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Gustine craft store makes big move

When she first opened A Crafter’s Paradise in 2019, Jennifer Villalobos knew that her customers would eventually need more space. That day has arrived just two years later as the Gustine business has moved into a much larger space across the street, which will bring plenty of new opportunities along with more square footage. 

The business is exactly what its name would suggest and offers customers countless options when it comes to crafting, from make-and-take signs and scrapbooking materials to paint nights and crochet tools. After two years at 467 5th St., A Crafter’s Paradise moved across the street to 498 5th St. where Villalobos previously operated the antique store named A Picker’s Paradise. The craft store celebrated its Grand Opening on Oct. 2. 

The relocation nearly quadruples the store’s space, Villalobos said, providing more options for the community who has come to know and love what A Crafter’s Paradise has to offer. Now there’s ample room for birthday parties and get-togethers, she added, as well as the shop’s open craft nights where anyone can walk in and make something.

“I’m so stoked about everything we’ll be able to offer,” she said. “I didn’t realize this store was anything special until how many people told me they were glad to have it here. It’s important to have even more avenues for kids — and adults — to express themselves.”

Villalobos is a crafting expert and has been working with children since she was a teen. She currently teaches special education at Yolo Middle School and first began her work in the field as a multicultural enrichment director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America when she was just 15. 

Her experience has allowed her to foster a space of creativity for children and adults of all abilities, whether it’s a student looking for help with a school project or a couple out on a date night. Villalobos also hosts craft classes at A Crafter’s Paradise, allowing participants to learn firsthand how to make masterful creations.

“It’s so much fun to just watch people learn and to craft with them,” she said. “And the crafts range from $5 to $75, so you’re not going to break the bank.”

Villalobos had a blast putting together the new location and leaving her former smaller space behind. For more information, to book a class or schedule a private party, call (209) 509-9777.