The city of Evanston is hosting Community Day this Saturday, October 26 from 10p.m. to 5p.m., with local businesses participating. Customers can shop a select list of local businesses, and they can choose which of ten charities and non-profit organizations in the area will benefit from a portion of their purchase. One participating store is the local yarn shop on the north side of Evanston, Montoya Fiber Studio.
The way the promotion works is that participating businesses on and near Central Street choose a percentage of proceeds of sales to donate that day, and then during their normal business hours, customers can purchase from their store and choose which charity will benefit from their purchase. Montoya is open from 11a.m. to 4p.m. on Saturday, and purchases of yarn and needles are eligible for donation to the list of charities.
The list of charities from which to choose can be found here; organizations which will benefit include an animal shelter, the public library, a youth organization, and several others. Other participating stores in the area include a pet bakery, dance-gear shop, several boutiques, a salon, a toy shop, and other businesses as well.
For knitters, Montoya Fiber Studio is a yarn shop worth the commute if you are in the city or outlying suburbs. It is located one block west of the Central Street CTA Purple Line and Metra stops, and there is ample street parking as well. Montoya carries many favorite yarn brands including Malabrigo, Lamb's Pride, Classice Elite Yarns and Debbie Bliss as well as many others. The yarn shop will donate 10% of customers' purchases to charity that day, and customers may either bring in a flier or one will be provided for the customer to choose which charity their proceeds will benefit.
Montoya is also a friend to non-profit organization Halos of Hope, which donates chemo caps to any cancer patient who needs one. Halos of Hope, based in Arlington Heights, currently has a call for adult hats, as their current hat ratio is 3:1 for kids to adults. Customers can purchase supplies on Community Day, make a hat or two for Halos of Hope, and two or more charities can then benefit from one purchase.
Montoya Fiber Studio, a close-knit community knitting shop, has recently celebrated its ten-year anniversary of being in business. For more information, please contact the Central Street Business Association, or call Montoya Fiber Studio during normal business hours at 847-869-1089.
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