The Association of Independent Yarn Shop owners has been set up to help support local yarn shops (LYS), and give them a place to share skills and information.
If you're an independent yarn shop owner, you can find out more about the group on their website.
For knitters and crocheters, don't forget to support your LYS too – "shop local" and help secure their future. They're an invaluable source of knitting and crochet advice and news, and are great for discussing your WIPs and next projects.
On this map you can find details of all the shops who've joined AIYSO.