It pains me that local craft stores appear to be a dying breed. I’ve been temporarily living on California’s Central Coast and while this is a gorgeous place to be, the craft stores are dying off.
I’ve been from Santa Barbara through Oxnard and what I can find so far is: Crafting Expressions, Michael’s, Joann’s and a closing quilt shop. I can also find several websites of craft stores that have closed down in the past couple of years.
The Crafting Expressions was lackluster at best, Michael’s was an average experience for the chain, the Joann’s was horrible and well, the quilt shop is having it’s going out of business sale.
I know that internet shopping and a bad economy are major contributors to this. Yes, I shop on the internet, but not exclusively. I also support local craft stores that I enjoy going to. Also, when I travel, I enjoy finding and supporting local craft stores. I actually went to the one local craft store I could find, Crafting Expressions, with some basic supplies I needed, but they didn’t even have those.
So, if you like going to your local craft store, consider driving down the street instead of going online next time you need something…