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06/01/2005 - "We want to give people a chance to spend some quality time with their kids doing an enjoyable activity," owner Loree Murray explains, acknowledging our busy lifestyles in today's world.

"Everything is very affordable. We have all types of craft kits (e.g., scrapbooking, doll-making, woodworking, cross-stitch, needlepoint, etc.)." Candle making and soap making are also available for those with a pioneer spirit. Many of the kits run $1.99 to $5.00.

A wide variety of classes are available – ALL FREE1 Walk in any time during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and Monday & Wednesday 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm) to receive personal instruction. Knitting, crocheting, tatting, spinning, and sewing are among the many classes taught.

Mystic Loree's boasts a large, continually changing inventory of craft supplies. Among them is an incredible selection of more than 3,000 greenware molds for ceramics. "You could spend the whole day in here and not see everything!" Loree exclaims, her enthusiasm clearly evident. Oil globes, music boxes, lamp parts, clock parts, chalks, precious gemstones (polished and in-the-rough), modeling clay, and sea shells are just a few examples.

Gift wrapping is available – come in, make a gift, and leave with it wrapped and ready. Gift baskets are a popular option.

The plascam, a piece of computerized equipment, which scans design, cuts, and inlays wood, copper, aluminum, plastic, etc., is useful for creating inlaid coffee tables and yard ornaments. There is also a potter's wheel for those who enjoy that type of relaxing, therapeutic activity.

The shop presents a great opportunity for 4H kids providing affordable crafts to enter in the fair. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts also enjoy the various projects available. It's a great place for birthday parties as well.

"We're the biggest, littlest craft shop in town...we have some of everything. That keeps it interesting," Loree says. "People think they can't do it – YES, YOU CAN!" she encourages.

"There are a lot of people who like to craft, but they don't want the excess. If someone comes in and says, 'I like these beads, but I only want five of them,' I'll break the package down," she says, "or they may need just one pair of wiggly eyes, for example. If the package was purchased at Mystic Loree's and you end up with extra, I'll also buy it back." Sounds like a no-risk venture, doesn't it? It also sounds like lots of fun. See you there!

By the way, there's a microwave, frig, and coffee always on. So bring your lunch! (Soup and pop for sale, as well.)

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