Locations: 210 Porters Vale Blvd., Valparaiso; 2782 E. 79th St., Merrillville
Phone: 219-464-8211 (Valparaiso), 219-947-5096 (Merrillville)
Hobby Lobby is an arts and crafts store that also sells picture frames, jewelry-making materials, baskets, wearable art, fabrics, wedding and floral supplies, cards and party goods, home accents and holiday merchandise. Currently based in Oklahoma City, the company was founded in 1970 by David and Barbara Green as a home-based business, making miniature picture frames. Today, Hobby Lobby is the largest privately owned arts-and-crafts retailer in the world with more than 750 stores in 47 states, providing jobs to approximately 32,000 employees.
The faith-based company’s philosophy is that it wants to enable customers nationwide to “live a creative life” and does so by offering a wide selection of merchandise at an excellent value. In addition, the business works to invest in and give back to its local communities.
Locations: 121 U.S. Highway 41, Schererville; 120 Porters Vale Blvd., Valparaiso
Location: 8365 Wicker Ave. (Rte. 41), St. John