My husband and I are considering moving to Youngstown (for a job). Can anyone tell me what it's like for the crafty?
Well, I find the greatest thing about being crafty and a Youngstowner is that there's fairly easy access to Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Akron, and Canton (ranging from 45min to an hour and a half drive) which have way better shopping (and I say that being a resident of Youngstown). Nearby (like 20min drive) Warren also has some really cool stores. There are a fair number of thrift stores around, and consignment shops as well. As far as new supplies, there isn't a lot of choice as if you're going to more urban Mahoning County, the (mostly) only options are located in Boardman but there are the basics of JoAnn's, Michael's and Hobby Lobby. There are also scattered independant fabric stores as well.
As far as I have ever known, Youngstown is pretty welcoming to the crafty (there are a million craft shows/sales everywhere all year long), but I haven't seen too many crafting groups or gatherings, though I'm pretty antisocial, so there are probably a ton I don't know about.