Beth, 2/12/12 - Hobby Lobby is closed on Sundays!
Last Sunday, just before Valentine's Day, my good pal, Beth and I drove down to Rancho Cucamonga to visit the famous Hobby Lobby
store. There aren't very many branches in Southern California, Rancho Cucamonga being the closest. My friend, Carla lives in Houston (a stronghold of the Hobby Lobby franchise). Carla sent me some Hobby Lobby "I Love This Yarn" awhile back and I haven't been able to get it out of my mind. This store brand yarn is acrylic, soft, pliable and lovely. I've been wanting a large amount to make a cardigan. I could have ordered the yarn online, but I wanted to SEE it for myself.
Beth and I got off the freeway and finally found the store. There were only a few cars in the parking lot. It was around 1pm on a Sunday....usually a big shopping day. Well, it seems that Hobby Lobby is closed on Sundays so that their employees may have time for family and worship. WHAT?!? This is Southern California, not the Bible belt! We shop after church on Sundays!!
Beth and I noticed that there was a Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour
in the same shopping center. So that our trip wouldn't be a total loss, we decided to have a bite at Farrell's and re-live our youth. Farrell's is long-gone from the San Fernando Valley, but we both have fond memories of the place.
Strke two. There was a long line to get inside Farrell's. It was packed. Apparently, this is where everyone goes after church on Sundays in Rancho Cucamonga.Farrell's was packed!
Oh well. Beth and I had a small lunch at Panera Bread, paid a visit to the huge Michael's craft store and headed home. It was nice spending time with Beth, even though our trip was not victorious.
Needless to say, I still wanted to get inside Hobby Lobby! Yesterday, Presidents' Day, is a major shopping holiday. I called to make sure that HL would be open and zoomed down there early Monday morning. Success!
This is the hugest hobby store I've ever seen in my life. It's very much like a Michael's or Joann's , super-sized. The merchandise is similar, but there are large amounts of everything. I made a bee-line for the yarn section to check out "I Love This Yarn."
Bingo! I picked up enough for two cardigans and some extra skeins for small projects. I also chose some of the HL brand 100% kitchen cotton. It's soft and almost as nice as Blue Sky Alpaca Worsted Cotton.
I won't be making a special trip out to Rancho Cucamonga soon, but it is a perfect place to stop on our way to Palm Springs!
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