Local Arts And Craft Alternatives If You’re Angry About Hobby Lobby

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If you love découpage, but also believe women should have contraception coverage under the Affordable Care Act, well, it just hasn’t been your week.

On Monday, the Supreme Court sided with Hobby Lobby in one of the most controversial cases in this past term. Five male judges of the court held that religious beliefs of for-profit companies trump a woman’s right to comprehensive reproductive healthcare. The ruling affirmed that the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate, which requires healthcare plans of employers and educational institutions to include contraception coverage, violated the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. None of the court's female judges agreed with the decision. Ruth Bader Ginsberg, in particular, was not pleased.

The decision covers all forms of contraception, but the court attempted to narrow the scope of their decision by limiting it to only “closely held” companies. And limit it did. Only ninety percent of companies in the United States can be defined as closely held. It should also be noted that Hobby Lobby's retirement plans have millions invested in pharmaceutical companies that manufacture contraceptives. They just refuse to cover reproductive health medications for their employees.

So what is an avid arts and crafts enthusiast to do if they want to avoid Hobby Lobby on principal? The easy answer is to go to Michaels, but die-hard liberals may be unhappy to learn that Texas-based arts and craft megastore is partially owned by Bain Capital, the private equity firm founded by Mitt Romney that is known to takeover companies to strip them for their parts, at the expense of workers. Still, as of last Friday, Michaels is a publicly traded company, meaning their plans must comply with the contraceptive mandate, according the Supreme Court ruling.

Still, politically-minded crafters should know that they have some local, independent options for their hobbies. Let us know your favorite local craft store in the comments.

For Knitting, Crochet and Needlepoint

If you're looking to knit a shawl to keep you warm during these dark times, or if you want to stage a knitting protest, you have some decent local options. There's always The Yarn Barn of San Antonio, which has been locally owned for over 40 years. They stock plenty of high-quality yarns and knitting supplies and regularly host classes and knitting circles (1615 McCullough Ave, (210) 826-3679, yarnbarnsa.com). The same goes for Yarnivore in Castle Hills (2357 NW Military Hwy, (210)979-8255, yarnivoresa.com). Over on the northwest side, there is Inskein Yarns. They hold a weekly meeting called Charity Asylum, where you can knit or donate yarn to support various nonprofit organizations (8425 Bandera Road Ste 128, (210) 334-0200, inskeinyarns.com).

For Art Supplies and Framing

Anyone looking to express their anger over the Supreme Court decision on canvas can head over the Herweck's on Broadway. They stock a full range of fine art and screen printing supplies. And they provide custom framing, too (300 Broadway, (210) 227-1349, herwecks.com). There's also Asel Art Supply, which has two San Antonio stores. The company is not locally-owned, but they are independent and Texas-based (1524 N. Main St, (210) 222-8681, aselart.com).

For Homecoming Mums

Homecoming season will be here before you know it. In Texas, that means mums, those giant, floral pins with dangling ribbons that are as big as your average cheerleader's head. High school girls may not have comprehensive contraceptive coverage when they join the workforce, but they can damn well have school spirit. You can stock up on your homecoming materials, as well as a wealth of other craft supplies at Craft Country (6214 Pecan Valley Dr, (210) 333-3708).

For Beading and Jewelry Making

A healthy way to work out your frustration with the Supreme Court is by carefully stringing up some beads. The added bonus is you end up with some nice handcrafted jewelry. You can get your beads and tools at several stores in the San Antonio area. There's Bead Boys off Highway 281 (16111 San Pedro Ave, (210) 490-7775, beadboystx.com). You can also try Originals in Artisan's Alley (555 W. Bitters Blg 108, (210) 490-7625, originalstexas.com). Both stores offer jewelry making classes.

For Scrapbooking, Stamping and Paper Crafts

The Hobby Lobby decision is certainly momentous, so crafters might want add a page in their scrapbook to memorialize their dismay. Unfortunately, there aren't a lot of options within the city limits. There used to be Scrapbook Heaven, but the specialty store closed down a couple of years ago. There was also Stamp Antonio Arts, but that business has also shuttered. But if you're an hardcore scrapbooker, it may be worth taking a short road trip to New Braunfels to get your supplies. There you can visit Scrapbook N' More (651 N Business IH 35 410, New BraunfelsTX 78130, (830) 214-1690, scrapbookingnewbraunfels.com).

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