The CHA Foundation Hosted a Kids Crafting Day at Bradley Hospital


On April 2, 2015, the Craft & Hobby Association Foundation partnered with The Rit Studio, Craft Attitude and Michaels Stores to host a “Kids Crafting Day” at Bradley Hospital in East Providence, Rhode Island. Together, we celebrated National Craft Month and promoted the many benefits art can offer those with mental health conditions.


Bradley Hospital, licensed by the Department of Children, Youth and Families, provides a range of family-focused, high-quality mental health care to infants, children, adolescents and young adults with emotional disorders and/or developmental disabilities.


During the Kids Craft Day, children attending Bradley Hospital’s various inpatient and partial programs participated in a day filled with creative projects to celebrate the notion of CRE8TIME – a movement which raises awareness for the need to devote more time for creative expression, and provide a forum for individuals to share their experiences with the creative community at large. The project of choice was painting laser cut frames from Michaels using Rit Dye and embellishing with crayon drawings, shapes cut out from scrapbooking paper and stickers. Each child drew pictures that they were able to display in the frames.


All of the projects were led by CHA Staff and craft specialists from The Rit Studio, including Rebecca Fretty, Jasmin Chang and Ruth Gallogly; and Andrea Atwater, representing Craft Attitude.

The children had a wonderful day learning about #CRE8TIME, celebrating creativity and creating their own masterpieces! More pictures of the event can be seen on the CRE8TIME Facebook page.

If you are interested in hosting or sponsoring an event, please contact

Family Ties: Craft businesses pass their torch from generation to generation (Part 1 – The Mangelsens)

While compiling the article, “Family Ties: Craft businesses pass their torch from generation to generation,which will appear in CHA’s magazine, Craft Industry Today (Fall 2012, Vol. 1, No.3) we were fascinated by the amount of family-owned companies, each with their own unique stories, within our industry.  In the upcoming weeks we will be expanding on this article and sharing CHA member stories on our Blog.  In the coming weeks we’ll be featuring stories from the following members and more:  Momenta (previously American Traditional Stencils), Hobby Lobby, Dee’s Delights and Beacon Adhesives.

The Mangelsen Family

By Mike Hartnett

The Mangelsen family has probably contributed as much to the growth of the craft industry as anyone.

Harold and Bernice opened a Ben Franklin variety store in Omaha in 1961. They had four sons, Bill, Tom, David, and Harold (“Hal”), Jr. who lived with their parents behind the store. Bill, the oldest, began working with his father when he was 13 and officially joined the family’s business at 18.

A decade into its existence, the family wanted to convert the store into an all-craft operation, but the executives at the corporate Ben Franklin said no. So the family dropped the Ben Franklin affiliation and converted to a more crafty format, HD Mangelsen & Sons.

Another family named Dupey operated Ben Franklin stores in the Dallas area, and son Mike heard about the Mangelsens’ store conversion. He visited Omaha and returned home convinced they had the right idea. Mike converted his stores and that was the birth of what is now the Michaels chain and the craft superstore.

The Mangelsens affected far more than retailing, however.

Bill made his first buying trip to Hong Kong in 1971and in 1977 Bill attended the Canton Fair in China for the first time. It was here that Bill met a number of suppliers and expanded his Far Eastern business relationships. While visiting various factories in Shanghai, Fujian, and Guangdong provinces, Bill realized there were many products which could be made in China and sold in the U.S. and Europe.

In 1973 the family opened a wholesale operation and became one of the industry’s premier distributors and importers.

Bill moved to Hong Kong and set up a buying office for the family business in 1979. His wife Ramona and their children joined him in 1980. Bill’s family suffered a tragedy with the loss of their 13-year-old daughter, Mary, in September, 1980, due to a congenital heart disorder. Bill and his family returned to Omaha, and approximately six months later their 10-year-old son, Paul, was struck and killed by a car while riding his bicycle.

Bill closed his office in Hong Kong to allow him more time to spend with his family and to care for their six-year-old daughter, Annie. They later had two additional children, Jennifer in 1983 and Michael in 1989.

In 1992, Bill joined the Greensward Company, serving in various capacities over thirteen years including Director, responsible for strategic planning, legal matters, sales, creative directing, public relations, and new product development. He left in 2005 to launch his own company; Sino Harvest Limited, to produce Makin’s Clay®, a new type of polymer clay modeling medium. It was introduced to the craft market in 2003 as “The No Bake Polymer Clay®.” Bill soon expanded the Makin’s Brand® to include product tools and accessories.

