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North Evanston yarn shop closing

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Montoya Fiber Studio, a yarn shop on Prairie Avenue just off Central Street, is closing after nearly 13 years in business.

Owner Cathy Montoya, in an email to customers, said she and her husband Fred have decided to take some time off and travel.

She says her shop was immediately successful when it opened, because at the time knitting with novelty yarns was reaching a peak, but that now, with the ever-expanding reach of the internet and changes in the credit card industry and the need to be totally active on social media, "I've reached a point in my life where I need to make a change."

Starting today the store, at 2566 Prairie Ave., is having a going out of business sale with all regularly priced merchandise 30 percent off. Montoya says she expects to shut the store completely before the end of March.

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