Even if it is a nice store, I'm sorry, but opening two blocks away from an existing store is not a nice thing to do at all. There is plenty of room in this town for everyone, but using the same tactics as competing pharmacies is not attractive. I'm surprised Malabrigo agreed to sell to both locations; usually distributors are more discerning than that.
It's always so quiet when I go into Dublin Bay, which makes me sad because it's such a beautiful store. They seem to have really made the effort to carry a lot of yarns that you can't get anywhere else, especially in the luxury category. I only wish I could afford to buy them more often...
Fancy, but friendly! Lots of lovely things, mostly in the higher pricing and quality ranges. Very downtown boutique-y. Shibui yarns are absolutely lovely, and they wrap everything up nicely. Sure, you probably pay a little extra for that pretty tissue paper, but it makes you feel oh-so-special, haha.
The staff usually leaves you to your own devices, which is generally fine with me, though I've had to wait a long time to get a question answered once or twice. Great selection, though a lot of it is sorta "eh" (more novelty yarns here than you'll get at most places.) The addi's are behind the counter now, which annoys me for some reason. I'm also pretty sad that they got rid of their cafe area. Now that Abundant is gone, there is pretty much nowhere to eat and sit and knit (Twisted has tea, but that's not quite the same as a full-on coffee shop.)
Very friendly, good selection, and a lot of more affordably priced yarn than some of the other places in town. Don't miss the sock wall!
Small, but they sure fit a lot of nice stuff in there! Great cozy atmosphere, though despite the couches, I don't feel like I should stick around to knit. Luckily there are plenty of other places on Alberta to have a cuppa and hang out when you're done yarn shopping.