In 2006, Bill and daughter Annie started Makin’s USA, Inc., an import business providing Makin’s Brand® products to distributors and retailers in the U.S. and Canada.

Bill died in Hong Kong at the age of 64 in 2008 due to complications from pneumonia.  He was posthumously awarded CHA’s Industry Achievement award in 2009.

As an innovator, businessman and eventually an inventor and entrepreneur, Bill leaves a legacy that began at the family variety store when he was just 18. Bill is considered by many of his colleagues in the industry as a pioneer of the China import business.

And the Mangelsen influence continues. Bill’s daughter, Annie, is head of Makin’s Clay, which is now sold in more than 48 countries. Bill’s brother, David, still operates the store, David M. Mangelsen’s in Omaha, now assisted by his three children, Marla, David, and Matt. Hal has his own import company, Midwest Design Imports. The only son of Harold and Bernice not involved in the industry is Tom, who went on to become a world-renown nature photographer.

Michaels Stores IPO in April?!

Michaels Stores

Michaels Stores

Reuters News, the New York Times and Wall Street Journal have all joined the fray in reporting that North America’s largest craft retailer, and CHA Member, Michaels Stores may be ready for its initial public offering as early as April and have said it could be the year’s biggest IPO.  That’s pretty cool for what started as an independent craft retailer in Texas! See the following links for more:

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Charles Wyly, Michaels Stores Pioneer, Dies

Yesterday, the AP reported the death of Charles Wyly, a Michaels Stores pioneer.  Today Bloomberg News reported the following:

Charles Wyly, a co-founder of the Michaels Stores Inc. retail chain and major donor to Republican campaigns who was fighting fraud and insider-trading accusations by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, has died following a car accident in western Colorado. He was 77.

He was turning onto a highway near the local airport when his Porsche was hit by a sport-utility vehicle yesterday, the Associated Press reported, citing a statement by the Colorado State Patrol. Wyly died at Aspen Valley Hospital.

Wyly and his younger brother, Sam, 76, each served as chairman of Irving, Texas-based Michaels Stores, which sells arts and crafts in more than 1,000 outlets around the U.S. and Canada. In 2006, Bain Capital LLC and the Blackstone Group acquired Michaels in a transaction valued at $6 billion. For the complete story go to

Creative Leisure News Reports Jo-Ann, Hancock & Michaels are all up…

In today’s issue of Creative Leisure News, editor Mike Hartnett reports Jo-Ann net income rose 20%, Hancock  sales were up 1%, and Michaels sales were up 4.2% while its same store sales are up 2.9%.  See excerpts below or go to for the articles or to start your own subscription today.


For the third quarter ended Oct. 30, net income rose 20.7% to $29.1 million ($1.09/diluted share.) – better than analysts expected. Based upon the company’s third quarter results, management increased its previously announced expectations for the year: Earnings/diluted share to $3.35-$3.45 from the previously announced $3.20-$3.35; same-store sales to rise 3.5% to 4.0% versus the previously announced 3.0%-4.0%; gross margin to improve 90-100 basis points instead of 70-90 basis points; and selling, general and administrative expenses, as a percentage of net sales, to improve 60-70 basis points versus 50-70 basis points…

The stock had reached a 52-week high in the days preceding the earnings announcement, but analysts expected the new earnings prediction to be even higher, so the price dropped 5%…


Sales for the quarter ended Oct. 30 increased 1.1% to $73.5 million and same-store sales rose 0.3%. Operating income was down to $2.8 million from $4.5 million a year ago. Net income was down, too, to $1.4 million ($0.07/share), compared to net $3.0 million ($0.16) a year ago…


For the quarter ended Oct. 30, sales rose 4.2% to $968 million, and same-store sales increased 2.9%. There was a 2.4% increase in transactions, a 0.7% increase in average ticket, and a negative impact of 0.2% from deferred custom framing revenue. Canadian currency translation positively affected same-store sales by approximately 40 basis points…

Food Crafting at Michaels Stores With Launch Duff Goldman Collection of Cake Baking & Decoration Accessories

Michaels partnered with the Ace of Cakes Chef Goldman for new extensive cake baking & accessories line.   Combined with their Paula Deen line of recipe cards, recipe boxes, cupcake papers and tags, and their extensive line of Wilton bakeware, we are watching the continuation a major ‘food craft’ trend spurred by the economy and other DIY shows.  According to CHA’s Attitude & Usage Study cake decorating  was up 103% in 2009 a definite hot trend to be watching.

