Woodcraft Superstore

I’m on my way to the AAW Symposium later this week, but my wife and I are combining a little family visiting time as well. We’ve driven to Cincinnati and tomorrow I’m getting on a plane to Minneapolis for the Symposium.

Usually when I’m in Cincinnati I stop by the local Woodcraft store. Since I spend so much time, and money, there when I’m at home, I like to see what other stores look like. I was disappointed when I was last in Cincinnati, since I drove over to the store location, only to find the building empty. I figured they were a victim of the economy and resigned myself to no more auxiliary woodwork shopping whie in Cincinnati. However, just as we were returning home from that trip, I saw a sign that touted their new location. Great, they hadn’t closed, but had just moved.

I decided to check out the new store on this trip and I must say I was a bit overwhelmed – the place was huge.

© 2011 Ed Malesky - New Woodcraft Cincinnati store

The inside was immense.

© 2011 Ed Malesky - Store Interior

I spent some time talking to the Asst. Manager and it was clear how much work they put into creating this new space. The building had formally been an Old Navy store, so they had plenty of square footage, but there were a number of additions that they had to make before they opened the store.

They laid all the wooden floor by hand, but they also added some great space for a classroom and for wood, lumber sales and a nice reading area.

© 2011 Ed Malesky - Classroom

 

© 2011 Ed Malesky - Wood Room

 

They told me that this was the first Woodcraft Superstore in the country and I believe them. I haven’t seen another Woodcraft that parks a truck inside the building.

© 2011 Ed Malesky - Old Delivery Truck

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