Tuesday, February 7, 2012

? Did you know... Birkeland Bros. Wool will be closing as of March 1, 2012 UPDATE: Rejuventation October 2014

 Birkeland Bros. Wool 

Has Moved

 north of #1 Highway, 33739 Essendene Ave, Abbotsford BC.

Updated June 17, 2012

Additional Info on Did You Know sidebar

Moving Accomplished 

In the Province financial Help ($18,100) is needed:

.................. About 80 per cent of Canadian wool goes to China where it is bleached and processed using cheap labour, he continued. If local farmers want to get their wool processed elsewhere, the closest place is Alberta, but shipping is very costly.

“We want to set up our business to support local sheep producers,” he said.

On October 17, a few days shy of the Kickstarter deadline, Birkeland accomplished its goal, thanks to the help of loyal customers, local spinners and weavers guilds and an international social media site called Ravelry, which brings together knitters and crocheters. Donations are still being accepted through the Birkeland’s website at www.vancouverwoolshop.com.


Though this space is hosted by Birkeland Bros. Wool, all content is provided by the Guild.


Small business makes up 98 per cent of all businesses in the B.C., and last year, there were approximately 391,700 small businesses operating in the province, employing over a million British Columbians.
In North Vancouver, Garden Works store in Edgemont Village has had to close its doors, suddenly, in late December (2011) because of the property becoming too valuable to be a .... Garden.  Maybe that's one example of over simplification of why our neighbourhoods are changing but if 98% of small businesses make up all businesses in BC does that then mean we are getting mighty close to that same "99%" versus the "1%" factor here where the Vancouver Art Gallery northern steps were a focal point?

Did you know that Birkeland Bros. on Main Street in Vancouver, will be closing as of March 1, 2012?

"Birkeland Bros. Wool would like to thank you for your patronage over the last 73 years. We have enjoyed helping, laughing, and sharing your wool dreams. You are not only our customers - many of you have also become our friends.

This decision has not come easily. My grandfather founded the business, and my father took over until his retirement due to illness. About 15 years ago, parallel to a nursing career, I started to expand Birkeland Bros. Wool into its current format of supplying a wide variety of products for crafts and fibre arts.

A wonderful community has formed around our business, and it has been much fun, and you as customers have contributed to 2011 being one of the most successful years in the history of Birkeland Bros. Wool.

Nevertheless, health reasons have forced me to re-assess my options and consider drastic changes. With pride about what my family, our staff, and you as a community have achieved, and with sadness that all good things will have to transform at some point in time, I have decided to close the doors of Birkeland Bros Wool, and focus on new horizons." SNIP

This may be a Small business on the outside, but it certainly has made a large footprint on whom they have served over its 73 year life span, within the community.

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