Pin #4 drops on Ewebiquitous in Lititz, PA!
Ewebiquitous is a cute, little fiber arts shop located on Main Street in historic Lititz, PA–a town that was voted “Coolest Small Town In America” in 2013. Here are a few of the many reasons that you just HAVE to come to Lititz and visit us at Ewebiquitous……
FF&WY: Why/when/how did your shop come to be?
EWE: Creating, planning, organizing, starting, and running not just a yarn shop, but a fiber arts shop, has been a goal of mine starting in my 40s as something that I wanted to do sometime in my 50s. The only thing that I didn’t know was that God saw it fit for me to open my doors for business not even one month after I turned 50! It was all about being in the right place at the right time for the doors of opportunity to open for me!
The credit for the name, “Ewebiquitous” goes out to my college friend, Paul, who studied with me at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Paul always prided himself on using big words; this is probably why he is a successful neurosurgeon today! Ha! Well, he used the word ubiquitous back in 1987 and it always stuck with me. Well, being one that loves to have a play on words, I opted to alter the spelling a bit and, as a result, Ewebiquitous was born!
FF&WY: What makes your shop unique?
EWE: Ewebiquitous is a very new shop and just celebrated its 16-month birthday. We not only offer a wide variety of yarns for knitting and crocheting, but we also carry wool yardage and materials for rug hooking, needle punch supplies, perle cotton threads, needles and hoops, rug braiding supplies, and a plethora of notions, needles, and gifts. And, oh, did I mention that we carry a host of little felted pouches from a certain company located in Vermont?
The other aspect of Ewebiquitous that we pride ourselves on is the promotion of the creative works and talents of artisans from 11 different states and Prince Edward Island. We promote a number of artisans that are local residents of Lititz, in addition to the surrounding area. Every Second Friday of the month, we feature a different artisan and promote their talent and have them in the shop for a live demonstration with the hopes of not only promoting an interest in that artisan’s work but also an interest in perpetuating that specific craft.
FF&WY: What do you love about Lititz?
Geez, where do I begin??? Let me start by saying that my first visit to Lititz was as a college student back in 1985 with my future father-in-law. He knew Lititz and the surrounding rolling acres of farmland located in Lancaster County like the back of his hand. I remember strolling down Main Street for the very first time and totally being taken aback by the quaintness of the town, how clean it was, how everyone was so pleasant, church bells ringing from every corner, and the ducks coming out of the stream to be fed like they were on cue! And then there is the chocolate….. oh, the heavenly chocolate that Wilbur’s Chocolate Factory
creates. Hershey may have their Kisses, but let me tell you that the Wilbur Bud, whether it be milk or dark, has it all over the little Kiss! Wilbur’s has been a staple to Lititz and has put us on the map for 113 years! And, by the way as a consumer note, when you visit the factory to sample your first buds and can’t decide how many bags to buy, it is cheaper to buy a 5 lb. box!
Of course, what is the next best thing to chocolate you ask? Why, pretzels of course! And if you are smart enough to come to Lititz, then you have to visit Sturgis Pretzels, the first commercial pretzel factory in America, dating back to 1861. Here, you not only learn their history, but you get to make your own pretzel as well! And no trip is complete until you stop by their store and indulge in some pretzels, especially the chocolate caramel covered ones! Just saying….
And then there is our local pub, The Bull’s Head Public House, was recently honored as the Best Beer Bar in Pennsylvania. I mention them, Wilbur’s and Sturgis Pretzels since they are from as few as a 100 steps (The Bull’s Head)–OK, if you take big steps it is even closer–to right around the corner or right down the street for the other two! But, in all seriousness, I have tried to highlight what we are known for. What you might not see listed in the travel brochures is the generosity and kindness of the people that call Lititz home. I say this because, as I noted in the beginning, my goal for my 50s was to open a fiber shop in Lititz. What I didn’t mention was that my goal for my 40s was to purchase a home in this beautiful little town. I did accomplish that, however, I don’t actually live there. I am a full-time resident of New Jersey and I make the 82 mile junket each and every weekend to run my shop. Who would do this unless the location of their shop was in Utopia?
In the 31 years since my first visit to Lititz I knew that this was a place that I wanted to call home one day. It was the place that I wanted to take my method of relaxing and turn it into a business. I have a long way to go, but I have been truly blessed with everyone and everything that has crossed my path since I started on this journey. My creative and entrusted employees: Jeannot, the knowledgable and ever so polite and courteous one; Kate, my friendly Southern Belle who is just so good at everything; Rhianna, the bagpipe playing knitter and artisan; and Io, the master at knitting and crocheting, especially socks! These ladies are the backbone of Ewebiquitous. They are the “Me” when I am not there since I work a full time job. These ladies bring their talents with them everyday and promote the upbeat aura that I want relayed to my customers. We have strived to create a visually stimulating atmosphere for the customers to enjoy. My goal is for you to want to come back, not only because of our merchandise and classes offered or that we strive to know “Who” you are when you grace our door, but more importantly, that we are a small company and that we are constantly on the hunt to bring you the handworks of artisans from all over the country. My goal is to not be like every other yarn store and so far it’s working!
Jeannot, Kate, and Io
EWE: I have a passion for Lititz and for how it and its people that I have been blessed to meet have changed my life for the better. I promise that if you get your map out and project 40.1573169 Latitude and -76.3069014 Longtitude that you won’t be disappointed, other than to wonder why you didn’t experience the charms of this town previously. So, here’s hoping that you grace our door one day!
Oh, Anne, thank you so much for sharing the story of Ewebiquitous
with us! We hope to visit in real life
very soon, as we’re sure some of our readers will!