Thursday, February 23, 2006

lewiscraft = no longer

The Alert's first bit of actual craft gossip is a doozie - apparently Lewiscraft is going under and will close all of its doors across Canada over the next 90 days or less. I looked into it a bit after a tipoff from Sew Be It Studio and apparently they filed for bankruptcy protection from their creditors in January.

While not much of a Lewiscraft shopper myself these days, this kinda bums me out - Many misty-eyed childhood memories of shrinkydink, styrofoam ball art, and fake stained glass light catchers are streaming through my mind. I'm sure American big guns a la Michaels will have no trouble swooping in filling this gap.

Anyhow, they will be getting rid of all of their stock, and you can take solace from this tragedy by scoring some hot deals in the coming months.


Anonymous tania said...

oh! that is sad! i have misty eyed memories of it too. bummer.

2:53 p.m.  
Blogger vania said...

i'm sad too - i grew up with Lewiscraft! Maybe i can score on some magnets now, terrible terrible!

9:36 a.m.  
Blogger kelli ann said...

ditto the memories-- Lewiscraft was my introduction to crafting in general. haven't seen one in a dog's age-- don't think they exist in QC... i'll observe a moment of silence for 'em.

8:43 a.m.  
Blogger toronto craft alert said...

yeah, i don't think it really matters if it is a part of our lives now, i think LC was a seminal force/source for most of us present-day canadian crafters.


9:39 a.m.  
Blogger ShanghaiCowgirl said...

Dag. I was just up there recently and wondered aloud why they had such little stock, and a BUNCH of Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas stuff still around? I guess this explains it.

I occasionally visit the one up at Yonge/Bloor. Last visit was low on jewellery findings and embroidery stuff (I think they sent most back to the manufacturers for credit) but they do have a ton of holiday stuff, plus a fair amount of knitting supplies.

I think I'll head back up there tomorrow and stock up on podge. *sigh*


5:49 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My wife works at Lewiscraft. This is a sad time for us. Another canadian company bites the dust afte 85 years of history. I blame it on Walmart.

9:48 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A little history of Lewiscraft - It was established in 1935 by Edward Lewis. At their peak, they had 92 stores from Newfoundland to British Columbia. Strong competition from the U.S. (Micheals and Wal Mart) has hurt not only Lewiscraft but all Malls in general. Look for more empty stores as people shop the "Big Box" centres.

2:56 p.m.  
Blogger B-Real said...

It was a great, convenient place for cheap yarn - a boon to a beginner like me. :-(

1:24 a.m.  

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