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Our Story

Snuggly Monkey is a small, family-run business that has been proudly based in Durham, NC since 2011. Owner-operator, Claudia Martinez, combines more than 20 years of crafting experience with her passion for supporting others on their creative journey in order to thoughtfully curate a wide selection of exceptional supplies intended to make the process of crafting enjoyable and rewarding. By working directly with independent designers and other small family-run businesses whenever possible, Claudia ensures that the selection at Snuggly Monkey is both unique and supportive of the creative community. 

Snuggly Monkey has changed a great deal over the past decade. The shop originally began as a handmade shop on Etsy in 2008 and eventually evolved into a craft supply store by 2011.  From the early days of making and selling Waldorf-inspired dolls to the years of making badge reels and lanyards to the present day commitment to quality craft supplies, one thing has remained a constant - Snuggly Monkey’s dedication to exceptional quality and outstanding customer service. In this era of big box stores and anonymous online shopping, we strive to create a local community shop feel in this small corner of the online shopping world. 

We believe that all businesses have a responsibility to be good corporate citizens. Through continuing efforts to reduce the use of plastic in our in-house packaging and working with our distributors to minimize plastic and excessive packaging, we continue to search for ways to improve the environmental impact of our business. Snuggly Monkey could not exist without the support of our local and global creative community, and so we see it as our privilege to be able to offer our support in return.  From product donations to local schools and non-profit organizations to regular financial contributions to a wide variety of organizations, including World Central Kitchen, the ACLU, hurricane relief funds and more, social giving is an important part of what we do every day.



As an avid crafter/maker/quilter/baker myself, I know first hand how much time and effort goes into handmade items. For many of us, creating is a form of self expression as well as an important component of self-care. It is this knowledge that drives my passion for finding the highest quality supplies in order to make the process of creating as enjoyable as possible. Thank you for visiting Snuggly Monkey and for being a part of our community of makers!