See the complete release below.

Michaels to Launch the Duff Goldman Collection™ The Charm City Cakes founder’s innovative baking product line in stores now

(IRVING, Texas)― Michaels, North America’s largest arts and crafts specialty retailer, introduces Chef Duff’s new line of cake baking and decorating accessories to its extensive baking section in all 1000+ stores. Michaels is the first retailer to have the new product line on store shelves. The Duff Goldman Collection by Gartner Studios features more than 70 products, including fun decorating supplies like premium flavored fondant in nine colors, sprinkles sets in four color palettes, “Cake Graffiti” color spray, cake tattoos and color paste. The line also features unique non-stick baking pans, quality cake mix, and cake decorating tools such as spatulas, fondant cutters, texture tiles and decorating kits.

“Michaels has always been a top destination for cake decorating supplies, and popular shows like Ace of Cakes have inspired a whole new generation of bakers,” said Michaels Executive Vice President of Merchandising Philo Pappas. “Chef Duff’s innovative products will expand our customers’ creativity in the kitchen and help them make beautiful cakes at a fraction of the cost of going to a bakery.”

Chef Duff Goldman, owner of Charm City Cakes bakery in Baltimore and star of the Food Network hit Ace of Cakes, is known for creating elaborate and out-of-the-ordinary cakes designed to delight and surprise with groundbreaking techniques, products and flavors. The Duff Goldman Collection joins Michaels’ vast selection of bakeware that includes specialty baking pans and tools, baking cups, icing, fondant, fondant rollers, cake stands, cupcake stands and a full line of decorations. Michaels also hosts Wilton® cake decorating classes each month for beginners to experts. For more information, go to

About Michaels

Irving, Texas-based Michaels Stores, Inc. is North America’s largest specialty retailer of arts, crafts, framing, floral, wall décor, and seasonal merchandise for the hobbyist and do-it-yourself home decorator. The company currently owns and operates more than 1,020 Michaels stores in 49 states and Canada and over 140 Aaron Brothers stores. For more information, visit

About Gartner Studios, Inc.

Gartner Studios, Inc., headquartered in Stillwater, Minn, is a leader in the stationery, party goods, and greeting card industry, offering more than 7,000 thousand products through major retailers and specialty stores in North America. Best known for its expansive line of imprintable and customizable stationery products, the company designs, manufactures and distributes stationery and celebration assortments that inspire consumers to celebrate and connect with loved ones – from wedding invitations to party favors to cake decorating supplies for every occasion. Gartner Studios, Inc. divisions include Gartner Greetings, Mara-Mi, and Russell+Hazel. Premiere brand licenses include BRIDES and the new Duff Goldman by Gartner Studios. For more information about the company and its products visit

About Duff Goldman and Charm City Cakes

Duff Goldman founded Charm City Cakes in March of 2000. The bakery is headquartered in a 6,000 square foot cake compound in the Remington neighborhood of Baltimore, Md. Charm City Cakes has grown to a staff of eleven friends who make cakes, listen to music, and eat a lot of sushi. For more information, visit Media

Contact: Kristen Kauffman or Alexandra Elliott (817) 329-3257

CHA & Michaels Stores Announce Participation at Craft SuperShow

CHA announces partnership with Michaels Stores to exhibit at the Craft SuperShow in Rosemont. Check out the link or entire article below:


North America’s Largest Craft Specialty Retailer to Promote Inaugural Illinois Consumer Show in July


ELMWOOD PARK, NJ (May 20, 2010) The Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) is pleased to announce that CHA member Michaels Stores, North America’s largest specialty arts & crafts retailer, will partner with the CHA to promote the Craft SuperShow consumer event to be held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois from July 30 – 31, 2010.

As a Craft SuperShow partner, Michaels Stores will conduct in-store show promotions and provide consumers with special discount codes for the Craft SuperShow.  It will also exhibit at the show with a 40ft. x 50ft. booth, featuring product demonstrations and make-it-take-it projects.  

“Michaels recognizes the opportunity at the CHA Craft SuperShow to interact with our customers in a new and different way,” said John B. Menzer, CEO, Michaels Stores, Inc. “We look forward to introducing consumers to our innovative products and projects that inspire their creativity.”

