Business Digest

Business Digest

October 11, 2004

Columbia residents open yarn store in Oakland Center

A new specialty yarn store, All About Yarn, has opened in Columbia. Owners Karen Thiem and Cindy Jones, both Columbia residents, think the store will fill a local need for high-end specialty wool, cotton and novelty synthetic yarns.

They plan to employ their daughters, Amanda Thiem, 17, and Miglena Jones, 18, who are teammates on Special Olympics Howard County volleyball, basketball and bocce teams.

The mothers met at a basketball practice last winter and found they had in common a love of knitting and a desire to help their daughters in the working world.

The store opened Oct 8 in the Oakland Center, at 8970 G, Route 108, near Red Branch Road. Its owners plan to offer classes in knitting and crocheting, patterns, needles, hooks and other notions.

Information: 410-992-KNIT.

Cancer society fund-raiser seeks corporate sponsors

Howard County's 2005 Relay for Life, an overnight community fund-raising event for the American Cancer Society, is seeking sponsors. The all-night walk/run will be held June 10 and 11 at a location to be announced.

The event opens with a reception for cancer survivors and a survivors' walk around the first lap. Participants light candles along the track to honor victims and survivors.

Corporate sponsorships are available on several levels and will be recognized on the relay's Web site, in its program and depending on the level of sponsorship, on T-shirts, banners and publicity.

Businesses can form teams of eight to 15 people to raise money before the relay and participate in the event. Each team collects at least $100 plus a $10 commitment fee for each member.

Information: 410-781-4316.

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