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Our Story

Hobby Lobby - About Us - Our Story

In 1970, David and Barbara Green took out a $600 loan to begin making miniature picture frames out of their home. Two years later, the fledgling enterprise opened a 300-square-foot store in Oklahoma City, and Hobby Lobby was born. Today, with more than 850 stores, Hobby Lobby is the largest privately owned arts-and-crafts retailer in the world with over 37,500 employees and operating in forty-six states.

Hobby Lobby is primarily an arts-and-crafts store but also includes hobbies, picture framing, jewelry making, fabrics, floral and wedding supplies, cards and party ware, baskets, wearable art, home accents and holiday merchandise.

Corporate headquarters include over 10 million-square-feet of manufacturing, distribution, and an office complex in Oklahoma City.

Affiliated companies include Hemispheres, carrying unique home furnishings and accessories from around the world, and Mardel Christian and Education Supply, offering books, Bibles, gifts, church and education supplies as well as homeschooling curriculum. Hobby Lobby also maintains offices in Hong Kong, Shenzhen, and Yiwu, China.

What began as a $600 start-up, continues to grow and expand–enabling customers across the nation to live a creative life®.

We are committed to:

  • Honoring the Lord in all we do by operating the company in a manner consistent with Biblical principles.

  • Offering our customers exceptional selection and value.

  • Serving our employees and their families by establishing a work environment and company policies that build character, strengthen individuals, and nurture families.

  • Providing a return on the family’s investment, sharing the Lord’s blessings with our employees, and investing in our community.

With our Super Savings & Super Selection Everyday®, we have everything you need to Live a Creative Life!®

Store hours are Monday through Saturday from 9:00am to 8:00pm. All Hobby Lobby stores are closed on Sunday.