Q: How did Cozy come about and how long have you been in business?
A: Deb Nickell, co-owner, Cozy opened 9/8/2001, and I never say that date that I don’t think about what happened a few days later. The store that was in our location prior to Cozy was Fiberspace. It was owned by my dear friend and now Cozy employee, Lise Ebel. Fiberspace sold many things related to fiber including yarn, and Margaret Urban was the yarn manager there as well. I think of the yarn department at Cozy as our legacy from Fiberspace and it would not be as successful as it is without Margaret. I was ready to retire in 2011 but luckily for me, and for Cozy, my friend Emily Wexler decided to become a co-owner. She had been the store manager for many years and knows the business backwards and forwards. We recently celebrated our first anniversary as partners.
Q: What makes Cozy unique?
A: Deb Nickell, The inspiration for Cozy was a handful of small businesses in other cities that had diverse merchandise in one store. None were exactly like Cozy, and Cozy has certainly evolved in its 11 year history. Though we have an eclectic array of merchandise, from yarn to shoes, I think the thing that makes us stand out is our employees. There are 10 of us now, and we have worked together for many years. We love what we do, and all love to knit and/or crochet…and enjoy our Danskos!
Q: What does Cozy enjoy most about participating in the Triangle Yarn Crawl?
A: Margaret Urban, I love the opportunity to meet new people during the yarn crawls! We might not have the most yarn, but we love the way the yarn department fits in with the rest of the shop. I often refer to Cozy as “a sort of chick department store.” (Not that we don’t value our male customers who knit and crochet, but where else can you find yarn, great clothing, local jewelry, shoes, accessories, and clever gifts all in one great location?)
Q: Is there anything else Cozy would like to share with TYC readers?
A: Margaret Urban, We have free help hours six days a week. Of course we give priority to those who are working with our materials, but if it’s quiet we’re happy to take a look at your other projects.
770 9th Street
Durham, NC 27705
Monday–Friday 11 am–7 pm
Saturday 10 am–6 pm
Sunday 12 noon–5 pm