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Ophir Crafts in Ann Arbor offers unique gifts for Black Friday sales event

Ophir Crafts  has a wide variety of gifts, crafts and fiber art.
Ophir Crafts has a wide variety of gifts, crafts and fiber art.
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A new shop has opened in Ann Arbor that is slightly different from your normal fiber or craft store. Ophir Crafts combines fine crafts and international gifts that are beautifully fashioned and one-of-a-kind. Ophir Crafts, located in the Westgate Shopping Center, offers opportunities for family and inter-generational fun learning activities.

A selection of gifts found at Ophir Crafts.
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Ophir Crafts Store location is Westgate Mall, 2507 Jackson Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Phone number is 734-794-7777 and store hours are Monday - Friday: 12:00 p.m. – 8:00p.m., Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

At Ophir Crafts you will not only find fabric art, jewelry and metal and wood crafts, but knitting, sewing, crocheting and card making to name a few. Basically owners Gary and Kate Ernsting have opened a cultural gift shop and are supporters of all crafts. Be sure to check their December schedule where you will interesting classes ranging from knitting to crocheting to Fabric Ball Ornaments. Also take a look at upcoming Trunk shows in the schedule.

Our store concept is unique and so is our name. Here is some background information about our company name. Ophir was the “El Dorado” of the ancient world, a place considered to be the gold standard of art and commerce. Ophir who was a descendant of Noah and a distant relative of Abraham in the Bible, was considered a minor patriarch. He founded the city of Ophir somewhere, it is believed, in either the Arabian peninsula or in Africa. The Queen of Sheba gave gifts from Ophir to King Solomon, and at her wedding, according to one Psalm, was wearing “gold of Ophir.” Ophir Crafts wants become the gold standard of crafting by making ancient skills available today to a new audience that will renew appreciation of these skills and create innovative ways to create with them today.

Ophir Crafts is participating in Black Friday and Small Business Saturday sales. Sales run both days and average 40-50 percent with a number of two for one specials. On Saturday some of the local artists that are store vendors will be at the shop participating in a "Meet the Artist" format. If you are interested in learning to knit beaded bracelets, Sheri, one of the former owners of Knit-A-Round, will also be at the store that day to teach the beading class.