Don’t mistake it for a candy shop.
Candy Skein, a sweet-themed yarn and accessory shop, is opening in the former La Luna Loca storefront at the corner of Duane and 12th streets in the Liberty Theatre Building in November.
Owners Kurt and Tami Klockau, both former workers in the entertainment industry, started the business in 2011 in San Diego and have so far operated online and through various events.
A friend in Oregon City convinced them to visit the Oregon Coast for the first time several years ago. They took a liking to Astoria and relocated a year ago, jumping on the former La Luna Loca space when it became available.
“Astoria embraces small business,” Kurt Klockau said. “It’s just been absolutely fantastic. There are so many artists up here, so many craftspeople.”
The name Candy Skein references her love of candy and the crafting term “skein,” a length of thread or yarn loosely coiled and knotted, Tami Klockau said. The name also riffs off of candy cane.
The Klockaus source their yarn from a cruelty free mill in Italy and from other local suppliers, dying it themselves in various candy themed colors. The couple also makes accessories such as stitch markers, pins, kits and patterns, and have reached out to locals about making other value-added products with their yarn.
The former La Luna Loca clothing store was marked by deep purples and a world map left over from the previous tenant, Columbia Travel Agency. The Klockaus have been busy painting over the walls and creating a midcentury modern look with the aesthetics of a candy shop.
In addition to selling their yarns and accessories, the Klockaus will also hold classes, board game and sip-and-craft events, along with movie nights paired with the theme of new yarn lines.
“We see this more of a community space that has retail,” Tami Klockau said.
The couple is planning a soft opening in the first week of November while still building up their stock.