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« on: April 18, 2007 09:48:36 AM »

Hey guys! Please submit your favorite craft/art/fabric stores... well, everywhere else because I'm not so sure how to divide up the state! Wink (let me know if you know how to lol)

If you can provide an address, that would be great- but if not just the name would be awesome and I'll try to find the address!  Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2007 12:08:28 PM »

There's a really great new independent fabric store in Charlottesville, in the Preston Plaza shopping center a few doors down from Integral Yoga Natural Foods. Quilters definitely need to make a stop, as they have a lot of colorful cottons. I also spied some out of print sewing patterns. They have some of that fabric with skulls of various sizes arranged in a vortext pattern, "Fun with Dick and Jane" print, and a really cute print (in the halloween section) of pinup girls in sexy halloween costumes.

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« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2009 10:28:03 AM »

Two newish fabric shops in Richmond on Robinson Street.  Fleur Fabrics, right next door to Halcyon, which is Grove and Robinson.  And an Upholstery Fabric shop behind Acacia near the corner of Cary and Robinson.  I've been to Fleur Fabrics several times and they are AWESOME.  Oil cloth, organic jersey knits, and some vintage fabrics and notions. 

« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2009 10:58:45 AM »

Miss Violaceous:
Do you know the name of the store? I leave near C'ville but I didn't know about it.
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« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2010 08:22:08 PM »

In Richmond, there's a good yarn and knitting (and presumably crocheting) store in Carytown called The Yarn Lounge.  It has classes and seems to specialize in natural fibers.  Here is their website, which includes the address and phone number: http://www.theyarnlounge.com/indexcontentthanks.html

I took a drawing course at one of the local universities two summers ago for art credit at my own (non-local) college, and I got my drawing supplies at Main Art Supply & Framing (http://www.mainartsupply.com/index.html).  They sell all manner of art supplies but seem to specialize in those for painting and drawing.  The staff is very helpful.

I used to work at one of the Ben Franklin locations in Richmond, but I assume people would rather patronize locally-owned businesses, so I won't list any of the BF branches.
« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2010 06:41:19 AM »

In Richmond, there is Quilting Adventures.  They have loads of classes and things, which are listed on their web site.

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1601 Willow Lawn Drive #108, Richmond, VA 23230
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« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2010 01:55:16 PM »

Fun fact from another former Richmond Ben Franklin employee (and older sister of a current Richmond Ben Franklin employee): until very recently, the Richmond Ben Franklins WERE locally owned, by the Strang-Hatcher Corporation based in Mechanicsville.  The actual owner was a man named Mr. Tennant and he used to come visit each store every couple of days or so and stress everybody out.

He owned all of the 6 Richmond-area stores.  They just buy the use of the "Ben Franklin" name, and that is really the only way they are related to any other Ben Franklin store anywhere else.  Most of the Ben Franklin stores around the country are actually five and dimes, not even craft stores. 

The six Richmond stores were bought by Sbars, their primary supplier, within the past year or so (I want to say in 2009).  I am not entirely sure whether Sbars bought the stores directly or if they took over Strang-Hatcher.

(I worked at the Short Pump store beginning in 2005, in high school.  I worked there for 14 months straight, then started college.  I continued to work at BF when I was at home on school breaks until very early January, 2010.)
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« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2012 06:00:38 AM »

My favorite fabric shop ever is in Martinsville.  The Sewing Studio.

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