Get Wrapped Up in Twine At This Hopewell Shop

Big fun happens in Twine, a cozy, quirky store.

Twine owner Melissa Cookman welcomes customers on the lookout for unexpected treasures.
Twine owner Melissa Cookman welcomes customers on the lookout for unexpected treasures.
Photo by Frank Vernonsky

If you’re looking for a hip gift or just need a reason to smile, drop into Twine, a whimsical shop in Hopewell.  Effervescent owner Melissa Cookman engages customers as they discover the treasures tucked inside her 1,500-square-foot space. The shop has quickly established itself as a community hub.

Step inside the playful Mercer County store and you’ll notice a tiny sign displayed behind the cash register. It reads: “If you break it, we put it in the wrong place.”

The shop has earned a reputation for unusual and irreverent merchandise and cards. “You won’t find typical Hallmark cards here,” Cookman says.  Stuffed animals, wrapping paper, crazy socks, soy candles, soap, games, buttons, string, jewelry and candy all find a happy home at Twine. Cookman, who grew up in the book business, also stocks “off-the-beaten-path books you don’t usually see prominently displayed.”

Twine sells fun stuff like authentic sports memorabilia. Mets fans ask for the leather wallet that opens to reveal a fabric swatch from a game-worn uniform, along with a hologram that tells who wore it and when. Yankees fans like the unique bottle opener crafted from an authenticated game-used bat.

Regular customers know about the “maker’s space,” a back room dedicated to crafts. For $20 an hour, patrons can go crazy with paint, crayons, rubber stamps, old books and more. The kid- and pet-friendly space is popular with customers of all ages. “Adults can even bring their own wine,” Cookman says. The maker’s space is open during regular hours or for private parties. Tweens and teens are invited on weekdays after school from 3 to 5 pm for $15 a session.

Twine has a spacious backyard used for outdoor movies in spring and summer.  Films are shown on the side of an old, abandoned moving truck. Cookman will kick off her “Hollywood & Twine” program on April 28, with a Harry Potter feature. The cost of movie, popcorn and beverage is $10 for adults, with discounts for kids.  Bring your own chair and join the fun.

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