Grant #510

Classy Stitches

November 21, 2022

Parker Avenue—a Yarn Shop in Detroit—Is Stitching Together Community

Sally Moore learned to knit as a kid growing up in Detroit. Three decades later, she picked the habit back up as a meditative break from her demanding work in litigation law. In the process, she connected with like-minded women (and a few men!) in her area who also found a sense of calm in the fiber arts, but she wanted a place for them to gather. In 2021, she opened Parker Avenue—a space full of color and positive vibes that just so happens to be the lone Black-owned shop for knitters and crocheters in the metro Detroit area. 

The store has become a seamless part of the local fiber arts scene, and Sally wants to make sure no one misses out on what the medium has to offer. These hobbies teach discipline, math skills, and creative design, as well as fostering a sense of accomplishment and camaraderie. Our funds will help her bring those benefits to local students and seniors. 

With our grant, Parker Avenue will provide knitting/crocheting materials to 50 students and host free lessons for seniors in store. “Big box stores can provide economical yarn, but Parker Avenue provides a colorful welcoming,” Sally says. “We are stitching together a better community.”

Category: Art, Community, Culture, Education