A couple of weeks ago I was delighted to be invited down to my local Coopers department store to cut the ribbon for their new craft department. I walked down the red carpet as the crowds lined the streets and cheered me on (!) .... okay well that's not quite true, it wasn't as glam as all that, but my little craft club 'The Cottage Crafters' were there in full attendance because we are over the moon about the new craft department, as will the rest of our local crafters be when they discover it for themselves.
Craft shops are few and far between in our area, and many craft shops struggle to remain open in todays climate. While many people do most of their shopping online, there are still a large percentage of crafters that prefer to browse in shops. Not only is this because they like to see the quality of whatever it is their buying, but also a lot of crafty ladies don't use, or have access to the internet. So keeping our local craft shops in business is really important for the crafting community, as crafting is more that just a frivolous hobby for many people, it is a form of therapy, and it brings relaxation and purpose to so many lives.
Coopers were really keen to make sure they supplied all the things your average crafter would need so they popped down to our craft meeting to get our feedback and find out what it is we would like to see on the shelves. I have to say they've done a fantastic job. They now have a wonderful selection of wool, sewing accessories, fabrics, craft kits and magazines ... with much more on the way. So thank you Coopers, you've made a little group of crafty ladies very happy indeed.