Talk about timing. Just as Hobby Lobby won a contraceptive ruling in Supreme Court (and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg issued a blistering dissent), Hobby Lobby’s new Totowa store opened (the store takes the place of a former Conway store, by the Toys R Us).
The Record reports that some 50 people protested at the Totowa store on Saturday, including demonstrators from the National Organization for Women, Planned Parenthood and the League of Women Voters. A smaller protest occurred at the store’s grand opening on July 7.
For two hours Saturday afternoon, the protesters in front of the Totowa Hobby Lobby — newly opened as of July 7 — held hand-lettered signs with such slogans as “Family planning is a family value,” “Women’s values trump corporate dictates,” and “My religious freedom has been given to corporations.”
Besides its role in the controversial Supreme Court decision, Hobby Lobby in Totowa moves into a competitive crafting field, with A.C. Moore and Michaels both nearby in Clifton, not to mention Montclair’s own crafter’s paradise, Rock Paper Scissors.