I really think my LYS Knit'n'Knibble in Tampa, FL is close to the perfect LYS. It is big enough to offer a good selection and small enough to be homey and welcoming. Yesterday was the 6th anniversary of the store. The space next to the store is currently empty so the owner of the lys was able to get use of the empty store for a day. She had tables and chairs brought in and invited (email) all of her customers to come for a day of knitting. The store had some great sales. The owner had managed to get lots of giveaways from her venders. She had drawings throughout the day. I won a 10 skein package of Cascade Pima SIlk in purple, my friend won a scarf kit by Rowan. There was a fashion show after lunch (pizza)and many of the ladies showed items they had knitted. I know the store sold a bunsh of stuff as most of the day there was a long line at the register. There were 6 people at my table and we averaged about $175 spent each. We all had a great day and appreciate the work the storre owner and staff put into planning and execution.
Sounds wonderful. Lucky you. One of our local store owners has invited my knitting group to come and shop on Sun. all by ourself for 2 hrs. We can bring in coffee and shop to our hearts content. Going everywhere in the store including the back. We are all very excited and have started to make a list of what we want. Shop owners that do this kind of thing are smart and savy and that is why they do good business.
We have a sit'n'knit every Monday night. There are tables, a sofa, a corner booth (from an old cafe), and we sit and yak and knit and share. Often for birthdays, the b-day girl (we have a few guys come, but mostly women) will bring treats. We've had everthing from Kahlua malts to cinnamon rolls. We have regulars that drive 40 to 50 miles to come. I give my LYS 5 stars!