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Craft Essentials For Lease?
updated: Jan 18, 2013, 2:48 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

I just noticed the building that Craft Essentials occupies has a huge "For Lease" sign on the roof. I hope it's not closing for good. Does anyone know the story?

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 COMMENT 364981 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 03:12 PM

I certainly hope they're not closing--maybe they're moving?
Art Essentials downtown is the same owner, maybe call and ask there?
Please don't leave Craft Essentials, there's no other local place to buy quilting fabric.


 COMMENT 364991 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 03:47 PM

Was there the other day and noticed that many shelves are completely empty of inventory and that the carpet is falling apart.


 PIXIETANGERINE agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 03:58 PM

I asked an employee yesterday ... he said no one has told them anything. The employees were surprised to see the "For Lease" sign being hung up.


 COMMENT 365003 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 03:58 PM

Nope, I was there today too and got the same feeling. Lots of emptiness, but other than the "For Lease" sign hanging above the door, no other indication that they might be going anywhere. Not even a sale....


 COMMENT 365006 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 04:04 PM

I was also there the other day and overheard the sales people telling the couple in front of me that they were shutting down. Didn't say when...


 COMMENT 365011P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 04:11 PM

I've called them and it says that the number is no longer in service. Maybe they are already gone, but you think that they would have had a sale or announcement if they were just moving.


 COMMENT 365019P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 04:15 PM

Maybe they're taking the inventory to Art Essentials -- that would explain no going-out-of-business sale.


 COMMENT 365035 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 04:44 PM

They are less essential than in 1974?


 COMMENT 365038P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 04:48 PM

I heard Folio, that sweet little print shop near where State becomes Hollister is also hanging it up... such a shame.


 COMMENT 365041P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 04:50 PM

No, not Folio leaving? This little shop is the best place to go for a gift. Plus, the easiest post office. They are currently offering 15%-75% off, please support this great local store.


 COMMENT 365050 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 05:14 PM

I don't mean it unkindly....but the place has looked in shambles for quite a while. And; once when I went in...it smelled like something had died in there.

An awfully big space in this day and age.....


 COMMENT 365099 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 07:25 PM

Very sad to see them go--what a loss for SB.


 COMMENT 365102 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 07:27 PM

Sad. But like a lot of shops in SB that are independent, it was great when it opened and then quickly went downhill. They never seemed to order anything new, it was all literally the same stuff year after year.


 COMMENT 365123 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 08:40 PM

For those of us who are artists or craftspeople or sew or ... well, you know, there's nothing left in Santa Barbara for us any longer. There are wonderful knit shops but nothing for sewers, gotta got to Ventura or Santa Maria. It's hard to believe that we can't support a local store selling these things. Now Michael's is it if Craft/Art Essentials go out and they don't carry anywhere near the kind of things required by serious artists or sewers or... I'm sick, yes I was in both of them this week alone and I have to drive clear across town to go to Craft Essentials, Art Essentials is closer, sure hope they consolidate and stay in business. Buying these kind of things on the internet is just not the same!


 COMMENT 365141P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-18 09:55 PM

Not a good time to take up quilting, sewing, needlework, or building things from wood. Michael's will pick up some new customers looking for what they have now lost. Michael's is great for some things and not so for others. That and it is a chain and the crafts offered show it.


 COMMENT 365170 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-19 06:33 AM

Are there any places left to get large amounts of fabric locally (Not Santa Maria or Ventura?) My daughter likes to make clothes and I make blankets (not quilts) I know there is a quilting store in Buellton, but that's for small amounts of fabric and they're pricey.


 COMMENT 365171 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-19 06:41 AM

Dang! Another store leaving the middle zone around La Cumbre. We have to drive five miles either way to get hardware or house paint, and now art and craft supplies.


 COMMENT 365181 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-19 07:35 AM

Everyone PLEASE support your local businesses asuch as you can.


 COMMENT 365183 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-19 07:42 AM

seems like it had been going down hill since it changed ownership a few years ago. so sad, it used to be so great and SO convenient. Micheal's is too emporiumish.


 COMMENT 365187 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-19 07:43 AM

Roxanne's in Carpinteria has a great selection of fabrics etc


 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-19 08:06 AM

In Carpinteria Roxanne's, The Treasure Hunt, is a quilting store; lots of fabric and quilting lessons given. The store is where Charlie Chaplin and Ona O'Neil were married, in front of the fireplace; a judge lived there. Come down, shop, check out our great little museum across the street and have lunch in one of our resturants (good food).


 SBROCKS agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-19 08:27 AM

I think Michale's hurt their business. It's hard to run a fabric business. If you want to carry patterns, the pattern companies require such a high inventory and you make very little. Back east crafting is very popular in the winter months. Craft Essentials would take Michaels coupons, I really think it was the large chain store that is taking them down.


 COMMENT 365229 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-19 09:17 AM

Oh, noooo. Say it isn't so! --- This is so sad. I cannot stress enough how much we need to SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESS! Why is it that there are no fabric stores in Santa Barbara? I've heard this complaint for over a decade now! Can't somebody open one? They'd have the one and only corner on ALL the business!


