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Jazzy Crafts Going Out Of Business, Doors Close June 30

The local arts and crafts supply store announced that it will be closing due to a combination of a struggling economy, boulevard construction and its low community support.

Despite on Castro Valley Patch, recently adding an online store, and even hosting the latest Castro Valley Cash Mob, a local arts and crafts shop will be forced to go out of business.

Earlier this afternoon, owner Jasmine Clemmons announced on the store's Facebook Page that it would soon be closing down for good.

Clemmons wrote the following in her announcement:

It is with a very sad heart that I announce the closing of Jazzy Crafts on June 30, 2012. When I opened the store April 20, 2008 with the help of my family; Scott, Julie, Justin, Amanda and Cameron, I had high hopes that this day would never come. Unfortunately, due to the economic downturn, the construction on Castro Valley Blvd and lower than expected local support, I'm unable to keep Jazzy Crafts open.

I will miss all of my customers and the wonderful friendships I've made with so many of you. As we close down the brick & mortar portion of our business, you can continue to expect the same high level of service that you are accustomed to from us.

Click here to read her complete announcement.

She goes on to say that everything in the store will now be on sale and additional markdowns may be added.

Her recently-added online store, www.jazzycrafts.com, will remain open and she will post remaining products on the website once the brick and mortar store closes its doors. You can make purchases through PayPal and she will ship the items to you or deliver them personally if you live in or near Castro Valley.

According to the announcement, gift cards and store credits will continue to be honored at the store and online. Living Social vouchers will also be honored at their face value for classes and products.

The store's frequent buyer coupons will continue to honored through June 30. However, points can no longer be accumulated due to everything going on sale.

, located a few doors down on Castro Valley Boulevard, is . However, unlike Jazzy Crafts, the owners are retiring rather than going out of business.

Clemmons ends the announcement by saying:

Cheryl, Karen, my family and I would like to extend a sincere thank you to all who have supported our store over the last 4 years. We could not have done any of this without you! So, please don't hesitate to call or email if there is anything I can do for you.

Jazzy Crafts is located at 3325 Castro Valley Blvd. Those wishing to contact Jasmine can e-mail her at info@jazzycrafts.com or call 510-583-1422.

Bowlin Equipment Co. June 01, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Thanks redevelopment. What a waste of money. Now were losing our businesses.
Scrapbook Card Maker June 07, 2012 at 12:06 AM
I don't think you can blame the redevelopment of CV for the closing of these stores. It takes lots of hard work to keep a small business going. Truthfully, I didn't see much in JC to keep me going back. I want to shop local, but it is up to the owners of our stores to make the stores interesting places to shop. JC has the same merchandise on their counter by the register they have had for several years, and the same classes offered in their store. If you want customers to shop, there has to be something new to look at, if not something new, move it around and make it look new and different. I think folks open a store without realizing what all it entails. It is had work every single day. Getting customers in your store and interested in your product is a major part of being successful, and it is non-stop. Customers get tired of seeing the same stuff and stop coming to your shop. End of story. Personally, this is why JC didn't get much of my business. I wanted to spend my money there, I just could never find anything new or exciting to buy. I am sorry they are closing, but I am not surprised.
kolohe balansag June 12, 2012 at 03:47 PM
it/s so hard to shop in yr town when everything is closing and now the stores that you need are outside the area. i try really hard to shop within cv, but with the limited craft stores and baking supplies stores, i am forced to shop outside the area. i am sadden that we have to lose jazzy's...
Carol Parker June 12, 2012 at 04:34 PM
I have read conflicting information about craft stores and the recession. On the one hand people have less disposable income to spend, but on the other hand people are hunkering down at home and making more things from scratch to give as gifts and pursuing more hobbies to entertain themselves. I do wonder how much on-line scrapbooking sites have cut into the business of local scrapbooking stores. A scrapbook supply store on E. 14th St. in San Leandro and one on Park Street in Alameda closed. Scrapbook Territory in Berkeley on trendy 4th Street survives - but it is huge with lots of stock that seems to change with the seasons.

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