You walk up to the store and they have local artist's work in the windows. I actually saw a friend of mines work being shown there, fell in love with a piece and bought it. I think this is wonderful. You then walk into the store on the main level and it is a cornucopia of delightful finds. Every possible technique seems to be available for you. You walk upstairs into the studio.
Here's the really neat thing about this place:
1. You can use the studio and everything in it (Stamps, tools, scraps, etc) for a fee. $5.00 an hour or $15.00 for the entire day. The people who work there are knowledgeable and are more than happy to help you out.
2. The workshops are so much fun. You go in, grab a bit of food (organic and healthy stuff) and go to town creating. The last workshop I was at we decorated our jeans and everything was supplied. I don't remember how much it was but I think around $30.00 (bring your own jeans). They also give you a free gift or two. Talk about fun.
3. Technique-of-the-Month Club. I have been a member for several months and am never disappointed in the treasures I receive. It's only $15.99 a month and if you pick it up at the shop you get some free studio time to boot! (They will also ship it to you).
4. Rubber Rental Membership. For $15.99 a month you can check out up to 3 stamps at a time (They have to have thousands of stamps there and it is well organized). You return the stamps at your convenience and take three more. How easy is that? Also, some of the stamps I like I would have to pay a small fortune to buy and I may only need it for one project. This way I don't have to worry about that.
This store is in the heart of Santa Ana's Artists Village. Come down on the first Saturday of each month for the open house. You can walk through the galleries and studios, see a live performance or just hang out and enjoy the music. Many of the galleries are giving away munchies and wine. It is so much fun. This is how I discovered The Art Bar! (theartbar.net)