“CHA is very pleased that Michaels Stores, the largest craft specialty retailer in the North America, will be attending and supporting the inaugural launch of CHA Craft SuperShow in Illinois,” explained Steve Berger, President and CEO, CHA. “By supporting this show, Michaels is demonstrating its dedication to educating consumers on the latest crafting techniques and projects available. We are grateful for their continued support.”

While most consumer craft shows are focused on one or two segments of the craft industry, the CHA Craft SuperShow educates and inspires attendees on a wide range of crafts. The goal is simple – to get consumers excited about crafting. CHA will fill the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center with thousands of passionate craft enthusiasts looking to buy craft products and projects, attend professional-grade education, and participate in product demonstrations from leading manufacturers and celebrity crafters in a family friendly environment.

Craft & Hobby Association

The Craft & Hobby Association is an international not-for-profit organization consisting of member companies engaged in the manufacture, distribution and retail sales of products in the near $30 billion U.S. craft and hobby industry. For more information about CHA, to find a craft project, or to find a local craft retailer visit For more about the CHA Craft SuperShow visit


Michaels Stores

Irving, Texas-based Michaels Stores, Inc. is North America’s largest specialty retailer of arts, crafts, framing, floral, wall décor, and seasonal merchandise for the hobbyist and do-it-yourself home decorator. The company currently owns and operates more than 1,020 Michaels stores in 49 states and Canada and over 140 Aaron Brothers stores.  For more information, visit

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Michaels Stores to Celebrate National Craft Month

CHA member, Michaels Stores issued a press release about its efforts to celebrate National Craft Month during March.  See the complete release below. 

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Michaels Celebrates National Craft Month
— March is filled with free in-store events and new DIY webisodes —

IRVING, TX, February 23, 2010 /24-7PressRelease/ — Michaels, North America’s largest arts and crafts specialty retailer, celebrates National Craft Month in March with weekly in-store demonstrations, workshops and a new series of how-to webisodes.

The Craft & Hobby Association created National Craft Month more than 10 years ago as a way to introduce new generations to crafting. Michaels will provide new ideas and inspiration to everyone from beginners to experts with a full schedule of weekend events throughout the month at all its U.S. and Canada stores.

“Crafting is a creative and fun activity that the whole family can do together on any budget,” said Michaels Executive Vice President of Category Management Philo Pappas. “We look forward to providing new project ideas and techniques with our in-store demos, workshops, webisodes and in-store and online project sheets.”

Michaels National Craft Month events include:
– Saturday, March 6 (10 a.m. – 1 p.m.): Nick and Nora yarn doll demonstration with Vanna’s Choice(R) Lion Brand(R) Yarn. Cost: FREE
– Sunday, March 7 (1 p.m. – 5 p.m.): Art workshop for customers to make decorative canvas panels for the home using paints and brushes. Cost: FREE workshop with purchase of 3-pack canvas panels.
– Saturday, March 13 (1 p.m. – 5 p.m.): Beading workshop where customers can make and take four new unique jewelry pieces. Cost: FREE
– Sunday, March 14 (1 p.m. – 3 p.m.): Customers will learn to transform an ordinary 3″ clay pot and saucer into a garden ladybug. Cost: FREE workshop with purchase of $1 clay pot.
– Saturday, March 20 (1 p.m. – 3 p.m.): T-shirt decorating with fashion paint and Michaels Birthday Bash celebrating the “It’s My Birthday” kids’ party program. Cost: FREE workshop with purchase of t-shirt.
– Sunday, March 21 (1 p.m. – 3 p.m.): Easter decor workshop for customers to learn to make an egg-stravagant Easter chick inside a craft egg. Cost: FREE workshop with purchase of craft egg.
– Saturday, March 27 (10 a.m. – 1 p.m.): Kids can create spring projects like flowers with new Crayola(R) Model Magic(R) Presto Dots. Cost: FREE
– Sunday, March 28 (1 p.m. – 3 p.m.): Wilton(R) cookie decorating demonstration. Cost: FREE

A new series of Michaels’ popular how-to webisodes featuring Craft Expert Jo Pearson will launch February 22 on Each webisode will show easy, step-by-step instructions for do-it-yourself Easter and spring projects like personalizing carvable Easter eggs, designing one-of-a-kind jewelry, making prom accessories out of Duck Tape and much more.

