JoAnn Stores expanding partnership with Glowforge! Congrats to Dan and the Team

Just saw this in my Retail news feed for work, so congrats to @Dan and the rest of the Glowforge team. Given that the one store in Columbus carries proofgrade materials, hopefully this is a sign that we’ll be able to purchase materials locally, as well as in bulk from the the Glowforge store.

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JoAnn Stores Press Release

And, having visited that store and purchased a bunch of PG materials, the staff there who use the machine (and help customers) love it. It really creates a unique retail experience and has the potential to bring the power of Glowforge to a whole new set of people.


This is very cool. I’ll have to share the news about the custom shop in Natick.

I’m hoping to see PG materials in stores nearby. That would be amazing.


I has some customer visits in Columbus earlier this year, so used it as a chance to stock up on some additional materials. Prices were higher than via the GF store, but they did allow me to apply both the JoAnn coupon and a competitor coupon to different items in my purchase (no stacking of coupons, of course).


That’s good to know. Since you don’t have to pay shipping that could work out in your favor for small purchases. I don’t actually use a lot of PG materials right now, but being able to run out and grab something if I needed it could change that.

I think the most exciting part for me is that it may be the start of more maker materials being widely available. Especially materials like acrylic and thin woods, which just aren’t readily available everywhere.


Coupons worked? now I’m excited!


This is AWESOME for GF and the community as a whole. Congrats to Dan and the whole team!!!

It’s sooo good to see a startup like this succeed and grow. Proud to be an owner!

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Most Excellent! Congrats! :grinning:

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Wow! Sounds great. Do we know when they’ll roll it out to other stores? And/or get proofgrade material in store?

Very exciting! I’m traveling for the holidays, so I’m pretty sure @ChristyM will beat me to the Natick store.

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If they were selling PG, I’d already be there, but I don’t think it’s worth the schlep to Natick to just peek at their GF.

We must have someone closer to Natick… @henryhbk?


There’s one about 2 miles from my house - come on proofgrade materials!


Might want to check / call them, because they DO carry proofgrade materials at the one In Columbus, OH. I’ve purchased there twice.

So if you are close to Natick, give it a shot!

I think that’s the only one that has PG materials so far.

I just checked online and the ones are me don’t carry the proofgrade yet. But they can free ship to my store, so that is a cool option.

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I am going to check out the one in Columbus today! I may pick up some materials depending on what is in stock. My mom has a lot of the coupons. Visiting parents…

Just made the visit and picked up a few items. I was able to get a full sheet of PG medium leather for $15 after using a half off coupon. The cherry thick plywood was cheaper than ordering online and was $17. Everything else was a bit more (eg Acrylic was 6.00 instead of 3.50 online, Draftboaed was $10). Also thought I’d share some pictures so people can see what it’s like.

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That’s really funny…I’ve actually got more stock here. :smile:
(Which might indicate that I have a problem with hoarding craft supplies.) :rofl:


Hah! My collection is building, but I’m sure it’s nothing compared to yours! I figure they might have gotten wiped out by the holiday rush. I was hoping to get some thick maple but they were completely out of it. So apparently it is selling pretty well!

I think this is a great idea / concept for Glowforge. The price of the materials seems very reasonable considering you don’t have to pay shipping, and it’s available right there on the shelf. I am not sure what Joann Fabrics charges for using the laser (if anything). However, there were several people there happily crafting away in the area with the tables across from the GF- I bet they get some good usage out of it.


Well there goes any exclusivity one may have had…

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What do you mean by that?

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