About the company
Hobby Lobby Stores formerly called Hobby Lobby Creative Centers and stylized as HOBBY LOBBY is a private for-profit, closely held corporation which owns a chain of American arts and crafts stores that are managed by corporate employees. The company is based in Oklahoma City.
Hobby Lobby Stores was founded in 1972 and is based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
In 1970, David and Barbara Green took out a $600 loan to begin making miniature picture frames out of their homes. Two years later, the fledgling enterprise opened a 300-square-foot store in Oklahoma City, and Hobby Lobby was born. Today, with more than 800 stores, Hobby Lobby is the largest privately-owned arts-and-crafts retailer in the world with approximately 32,000 employees and operating in forty-seven states.
Hobby Lobby is primarily an arts-and-crafts store but also includes hobbies, picture framing, jewelry making, fabrics, floral and wedding supplies, cards and party ware, baskets, wearable art, home accents and holiday merchandise.
Corporate headquarters include a 9.2 million-square-foot manufacturing, distribution, and office complex in Oklahoma City.
Affiliated companies include Hemispheres, carrying unique home furnishings and accessories from around the world, and Mardel Christian and Education Supply, offering books, Bibles, gifts, church and education supplies as well as homeschooling curriculum. Hobby Lobby also maintains offices in Hong Kong, Shenzhen, and Yiwu, China.
What began as a $600 start-up, continues to grow and expand–enabling customers across the nation to live a creative life.