I love shopping at Hobby Lobby and now I have another reason to love this fabulous arts and crafts chain! Hobby Lobby announced today they are raising the minimum wage for their employees. Yes, you heard right, Hobby Lobby is increasing the salaries of their employees.

Hobby Lobby has more than 500 arts and crafts stores in 41 states, and the increase will affect more than 15,300 employees nationwide, including the dozens of local residents who work at locations in Tyler and Longview.

Last year, Hobby Lobby raised its minimum wage to $12 per hour for full-time employees, far above the national minimum wage of $7.25. Now the chain is raising the full-time wage to $13 per hour. Part time wage is now $9 an hour.

It's the company's  fourth year in the row that it's offered pay increases to workers. CEO and founder David Green says Oklahoma-based Hobby Lobby workers are key to the company's success and that they deserve to be rewarded for their work.

What a refreshing way to run a company. Maybe that's way Hobby Lobby is so successful. Way to go!