Susan's Fiber Shop is an incredible amalgamation of fiber crafts. It is in a barn-like structure, which I suspect really was a barn of some sort. You can hear sheep baaa'ing outside, which really adds to the atmosphere. Since they have so much room, stock turnover doesn't seem to be a high priority (for example, there is a huge backlog of books, though of course no old Alice Starmore!). There is also quite a bit of bulk yarn on scones. There is a mixture of high-end yarn (Noro, Manos, Mountain Colors) and more generic yarn. Unfortunately, even though their overhead is lower, the yarns are still at the MSRP.
What I really appreciated, though, was looking at things for other fiber crafts. There are looms and spinning wheels (and drop spindles), and the accoutrements that go with them. Also, the extended book collection (dyeing, spinning, weaving, needlecraft, soapmaking...) was interesting to browse through. I wish I had had more time to look through the dyeing books.
Mariann taught me how to use a drop spindle, even providing free wool roving for the project. I explained about the possibility of getting silk from silkworms used to feed Mr. Underhill, the bearded lizard. She showed me the silk in various stages (cocoons, caps, and roving) and pointed me to a very useful online website, Wormspit, run by Michael Cook. I ended up getting a drop spindle, wool roving, 10 silk cocoons (complete with surprise in every package, unfortunately), and two books on spinning. Including tax, it only came to $45, which I thought was a great deal.