Just what we need: Our first Hobby Lobby

The Patriot Ledger reports the contraception-hating craft chain is planning its first Boston-area store, in Braintree.

Competitor Michael's has several stores in the Braintree area.

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michaels, especially the

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michaels, especially the suburban michaels, have a far better selection of actual crafting materials than hobby lobby. H.L. has a lot of "one step" crafts for bored housewives on pinterest, although at least they carry some fabric.... meanwhile the only joann fabric in the city limits still remains "temporarily" shut down a year later, and RIP the late windsor, winmil, the chinatown shops.... I think the only fabric store proper we have anymore is sewfisticated in dorchester; a handful of yarn shops with basic findings and blick in fenway (which is art supply, not a craft store). AC moore is down in dedham but that store can't get it together for some reason.

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Add Sew Low to the RIP list

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Sew Low in east cambridge was my favorite "real" fabric store, before they closed. Loved the eccentric building and layout.

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yeah, that one's a loss,

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yeah, that one's a loss, though I was mostly concerned w boston proper - at least cambridge still has the sewfisticated right there, and there's an AC moore in somerville / michaels across the river in everett, fabric corner in arlington, too... north side of the charles has a way better showing, it's too bad :(

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Hollingworth 5 & 10

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Also just outside the city check out Hollingworth 5 & 10 (formerly Ben Franklins) in Belmont for a small but well stocked fabric, sewing and craft supply selection. Also has home goods, kitchen stuff, kid's toys, all in a small throwback-feel shop.

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"formerly Ben Franklin"

is there a story behind the name change? They were the last area store I knew of that was (formerly) branded with the Ben Franklin name.

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Michaels

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There's also the Michaels in Porter Square. If you've gotta have DMC 930 at 8pm at night, there you are.

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Michaels is okay for running

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Michaels is okay for running out of thread late at night but if you need some 2" horsehair or god forbid interfacing you're SOL.

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Oh boy...

A couple of things stuck-out on your post:

1) "...have a far better selection..." is purely your perception/opinion, and not fact. You can't quantify "better" when people have varied style preferences.

2) I HATE when folks use "RIP" on the internet to describe a defunct entity/concept. Look up the original intent of the phrase. I don't believe brick and mortar retail should share the same sentiment intended for some of the deceased.

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Waaaaaaaa

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Someone dial 9-1-2 for the waaambulance.

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Did you...

come up with that GREAT counterpoint all by yourself? Come back when you & the four up-voting dopes get a clue that contributing nothing but snark, means nobody with half a brain gives a s**t.

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RIP

Rooted In Petulance.

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They are scumbag religious

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They are scumbag religious nuts. My only hope is they lose lots of money on this branch and never come back.

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Neopharisees

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Bunch of neopharisees.

I won't play in their temple.

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Big difference is intent. I

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Big difference is intent. I am not excusing Apple for their practices, especially in China, but if they could they would make the products here with better labor practices. Where as Hobby Lobby makes decisions to do what they do for the sole purpose of doing it. It is neglect versus disdain.

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WTF????

"if they could they would make their products with better labor practices"?

Lamest attempt at self justification ever.

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Whataboutism

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Rears its head again.

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As an evangelical Christian,

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As an evangelical Christian, I’m not too appreciative of this post and the comments that follow that discriminate against Christians. There are Christians in Boston and there are many of them.

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Yes, there are a lot of Christians in the Boston area

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This post is not about the vast majority of them. This post is about one particular company that chooses to block health care for its employees based on their religious beliefs. You are aware that many Christians believe in a woman's right to contraception, right? And you are aware that there are many non-Christians who do not feel bound by the New Testament, right? I mean, like you said, this is the Boston area.

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How

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are they "blocking" employees from accessing contraception?

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Don't be an idiot

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Do you know what birth control pills cost?

Do you know what viagra costs?

Guess which they cover and which they don't, and which employees suffer the impacts.

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Agreed.

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They cover birth control pills.

They don't cover Viagra.

It's idiotic to trash a company and say their anti-women when they cover contraception but don't cover medication for men with erectile dysfunction.

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That was a deft maneuver

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You changed "birth control" to "birth control pills."

From http://hobbylobbycase.com/faq/

Hobby Lobby does pay for most contraceptives under its plan – all but four of those required by the federal mandate. The Greens only object to those that can terminate life.

HL doesn't cove"Plan B" contraception, nor IUDs. Two varieties of each are the four contraceptives not covered.

So yeah, your subtle switch from "birth control" to "birth control pills" ensured that you wrote 100% correct bullshit, and let's be honest, you know exactly what you did.

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They cover both, or at least did in 2014

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That fact was brought up many times by all sides of the debate.

What they didn't want to cover were IUDs and the morning after pill, and I assume they don't now.

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By making it unaffordable,

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because health insurance in this country is so deeply and utterly fucked that people making $9/hour at Hobby Lobby probably can't afford the sticker price of medication that their asshole employers decide to specifically disallow from their insurance.

