FREEPORT — Jeffrey Wall and Dennis Rinkenberger moved to Freeport nearly 10 years ago to become small business entrepreneurs.
The couple had lived and worked in Chicago, but wanted to move to Wall’s home in the town of Freeport to create a quiet life for themselves and to be part of the local business community.
They started small by opening up The Wall of Yarn on Stephenson Street in downtown. The cozy shop specializes in Scandinavian yarn, and offers a wide selection of yarns, needles and hooks. They also have classes for those who want to try their hand at learning the art of knitting, crochet and felting.
With the success of the Wall of Yarn, which opened in 2011, the couple became known as the “yarn guys,” which led them to business venture No. 2 called The Yarn Guys, making them the sole North American distributor of yarn from