Best Hobby/Craft Store

Treasure Chest

Every time we walk into the Treasure Chest, we feel compelled to create, build and play. Paints, beads and model airplanes line the store’s shelves, as do baking supplies, craft paper and small yet burly off-road vehicles (they’re toys, but look like they could handle the harshest terrain). The Treasure Chest is equipped to satisfy the most experienced craftsperson. It’s also capable of assisting novices. The hobby shop offers a wall of magazines that itemize lessons on crafts, including ornament and necklace making, floral arraignments and faux finishes, among others. And the Treasure Chest’s staff seems especially eager to offer tips. “We’re doing fairy gardens this summer,” says clerk Judy Donovan, pointing to fairy teapot homes and a small sleeping fairy figurine. It’s a magical place, indeed. Treasure Chest: 1612 Benton Ave, 549-7992

Finalists, Best Hobby/Craft Store

2. Michael’s: 2850 N. Reserve, 542-0128,

3. Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft: 1900 Brooks St, 543-5244,

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