I work in a mom 'n pop art store and we get a lot of customers who refuse to shop at Hobby Lobby. I’d never had a need to shop there, but when we ran short of a certain type of sketch pad and needed some quickly, I got the opportunity to make my first and only visit to a Hobby Lobby since the atheist I work with who would normally run these type of errands refused to go.
I was excited to experience what a Christian business looks like.
Upon entering Hobby Lobby, I was first impressed by the large amount of cheap looking junk for sale lining the entrance to their store. They were piping in a Christian version of Musak. No words, but I recognized the tunes from contemporary Christian recording artists. Nothing else would identify this as a Christian business other than an occasional verse from scripture stenciled on a cheap looking piece of junk.
The other thing that first struck me about Hobby Lobby was the amazing amount of plastic junk they had piled in the store. I’ve only seen a few minutes of the show Hoarders, but what I saw there bore a striking resemblance to what I saw inside Hobby Lobby.
Though the store was filled with industrious, fresh faced associates not a one asked this obviously lost and confused old man if I needed any help. Instead, I made my way to the sketch pads noting prices of common art supplies along the way that were priced well above MSRP or what we offered for sale in our humble mom 'n pop store. So much for the myth that big box stores offer better prices.
I selected the sketch pads I needed, while continuing to be neglected by the sales staff that is until I reached…the sales counter! There, I was cheerfully greeted by an associate who eagerly directed me towards a cash register. An expeditious retail experience came to end when I offered to pay with a business check (my boss had called ahead to see if this was OK) where in it took an associate and her manager 10 minutes to accept our payment.
In the end, forget about Hobby Lobby’s religious or political beliefs, they’re just a lousy business.