craft store gem

I’m not sure how it’s possible, but this summer I discovered Craft Service, a odd mom-and-pop craft store that has been a Rochester stable for decades. I’ve literally driven by this place on University Ave a million times and never really paid attention to the small colorful “crafts” flag on the side of the building. A few months ago when I was looking for tools for the leather collection and didn’t want to wait for them to arrive via snail mail, a friend suggested to hit up Craft Service and see what they had. They had a lot. I mean, a LOT of random craft stuff I have never seen in any of the major craft stores anywhere.

Just a heads-up: this is not your usual craft store. It’s dark, it’s kinda musty, and it’s run by two old men who constantly bicker with each other about the location of this or that tool and whether or not they actually do have the odd shaped razor I needed for my exacto knife. (Of course, they did.)

The two best parts of the experience included: being rung-up on this cash register, circa…?

Seriously. They actually cashed me out on that thing. Second was this fabulous sign about bad checks, since they certainly don’t take credit:


They questioned the #46 check I wrote them, telling me they had never received a check with a number so low. I told them that I pay all my bills online, so I go through check books very very slowly. Good thing it didn’t bounce of Michael C Gree… might have come after me. That is, if he’s even still around.

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  1. Posted July 20, 2009 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    omg i love that place!!! is a lil’ creepy though…

  2. Posted July 23, 2009 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

    this place is great. i was in there the other day, had no
    cash and no checks and they let me take my goods on honor that
    I would send a check. which i did that afternoon. that never
    happens. i was amazed. they are very helpful and sweet too.

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