SOURCE: Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores

Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores

January 26, 2010 09:15 ET

Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores Joins to Offer Free Online Craft Marketplace

HUDSON, OH--(Marketwire - January 26, 2010) - What happens when the nation's largest fabric and craft retailer partners with the fastest growing online marketplace for handmade goods? Professional artisans receive everything they need to make and sell their creations through one source.

"By partnering with ArtFire, Jo-Ann is able to provide sewers and crafters all the tools they need to make and sell their products," said Riddi Kline, senior vice president, marketing, at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. "In stores and online at, customers can shop for all their materials and find inspiration for projects. Cards and gift wrap in our stores complete the process for those creating handcrafted gifts, and now, those customers who sell their creations can do so through the Jo-Ann community at"

Jo-Ann joins ArtFire as a Common Good Partner to promote the success of independent artists and crafters. These two partners, along with other industry leaders in the arts and crafts world, have joined forces to create the first free online craft marketplace. Artisans on ArtFire can list and sell an unlimited number of handmade or fine art items, absolutely free.

"This partnership will benefit Jo-Ann customers as well as ArtFire members," said John Jacobs, president of "Our members know Jo-Ann as a high-quality and trusted brand and millions of Jo-Ann customers now have an online marketplace to shop for the work of fellow crafters or start their own artisan business for free."

About ArtFire is the fastest growing artisan community on the web. In its first year online, ArtFire has welcomed more than 50,000 sellers from across the globe and now boasts more than 1,000,000 items listed. ArtFire allows members to create their own custom studio storefronts, from which they can sell their one-of-a-kind artisan creations to online shoppers and market their brand. For more information, visit

About Jo-Ann Stores, Inc.

Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores (NYSE: JAS) the nation's largest fabric and craft retailer with locations in 48 states, was founded in 1943 as a single retail store. Today, nearly 750 Jo-Ann stores across the country provide consumers with creative inspiration. For additional information, visit

Contact Information

    Lisa Greb
    Director, Public Relations
    Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores
    5555 Darrow Road | Hudson, OH 44236