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« on: November 08, 2004 12:32:34 PM »

I am planning to open a craft-type place.  I want it to be different from the Hobby Lobby's, AC Moore's etc.  The knittting place is vestavia sounds good, but I want to do more than one thing.I retire from UAB in 5 years, so I'm getting started in the planning stage early.  I need ideas.  You guys a crafter's what would you like to see?
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« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2004 09:52:36 AM »

I think, instead of a craft supply store, I'd rather see a craft instruction store. Like, yes maybe it has a few supplies, but it specializes in having classes and teaching things. I taught myself to crochet, but I still don't think I'm doing it right, and I don't know anyone who knows how (other than people here) and I'd love to have someone be able to come over to me and say, "No, try it this way." Maybe like the classes they have at AC Moore and Michaels, but more.

I don't know. I'm just thinking outloud here.


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« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2004 10:08:06 AM »

Yay for you. Congratulations, it sounds like a dream come true. I think that you have lots of competition with stores like Walmart and Ben Franklin buying huge amounts and getting a lower price than you probably will so my suggestion would be to carry things they don't. My WalMart only has basics but they are cheap. I think whatever you have, have a HUGE variety, that always draws me in. Tons of colors of felt, specialty yarns, lots of ribbon, lace..., beading supplies, hard to find items,  maybe even sewing machines. Our local yarn shop is the only Bernina place and they do well with that. They also offer knitting class for $5.24 (one time). I love the idea about having classes. Maybe you can let teachers offer there classes and charge a percentage (25%). Then you can sell them the supplies at a slightly discounted rate.   That's my two cents, hope it helps.

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« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2008 06:59:55 AM »

The sewing shop I just started working at has lots of good classes from beginners on up, but since it's mainly a machine embroidery and quilting shop, that's what the classes are centered around.  I would love to see a shop with other types of classes, such as techniques for knitting, crochet, etc.  I braid rugs, but haven't ever found a group or class for creating anything off the beaten path.  Where i work is sort of exclusive to Janome and Bernina (mainly the latter), and it's also really small.  Wouldn't it be nice to see one of the groups (like Crafty Vixens or SnB) open up a series of shops (and not just in the HUGE cities, but all over the place) with a wide variety of supplies AND classes? 

*sigh* now that would be my dream job...

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