Urban Girl Yarns opens studio in the suburbs

Founder Shelia Anderson at her new studio on 10962 Richardson Rd. (Photos by Josh Cozine)

RICHMOND, Va. — Shelia Anderson was being overtaken by yarn hanging from her doors and chairs, littering all her tables. She realized it was time to take her business out of her home in Jackson Ward.

Anderson recently decided to rent commercial space at 10962 Richardson Road in Ashland for her brand, Urban Girl Yarns, which dyes yarn in colorful, creative patterns, and resells it online and to specialty yarn shops.

Always a city dweller, hence the Urban Girl name, Anderson grew up in Chicago’s South Side, where her love of yarn started in the 1960s at age seven in a park recreation center.

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