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Hobby Lobby Opens in Palm Coast, Florida

Yesterday (Monday, August 1st), Hobby Lobby celebrated the grand opening of its newest store. Normally, a nearly 700 store chain opening a new store wouldn’t be news on Scrapbook Update, especially as Hobby Lobby is on track to open 50 new stores in 2016. But this new Hobby Lobby store is in the suburban Florida town where I live, about halfway between St. Augustine and Daytona Beach. So that made it newsworthy, around here at least.

Hobby Lobby Palm Coast

Hobby Lobby’s new 46,000 square foot Palm Coast store is in a former Publix grocery store building that is one of the oldest commercial structures in Palm Coast. It’s part of what was the city’s aging former Palm Harbor shopping center, that is in the process of being almost completely bulldozed and reborn as the more upscale “Island Walk”. The building containing the new Hobby Lobby is one of the last parts of the complex to be made over, and one of the few sections to be renovated rather than rebuilt. Until very recently the building was still occupied by Publix, as they awaited completion of their new store next door in the shopping center.

This choice of location is emblematic of Hobby Lobby’s way of selecting real estate. The company seems to prefer others’ abandoned retail spaces as locations for their stores, instead of building new from the ground up. In the NE Florida area alone, Hobby Lobby has built in a former Publix (Palm Coast), a Steinmart (Gainesville), a movie theatre (Daytona Beach), and an Albertson’s (Apopka), among others.

The only local exception to this that I’m aware of is a recently announced store in Jacksonville, which is planned to open in 2017 and which will be in a new development being built across from the expansive St. John’s Town Center luxury shopping center.

The company also seems to have a knack for placing their stores close to competitors. Most of the stores already open or planned in this area that I’m familiar with are virtually directly across the street from either a Michaels or Joann Fabric’s store (or in one instance both).

In Palm Coast, a town of about 80,000 people, they don’t have a large chain competitor across the street, but within a mile or so there is both a boutique scrapbook retailer and a quilt shop as well as a Walmart. A few more miles away on the south end of town sit a Michaels and another quilt shop.

The strategy seems to be working for the retailer, who will open their 700th store location next week in Fresno, CA.

Hobby Lobby crowdIn Palm Coast, the old Publix store location was initially rumored locally to be slated to become a Bed, Bath & Beyond, and there was some vocal disappointment when Hobby Lobby was announced as the building’s new occupant. But enough of the city seemed to have gotten over their initial fit of pique that a small crowd of (by my estimate) about 50 people, plus a bevy of local dignitaries and press, showed up for the ribbon cutting at 9am.  A few people did voice their continuing boycott of the chain in online comments of local news reports about the opening, though.

Hobby Lobby ribbon cutting

After the ribbon cutting by Mayor Jon Netts, Chamber of Commerce representative Rebecca DeLorenzo, and store manager Tim Materni, the curious crowd of shoppers streamed into the store.

Hobby Lobby shoppers

Hobby Lobby was laying out the hospitality welcome mat for the store’s first guests, providing coffee and refreshments at a table near the front door.

Hobby Lobby refreshmentsIn the store’s airlock and register area, there were displays emphasizing the store’s coastal style decor options – appropriate to the store’s location less than 5 miles from the coast of the Atlantic.

Hobby Lobby coastal decor

Hobby Lobby coastal decor

Even as someone who was quite familiar with the store’s former incarnation as a grocery store, there were no visible traces of its previous identity in the renovated building. The new Palm Coast Hobby Lobby feels immediately familiar to anyone who has been in another Hobby Lobby location.

Hobby Lobby Palm Coast

Hobby Lobby Palm Coast

One of the biggest features of the paper crafts section is Hobby Lobby’s massive collection of stickers, a significant portion of which are their house brand The Paper Studio.

Hobby Lobby sticker aisle

Hobby Lobby has been generating a lot of buzz online the last week or so for already having their Christmas holiday inventory on shelves. On a sweltering hot August day in Florida, though, the holiday aisles weren’t getting much love!

Hobby Lobby Christmas aisle

While this is exciting news for Hobby Lobby, it isn’t for everyone. Whenever a new big box store opens in a community, this poses a challenge to the small local retailers that were already occupying the market there. In Palm Coast, that means our local scrapbook store and our two quilt stores. I hope that when the excitement wears off of the shiny new Hobby Lobby that the local consumers will remember to still also support their local business owners who’ve been here all along nurturing their love of their hobbies.


Update | Warehouse Sales, Moves, Jobs, Trends, and more!

Today, in this Friday edition of the Update column, we’ve got news, jobs, food for thought, and some great sales. (Disclaimer: Author not responsible for damage to your wallet!)

Sales. It’s warehouse sale time! Bella Blvd is selling warehouse sale grab boxes for $25 plus $10/box domestic shipping through their online store while they last. Boxes are described in the FAQ as approximately 70% paper and 30% embellishments, with only 2-3% variation in contents between boxes. [Sold out]

Simple Stories is also running their own warehouse sale, with $200 value boxes selling for $49.99 (plus $10 shipping). Boxes contain mostly the same contents but may vary by 2-3%.

Moves. Up-and-coming stamp company Reverse Confetti has announced that they have signed a lease to move operations into a combined classroom/warehouse space in August when construction on the new building is complete.