“National Craft Month is all about having fun and discovering new projects you can create for your home, family and friends,” said Jo Pearson, Michaels’ Creative expert for more than 20 years. “Whether you are a beginner or an expert, we’ll help you make something wonderful.”

About Michaels
Irving, Texas-based Michaels Stores, Inc. is North America’s largest specialty retailer of arts, crafts, framing, floral, wall decor, and seasonal merchandise for the hobbyist and do-it-yourself home decorator. The company currently owns and operates more than 1,020 Michaels stores in 49 states and Canada and over 150 Aaron Brothers stores. For more information visit

Media Contact: Kristen Kauffman or Alexandra Elliott
(817) 329-3257

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Wall Street Journal – Craft Retailer Comparison

It appears that last week was the week for the major national newspapers to write about crafting.  Here is a great story featuring CHA member retailers and a report on the consumer experience in the world of craft retailers.
Thanks to Shivani Vora for covering the story…

Can Homemade Gifts Make the Grade? –
There are thousands of craft stores that promise to help even the most unseasoned novice create professional-looking scrapbooks, jewelry, hand-painted frames and other projects. We test some of them out.

CLN Reports Large Craft Retailer Profits Rise

CHA Member, Mike Hartnett, Editor of Creative Leisure News issued the following newsbrief regarding the performance of some of the craft industry’s largest retailers.  See below for complete story.  Thanks for the news Mike…
Creative Leisure News – Newsbrief
December 2, 2009


Here is some late-breaking news:


Highlights of the earnings report for third quarter ended Oct. 31:

Net income rose to $15 million, compared to a $20 million loss a year ago. For the first nine months of the fiscal year, there is a net income of $21 million versus a $70 million net loss a year ago.

CEO John Menzer cited a strong Halloween season and categories that had been reset – bakeware, bead and jewelry making, and impulse – being top performers.

Net sales for the quarter, up 2.5% to $929 million; same-store sales, up 1.3%, due to a 4.7% increase in transactions, a 3.5% decrease in average ticket, and a positive 0.1% impact from deferred custom framing revenue. Canadian currency translation positively affected same-store sales for the second quarter by approximately 20 basis points.

Gross margin, up 180 basis points to 37.3% … Selling, general, and administrative expense, up $12 million to $259 million. … Operating income, up $16 million to $84 million (9.0% of sales) from 7.5% a year ago.

Interest expense, down $15 million, due to a lower average interest rate and lower average debt levels. … Adjusted EBITDA (cash flow), up 5.4% to $118 million … Debt levels, down $272 million to $3.911 billion. … Average inventory per Michaels store, inclusive of distribution centers, down 5.0% to $971,000.

The complete earnings report is available at To listen to a recording of the conference call Michael execs held after the report was released, visit the website or call 800-642-1687, PIN #79813922.


For the third quarter ended Oct. 31, net income was $24.1 million ($0.90/diluted share), versus $10.2 million ($0.40) a year ago, which included $1.3 million after-tax gain ($0.05), related to the purchase of a portion of the company’s senior subordinated notes.

As CLN reported, net sales for the quarter rose 6.0% to $509.1 million and same-store sales rose 4.3%. Large-format store’s sales rose 8.7% to $272.0 million and same-store sales increased 2.3%. Small-format store’s sales increased 3.0% to $228.5 million and same-store sales rose 6.7%. Sales at increased 6.2% to $8.6 million. (To read more of Jo-Ann’s sales, see the current issue of CLN at

Chair/President/CEO Darrell Webb stated, “We achieved strong sales, margin, and earnings improvement in the third quarter, with our financial results exceeding original expectations. Positive customer response to our core sewing and craft merchandise continues to drive sales growth, while our sourcing, inventory management, and expense control initiatives allowed us to achieve gross margin expansion and expense leverage.

“As a result of our solid financial position and the favorable commercial real estate leasing environment,” Webb added, “we plan to increase our new store development and remodeling activity next fiscal year.”

For the quarter, gross margins increased approximately 200 basis points to 51.0% due to reduced product costs from global sourcing initiatives, lower clearance levels, and reduced freight costs. Selling, general, and administrative expenses increased 1.3% to $202.0 million; as a percentage of net sales it improved approximately 190 basis points to 39.7%. Operating profit for the quarter was $41.5 million, versus $17.3 million a year ago.

