You are the reason we do what we do
How Shirley’s Yarns & Gifts became a reality
What started as a way to supply one lady with quality yarn has turned into a well-loved establishment. We are thrilled that everyone who shops with us receives a product worthy of all of your one of a kind creations.
~ Shirley Jones, Founder
The story of Shirley’s Yarns & Gifts began in 1972 when Shirley Jones, an avid knitter, was lamenting the fact that she couldn’t find quality yarn in the area.
She knew if she was struggling, many others were too. She decided to open her own yarn shop.
Her husband, Dick Jones, was busy with his own business selling mobile homes. He offered to give her a little space in his office building, to open what he thought would be a small business.
Boy was he wrong!
As her business grew, and grew, AND GREW, he added more and more space.
Shirley’s (as the locals call it) is now a substantial year-round business that carries so much more than yarn. On any given day, you can find cake decorations, games, puzzles, toys, baby shower gifts, fudge, jams & jellies, books by local Maine authors for adults and children, as well as art supplies, needlepoint, cross-stitch and latch hook rugs. Oh, and let’s not forget, loads of cubbies and racks filled to the brim with yummy, squishable, high quality yarn.