The “Green Library” at Etsy. Credit: Emily Andrews

Also moving up – in am much less modest way – is Etsy. The company recently moved into a new headquarters that is a few blocks from their previous Brooklyn building, but twice the size of the old space. More than 850 people work in the new space, which was designed and built following the sustainability standards of the Living Building Challenge from the International Living Future Institute. And of course, a large portion of the decor and furnishings in Etsy’s new headquarters are items that come from Etsy’s own artisans and sellers.

Honors. Sara Davies, founder of British manufacturer Crafter’s Companion, was created a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honors List this month. According the government website describing the various royal honors, the MBA is “awarded for a significant achievement or outstanding service to the community.” The honors are considered by a committee, but are ultimately approved by the Queen herself. Awards are formally awarded to honorees by the Queen in ceremonies at Buckingham Palace.

Sara Davies

Sara Davies

Davies said of the honor: “I am thrilled, honoured and so genuinely humbled by this recognition. I was surprised to hear that I would receive an MBE and have no idea where the nomination originated but I’m incredibly grateful. By becoming an MBE, I hope it helps raise the profile of our sector and what a thriving industry it is. I also hope it inspires others entrepreneurs in craft to believe, innovate and put our industry firmly on the map.”

The 32-year-old entrepreneur is being recognized for her work growing Crafter’s Companion from its founding in her college dorm room barely over 10 years ago into an operation that employs nearly 100 people on two continents. Davies is also a past board member of the Craft & Hobby Association, and the founding board chair of CHA-UK.

Jobs. The following industry positions are currently listed as open and available:

Jo-Ann Crafts has posted full-time positions for Inventory Management Planner, Copy Writer, Associate Seasonal Buyer, Sourcing Assistant, and a Store Planning Coordinator (Interior Designer or Architect) in their Hudson, OH headquarters within the past week. These positions are accessible in the online job portal.

History. The crafts industry sometimes likes to think that we invented scrapbooking, but of course it has been around for centuries. The Messy Nessy Chic blog has a look at a fascinating scrapbook compiled in the late 1930’s documenting the life of a young woman named Lotta June Miller, who traveled cross country from Spokane to Pennsylvania to take up a position as theatre director at a teacher’s college. It’s a fascinating read, and a great look at the roots of scrapbooking.

Trends. has an interesting profile up showing how a group of women is getting together regularly to color, following the growth of the adult coloring trend in the last year. This is an especially interesting look at the current coloring trend when viewed from the perspective of the rise – and then fall – in popularity of the group “crop” in the scrapbooking industry.

Retailers. The oft-controversial Hobby Lobby was the target of anti-gay bigotry at their store in the Mandarin area of Jacksonville, Florida yesterday. An unknown person rearranged letters on the store’s shelves (an increasingly common internet meme) to display an anti-gay message, which was removed immediately upon discovery by store staff. Hobby Lobby communications coordinator Bob Miller told local station News4Jax in a statement that “It is beyond unfortunate that some individuals would use items intended to bring beauty and joy through creativity to instead propagate hate, especially at a time when love is so critically needed right now.”


Update | Photo Play Paper, Work, Webster’s Pages, and more!

It’s November and that means turkey, right? Actually for most in the industry, it means that Christmas and the winter trade shows are in full swing!

Sharing. For generous crafters looking to hand make cards and share them with others, deadlines are already approaching!

The American Red Cross’s Holiday Mail for Heroes program provides bundles of blank cards to ill and injured veterans at Fort Belvoir and Walter Reed. Deadline for providing card bundles is November 20th. See the Red Cross website for details on how to participate.

The Caring Hearts Card Drive that collects cards to deliver to nursing homes is also ongoing. The deadline for providing cards to the drive is November 27th. Visit Jennifer McGuire’s blog for information on providing cards for the project.

Work. Digital store Snap,Click,Supply is looking for product designers to sell in their marketplace. To apply, visit the website to fill out an application.

If messy mixed media is more your style, you might be interested in the 2016 Artist Gang call from Donna Downey Studios. Entries are due on December 7th, and the new team will be announced on Dec. 14th. Continue Reading →


Hobby Lobby Protests Follow Court Ruling

Hobby Lobby stores across the U.S. have been the targets of protests since the Supreme Court ruling on June 30th granting the company a religious exemption from providing in their company health plan four types of contraception that were mandated as part of the Affordable Care Act.

According to a survey of national media reports, there have been Hobby Lobby protests at stores in the following locations since the ruling (and there is likely more that haven’t garnered online media coverage): Continue Reading →

Hobby Lobby wins Supreme Court Case Challenging ACA Mandate

The Supreme Court announced this morning that Hobby Lobby has won its case challenging the Affordable Care Act’s mandate that requires companies to provide free contraceptives as part of their healthcare plan. The case was decided by a 5-4 majority with a decision authored by conservative Justice Samuel Alito.

In the opinion, the court granted “closely held companies” the right to the same accommodations that the government gives nonprofit organizations with religious objections to contraceptives. The narrowly-written opinion specified that it only applied to the contraceptive mandate and should not be construed to allow the withholding of coverage for other medical services or to allow discrimination on religious grounds.

The court indicated that the government should take on the responsibility of providing the coverage for the contraceptives that are objected to so that there is no coverage gap for employees.

How did Hobby Lobby end up suing the government?

It’s not often that a crafts industry company not only makes national news, but makes national law. How did we get to this day? Continue Reading →