The cash balance for the quarter improved by $72.9 million to $97.7 million compared to a year ago. Long-term debt was $47.5 million, down $65.2 million. This $138 million improvement in cash, net of debt, was primarily the result of cash generated from operations and improvements in working capital.

During the quarter the company opened three large-format stores and one small-format store and closed one large-format store and three small-format stores. For fiscal 2010, the company expects to open approximately 20 new stores and close approximately 30 stores. For fiscal 2011, the company expects to open approximately 30 new stores and close approximately 30 stores. The current store count is 228 large-format stores and 531 small-format stores.

The company remodeled 13 stores of which four were transitioned from a small-format to a large-format layout. During the first nine months of the year, the company remodeled 26 stores, of which five were transitioned from a small-format to a large-format layout. The company expects to remodel approximately 30 stores during the year, of which six are expected to transition from a small-format to a large-format layout. For fiscal 2011, the company expects to remodel at least 40 stores during the year.

For the year, the company expects a same-store sales increase of 2.3% – 2.7%; the gross margin rate to improve even more than it has in the first nine months of the year; selling, general, and administrative expenses, as a percentage of net sales, to improve, but less than the it was for the first nine months; and capital expenditures, net of landlord allowances, to be approximately $30 million. As previously announced, the company expects earnings/diluted share to be $1.95 – $2.05 (excluding any gains on debt purchases).

The complete report is available at and a replay of the exec’s conference call with analysts is available by calling 800-642-1687, ID #40533836.


Net sales for the quarter were $72.7 million, up from $70.6 million a year ago, and same-store sales increased 4.0%. Operating income increased $3.6 million as a result of a $4.5 million profit  compared to a $0.9 million profit in the previous year’s third quarter.

Net income was $3.0 million ($0.16/share), compared to a net loss of $0.3 million ($0.02) a year ago. EBITDA for the quarter was $6.1 million, an increase of $3.5 million. Inventories have been reduced by $10.0 million compared to the same period last year.

At quarter’s end, Hancock had outstanding borrowings under its revolver loan of $25 million and outstanding letters of credit of $6 million.

Year-to-date, net sales were $196.4 million, compared with $198.2 million a year ago, and same-store sales increased 0.9%. Operating income increased by $8 million. Net loss was $0.1 million ($0.01), compared to a net loss of $16.5 million ($0.87). EBITDA was $9.2 million, an increase of $7.8 million over the same period last fiscal year.

President/CEO Jane Aggers said “We are beginning to experience meaningful top line improvement in combination with significant operating cost reductions. Our strong quarter and year-to-date results are a testament to the hard work of all of our associates and management team. We are cautiously optimistic that we can continue to execute our business plan throughout the remainder of the year and into 2010.”

Gross margin for the quarter was 46.5%, up 350 basis points, due to a 220-basis-point reduction in merchandise cost, a 50-basis-point reduction in freight costs, and an 80-basis point reduction in sourcing and warehousing. Year-to-date, gross margin improved by 210 basis points to 45.8%.

Selling, general, and administrative expenses for the quarter decreased to $28.2 million (38.8% of sales) from $28.3 million (40.1% of sales) in the prior year. Year-to-date, selling, general, and administrative expenses have been reduced by $4.6 million to $82.3 million (41.9% of sales) from $86.9 million (43.9% of sales). Third quarter reductions were driven by increased labor efficiency, reductions in current quarter ad expenses offset by certain incremental retail operating costs.

During the fiscal year, the company opened 3 stores, closed 1, remodeled 5, and ended the quarter with 265 stores.

Hancock will a conference call tomorrow, Thurs,.10:00 CST. To participate, call 800-599-9816 and give the operator #81066171. A replay will be available: call 888-286-8010 use Pin #80450652. The replay will be available approximately 1:00 p.m. CST on Thurs.,  and will remain available through Thurs. Dec. 17.


How universal is it? This Sunday the season finale of the E! Network’s Girls Next Door will be about scrapbooking, highlighting the hobby, the supplies, the joys of scrapping with friends, and the pleasure of having and giving the final product. Where is it filmed? The Playboy Manor in California. Turns out Hugh Hefner and his, uh, girlfriends are hardcore scrapbookers. Check your local listings.

Products used in the segment, according to a friend who saw an advance screening, were from K&Co., WeRMemory Keepers, Bazzil, Zig Memory System, Stickles, Adhesive 3L, and Fiskars.

Best wishes,



 Mike Hartnett
Creative Leisure News

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