. We are known for providing a wide selection of classes and designer workshops as well as community-building events like yarn tastings, movie nights & more.

So maybe we end by discussing what matters most to you and why?
My team is the most important aspect of this business. They are the face of the company and provide the welcoming and supportive environment that we are known for.

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Jenny Markley and Sarah Marcella

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