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Hours

Lots of people want to know what are our hours.  We have staff to answer phones and your questions from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm on Monday thru Friday. We have a "live chat" button on our websites which is staffed those same hours.   We frequently have a staff member who will answer emails evenings and weekends. So if you need to have an answer to a question shoot us over an email.  Shipping happens on weekdays. Our UPS comes around 4:00 p.m. so orders in by noon we try to get out the door that day or the...

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Still Time For Christmas

Now is a great time to order from us.  All orders are caught up on shipping and orders go out same or next day.  Most of the country is only 2 or 3 days UPS from us in Minnesota.  Give us a call and we can get an order on it's way.

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Craft Stores are a $30 Billion dollar industry

The craft market is huge. In fact it's a $30 billion, with a "b", billion dollar industry.  The big nationals have a 50% market share but the independent's and the regional chains have half the market as well.  At the top of the market is JoAnn's with a 26% share, Michaels with a 14% share and Hobby Lobby with a 10% share. There is no question the national firms in just about every category today have a good amount of the industry market share. The independent's still have half the market and I think they have the ability to grow...

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Financing a craft or variety store.

Financing a business of any kind is challenging. Funding a small retail store is probably the hardest part of starting or growing a craft or variety store. If you are not a "seasoned business owner" banks might be a little shy about lending to you.  In this blog we'll look at funding a craft or variety store but the principals work for any small business.  First, you need to break out start up expenses and create a pro forma budget.  Start by creating the basic business categories. 1. SPACE FIT OUT:   Whether you own the space or lease it...

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Challenges of Craft Store Retailing

Retail in general test even the strongest manager. Finding quality employees is always a challenge.  Finding good vendors with good products never ends. A good retail operation knows that a certain percentage of it's products will "tire out" every year and need to be replaced by new goods.  How many times has a good customer come into your store and asked "what do you have that's new"?   Knowing what to have is one on hand and in the order pipeline is one of those things that can make or break a craft or variety store.  Knowing when to close...

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