Crafter

Jennifer Villalobos has opened “A Crafter’s Paradise” in downtown Gustine.

GUSTINE - Crafters can explore their creative talents at one of Gustine’s newest businesses.

A Crafter’s Paradise recently opened at 467 Fifth St. in downtown Gustine under the ownership of Jennifer Villalobos.

The business offers open craft sessions each Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. and themed craft workshops twice a month, Villalobos explained.

Patrons purchase the materials they wish to use, and settle in to create their unique craft.

“It is just craft sessions. It offers a make-and-take craft experience,” Villalobos told Mattos Newspapers.

A Crafter’s Paradise offers a wide variety of woods to use as the base for the crafts.

“So far, everything has been painted wooden signs or board signs, cute little knick-knack things,” Villalobos said. “Everything is completely custom to them. They choose what they want to do.”

If crafters have a specific project in mind, Villalobos said, she will prepare the needed materials with advance notice.

“If they want custom work they need to get in touch with me no later than the previous Saturday,” she noted.

The idea for A Crafter’s Paradise was sparked by a comment made in passing by a woman who recalled getting together with other mothers for craft activities.

That struck a chord for Villalobos, who as a teen was a multi-cultural enrichment director at a Boys and Girls Club.

“That is a fancy title for ‘arts and crafts lady’. I have done this pretty much all my life,” she shared.

She first considered opening the business in A Picker’s Paradise, which she and her husband Robert own, but then found the nearby space available downtown.

Crafters, she said, enjoy the creativity of the process, the opportunity to socialize and the opportunity to take part in a relaxing activity.

All ages and abilities are welcome.

“It is just a nice, fun evening,” she said of the open sessions. “We have had moms bring in their kids, which I love to see. It is open for dads as well, and I would love to see more guys in here.”

A Crafter’s Paradise is also available for private functions and fund-raisers Villalobos said.

She can be reached at 209-509-9777 or by email at acraftersparadisegustine@gmail.com.