Yes, there are well over 500 Hobby Lobby stores across the U.S., but this, THIS is where all of the concepts, products, and main warehouses are located. Yup. My sister has worked in the creative department for quite some time now. I’ve never had a chance to actually see where she works, but she showed us. Wow.
I snapped a few pix…so let’s see where all those products we know and love go from concept to design and then ultimately to your Hobby Lobby store, shall we?
Before we peek in, let’s stop in the reception area and admire the sweet Christmas tree–all decked out in a yarn theme. It just so happens my sis and her team of fab designers did all of this colorful yarn work.
Those snowflakes and the yarn covered animal ornaments suspended from the ceiling are the best!
As we wondered down a few halls, we entered one of the warehouses. Mile long aisles, ya’ll. During an average working day you will find bicycles and golf carts going down these isles. Wouldn’t that be a blast? Just sayin’…
Somewhere along the way (I got lost quickly), we visited the fake store. This is where they test end caps and designs and every little thing. Look but don’t touch. The displays in here are what we will see in the coming year–in the stores in our hometowns. I got lots of sneak previews! I wish I could show you…but you know, that’s proprietary info.
Let’s just say I have my eye on several things…and I keep checking with my sis to see when they will appear in the store close to me!
Okay, so once we caught out breath, we ventured into the creative offices.
Don’t quote me but I think all of the creative offices are less than 2 years old. I just know she has told me about the remodel in our phone calls for a while now.So cool!
Don’t you want to sit in here and…conference?
Oh, we found her office! Looks like she is working on….gift bags for 2014? I think I saw a binder full of that.She recently got a fabulous promotion and we are so happy for her!! She was always the creative sister….hee hee. Seriously, she has an eye for styling and decorating like you won’t believe. I’ve been begging….beggingggg I tell you…for her to take some pix of her home to share. I have dear friends who want to see, too! Last night she laughed at me and said this weekend she would take some. Fingers crossed!!
Not far away from her office we visited the photoshoot area. Of course no photos were allowed there. But we saw lots and lots of shoots set up for upcoming social media promos. Amazing!!! So cool. And this is a quicky quick shot of part (just one part) of the prop room. Can ya imagine?
On our way out, we went down a hall to see this new conference/gathering room. So beautiful.
We drove away and saw lots more of the Hobby Lobby property. Here is just one shot. It’s a complex really. Over 3,400,000 square feet. If you aren’t a numbers person (like me) just know that it’s almost as big as Disneyland property in California. Disneyland is 3,700,00 sq. ft. Anyhoo…
It’s hard to believe that all of this started in one man’s garage just over 40 years ago, isn’t it? A true miracle indeed!