 COMMENT 365251P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-19 10:18 AM

A whole string of bad news: Folio is one of the more interesting paper-goods shops in SB, with the latest (5PM) Saturday mailing and Craft Essentials has the only local inexpensive fabric and button collection I know of.

I was trying to tell a friend in LA why it is hard to live in a small town. This exemplifies it--choices are so frustratingly limited and therefore limiting.


 COMMENT 365252P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-19 10:18 AM

No fabric stores in SB? What about Your Remnant Store at 22 East Victoria?


 COMMENT 365269 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-19 11:33 AM

Drive FIVE miles!! Oh, no!


 COMMENT 365300 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-19 02:16 PM

@5252P-- Remnant Store doesn't have clothing or quilting fabrics. They mainly carry home decor fabrics.

Looks like I'm driving to SLO (Betty's), Buellton (Creation Station), or Oxnard (Joann's) for fabric, if I want "local". Otherwise I'll have to buy online.

Stores lament people buying products online, but I don't have time to drive 40-60 miles every time I need something and I find the local store has closed.


 COMMENT 365307P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-19 02:32 PM

The reason we have no sewing stores now is we had several 20 years ago, and they all left: Betty's, Beverly's, and now Craft Essentials. I own a small retail business, and even though we're ok, it's really hard; I'd guess the underlying economics of the fabric industry are just terrible. Not enough affordable merchandise, not enough customers. Everything is pre-made now, and sewing is a "hobby." I grew up sewing my own skirts and dresses, costumes and curtains and bedspreads, and that was normal; now everyone I know thinks that's a special talent, when it used to just be something girls did. I remember when I first saw you could buy pre-made curtain panels in the store, sometime in the 80's, I thought it was really weird. How could you pre-make something that required careful measuring and matching? I'm so stuck in the past, eh. I didn't guess it meant the whole idea of making it for yourself was becoming outdated.


 COMMENT 365326 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-19 03:39 PM

re: folio, i called the store & found out, the good news is they're not going out of business; the bad news is they need to move within the next 3 months (they're looking for a new location) & they won't have the p.o. substation anymore. :-(


 COMMENT 365331 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-19 04:05 PM

No need to drive to SLO for Betty's. They have a great store in Santa Maria. There's a Joann's there too. I do miss the variety we once had. It seems more and more that instant gratification is a thing of the past. Holding inventory is too costly for local businesses.


 COMMENT 365375 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-19 07:04 PM

I was in last week and asked an employee if they were in fact closing and she did confirm it. She said they will close latest this September. Bummer!


 COMMENT 366180 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-22 01:45 PM

I love shopping at small businesses and I make as much effort as I can, but when their customer service is awful (like craft essentials was), I just can't make it a priority.


 COMMENT 366364 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-22 06:18 PM

The official word is we are looking for a new location as our hand has been forced. The USPS contract station will be closing but not sure when. We will need to find a new space before everything is finalized. Thank you for all the nice comments. We sincerely appreciate it. We will make sure everyone knows where we will be heading. Thanks!


 COMMENT 368583 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-29 12:47 PM

Let the rumors cease! This is the official word regarding ART ESSENTIALS and CRAFT ESSENTIALS from the horses mouth. Firstly ART is unaffected and will operate as usual. At Craft we have decided not to renew our current lease...thus the lease sign...Whether or mot we will close or move is being debated as I write. Nothing has been determined yet. We are sorry for all the confusion but if you would like to show your support for us your continued patronage is greatly appreciated. As you know the last several years have been challenging to say the least for many businesses in our community and nationwide. We will post notices here as they are known. And thank you again for all your patronage.


 COMMENT 383655 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-03-11 08:19 PM

folio and Wootton Printing has found a new home! We will be moving downtown in 4-6 weeks. Wootton Printing will be operational first while folio will need to have the space prepared before it takes up residency. We have been keeping people up to date through our facebook page. Check it out. The USPS contract station will be closing this Thursday, 3/14/13, due to staffing shortfalls. Thank you for all of your encouraging and supporting thoughts. We look forward to seeing you after we have relocated. We will be next to the SB Roasting Company.


 COMMENT 415262 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-05-31 02:08 PM

More bad closing news. I was in Printed Word on Calle Real yesterday, and they have a sign saying they are closing in July. They also have a P.O. substation that will be gone.


 COMMENT 418362 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-06-08 09:15 AM

Final sale coming next week on Thursday. Sad day!


 COMMENT 517902 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-10 10:51 AM

Finally! The long long wait is over. After months of construction and rebuilding, rebranding, re-everything, folio press & paperie and Wootton Printing will open in less than two weeks! Has it been a year? Yes it has and we are very excited we will be reopening downtown. 301 Motor Way is the address and out new phone number is 966-1010. Thank you all for your patience in this long transition. We look forward to seeing your smiling faces once again.


 COMMENT 524420 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-01 07:38 PM

We would like you all to know Wootton Printing and folio press & paperie reopened over 2014 Memorial Day weekend. We open everyday Mon-Sat at 9am. Sunday we are open at ~11, maybe a little before. Closing we have yet to set solid hours, but figure 5:30-6 M-S and 5 on Sunday. Please call 966.1010 for any questions. Thanks.


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