I took a morning trip to the big craft store today, getting the final supplies for my Sister's wedding programs. Of course while there I had to check almost every isle and ended up with some beads I don't need but were "on sale". I rationalized it by matching beads to my maid of honor dress (that reminds me I need to write a toast) even though I have enough beads to open a small store. That got me wondering if there was anywhere that had a real community feel, like you walk in the door and they know you or feign wanting to. I have had relationships with stores like that when I was in school and always running out of this or that art supply and then later when I was ordering for my class room. I wish we had more craft stores like that, one's that we we're happy to keep in business. It is hard to compete I am sure, we have gotten so used to getting a push by the craft muse and running out to the nearest chain that is still around, where there is often what you want or something you will settle for so you can get started right away. Instead of a place where you are not only going for supplies but to share your excitement in your new endeavor, where sometimes you might have to wait until your order comes in.
Would you wait?