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Throwback: Colourful shop opens in Ladner Village

Maisie for years had worked for a law practice before making the switch to run her own business
Maisie Allison, wife of Delta police sergeant Bob Allison, opened a colourful wool shop on Delta Street in 1969.

Let’s head back to September 1969 when a new wool shop opened for business in Ladner Village.

Maisie Allison, wife of Delta Police Sgt. Bob Allison, opened the store at 4831 Delta St. after having received a knitting machine as a gift, then discovering her calling.

She said she was tired of having to drive to Vancouver or Richmond to buy wool.

“I thought there must be hundreds of Delta women with knitting machines who could use wool,” she said.

Called Maisie’s Wool Shop, the store was in a space formerly occupied by the insurance business of Ted Towers.

The shop, with its highly colourful interior display of wools and intriguing exterior signage, brought an entirely new look to the busy street corner.

She also sold knitting machines, needles, measures and patterns.