Brooklyn's 1st Michael's craft store opens at Gateway Center in East New York

Crafty Brooklyn residents came out for the opening of the borough's first-ever Michael's arts and crafts store. It opened its doors Sunday at the Gateway

Brooklyn's first Michael's craft store opened at the

Brooklyn's first Michael's craft store opened at the Gateway Center in East New York. (Credit: News 12 Brooklyn)

BROOKLYN - Crafty Brooklyn residents came out for the opening of the borough's first-ever Michael's arts and crafts store.

It opened its doors Sunday at the Gateway Center in East New York. The 17,000-square-foot location, which took almost two years to build, is employing dozens of residents from around the borough.

Residents are thrilled to have a large craft retailer nearby, saying they would often travel to Queens or Long Island to purchase their supplies.

The store was giving away more than $1,000 in gift cards and prizes every hour throughout the day.

During the week, Michael's will be offering free craft lessons from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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