Any other inane strawmen you'd like burned, while we're here?

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Strawman?

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By making what medication unaffordable? Birth control pills? You know that Hobby Lobby's insurance still covers that right?

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Their - and your - science is weak

Their entire lawsuit was all about their ability to decide which birthcontrol methods their employees may use - and they classify many types of contraception as "abortive" when they are not so. For example Plan B inhibits ovulation.

Keep digging your semantic hole, though. And keep ignoring the fact that their employees medical choices are and should not be subject to their equally ignorant interpretations of scripture.

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There's a phrase for this, right?

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I'm not good at this, but didn't you just move the goal posts.

The claim was that Hobby Lobby blocks employees from getting birth control, which was corrected by bossguy22 to note that no one was keeping them from getting them. An anon noted that they refuse to cover birth control pills in their health insurance plan while covering viagara, which bosguy22 noted was two lies in one, as viagara is not covered by Hobby Lobby's insurance coverage while most forms of birth control, save one or two but definitely what is commonly referred to as "the pill," are covered. But that's not good enough for you, because you'd rather win the culture war than let a company that before all of this was considered a good employer offer the insurance they want to offer.

The Obama administration had to have known, after the battles on Capitol Hill over the ACA, that the best thing would have been to roll out the new health care system without stepping on too many people's toes. Instead, they picked a fight over birth control, and literally went after the "Little Sisters of the Poor." In the end they lost the fight. Yes, on all sides of the health care debate there are sore losers, but don't even pretend you aren't one.

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Your points are well-taken,

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Your points are well-taken, Adam. And, as a practicing Christian, I would even ask what authority the Hobby Lobby people find in the Bible, Old or New Testament, for the stands they take. I'm fine with people taking the political stands they wish to take; but I'm fed up with alleged Christians hanging those views on what Jesus taught.

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As an evangelical Christian

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I suggest you actually read your Bible. There is plenty in there to demonstrate that the business practices of these neopharisee buffoons are not in accordance with Christianity.

We aren't being persecuted in the least. Get over yourself for the sake of your relationship with Christ - and I say that as your keeping brother.

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Won't someone think

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of the poor beleaguered Christians? If we don't proactively prevent everyone everywhere from saying bad things about the overwhelming religious majority in the country, some of them might suffer from bruised egos, or a dent in their massive sense of entitlement.

Hobby Lobby's owners are religious nutjobs who are actively making the world a worse place for their employees, and they're wrapping their misogyny in religious garb. If you think that's a referendum on Christianity rather than on a shitty company, then I have some bad news for you about your faith.

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There are decent Christians

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There are decent Christians and there are loser douche-bag Christians. You (anon from up the thread) sound like you are of the loser variety.

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Re: those evangelical Christianists

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I'm not too appreciative of evangelical Christianists. If ol' Jeebus came back today in all his "glory" I don't think he'd be too appreciative of y'all either.

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One thing is certain

The only way to certify a divine miracle birth these days was if a man conceived and had to have a c-section.

If that man was in a gay couple, condemnations would proceed from many a tribal nincompoop claiming that it wasn't God's will.

This would be the true test of faith, no?

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Hobby Lobby are not Christians

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At best they are pseudo-Christians. They have no regard for the basics of what may have been taught by Jesus of Nazareth. Instead they are the current incarnation of people who believe that there is a pure form of humanity, that anyone who doesn't conform and practice their form is impure and that impure people need to either become pure (by conversion) or die.

If nothing else Jesus saw this fundamental flaw and hoped that the Divinity would enter into the world to fix that fatal flaw in the psyche of human beings.

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Wait

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They’re opening a Chick Fil-A in Braintree? Good, because the Dedham one looks packed every Saturday.

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You laugh

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But my wife was driving through Dedham one Sunday, saw that the parking lot wasn’t mad crowded, then.... remembered it was Sunday.

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lol

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remember when these assclowns made a big stink about birth control and then it was revealed that their retirement program had nearly 100 million invested in pharma and health provider stocks that made and distributed the pill?

hypocrisy at its finest.

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Hobby Lobby

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I went into a Hobby Lobby once years ago before I new it was owned and operated by religious extremists. It had almost no craft/art supplies, but had a lot of really cheap looking tchotchkes - things like small book shelves with painted books on them so that people who don't actually read books can have a bookworm aesthetic and shelves to display their angel figurines.

It's a total crap store.

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Great

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Then after it opens, nobody will shop there, and it will go out of business eventually. What's the problem?

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Well...

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depends on how many tacky people there are, I guess.

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It probably will

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No space for tacky knicky knacky crappy in most Boston area houses. We don't have 10,000 square feet/person to crap up.

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Trader Joe's

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Know there's one in Weymouth (out of the way on 3A), but to have one of these on my way home would be amazing.

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