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Store Next Door: Simplyput Paper and Gift

  Simplyput Paper and Gift in Atlanta is not your typical stationery store. They are graphic designers, painters and crafty types who are obsessed with typography, paper and letterpress. But in addition to the amazing paper products, are the equally amazing gifts. Books by Taschen, Joe Cariati handcrafted decanters, Laura Zindel tabletop, Icemilk aprons, monogrammed bags and trays, soaps, candles, and of course, greeting cards round out a carefully curated and unique selection of gifts.…  » Read more

Store Next Door: A. Dodson’s

Giving back is essential for Virginia-based A. Dodson's By Sam Ujvary | sujvary@greatamericanpublish.com For retailers especially, community involvement is crucial. Giving back in any manner is encouraged and certainly welcome, and the variations are plentiful. Alison Dodson Anderson of the three-location Virginia-based A Dodson’s chooses to give back in a way that gets her customers and community involved as well. Having grown up playing in the aisles of her grandfather’s general store and seeing the…  » Read more

Store Next Door: A Store Named STUFF

Enthusiastic duo creates 'one-of-a-kind' shopping experience  By Julie McCallum | Special to Party & Paper Retailer Shopping in Kansas City is vibrant. Authentic retailers such as A Store Named STUFF have created unique shopping experiences within the neighborhoods throughout the large metropolitan area. STUFF has been open for almost 20 years and has moved to and from three distinct authentic neighborhoods: West Plaza, Westport and now, Brookside. “Kansas Citians seem to really enjoy boutique shopping…  » Read more

Store Next Door: Muse Art and Design

Portland crafts store an 'information resource'  By Ana Olvera | Special to Party & Paper Retailer Independent retail stores have often become staples in their communities — whether it’s due to engaging displays, recognizable staff or unique products. Peter Rossing, founder and owner of Muse Art and Design in Portland, Oregon, strives to foster an environment that sets his store as an information resource in his community. “Most people think of an art materials store as…  » Read more

Store Next Door: National Mustard Museum Store

Lessons from indepedent retailers outside the party industry... A lot of retailers look at building a website the same way they look at building a house. Once it’s built, it’s built, and hopefully there won’t be any major problems until it’s time to replace the shingles. Not so. A website — not to mention social media — takes paying it continual attention to keep it fresh and useful. That’s the message of Barry Levenson, head…  » Read more

Store Next Door: Outside the Lines Art & Gifts, Grand Rapids

Outside the Lines Art & Gifts Grand Rapids, Michigan By Zeke Jennings | ppredit@partypaper.com After 30 years in the corporate world, Sherri Brom decided to switch careers to something she held a little closer to her heart: handmade art and gifts from American artists. The switch wasn’t to create, but to become an outlet for such products. With little retail background other than being an avid shopper herself, Brom began the process of learning the ins…  » Read more

Store Next Door: Story, New York City

The Store Next Door: Lessons from independent retailers outside the party industry... Story, New York By Abby Kleckler | Special to Party & Paper Retailer Tell a story. Every retailer has its own story; its own history, its own merchandise, its own staff. It’s not news to you that telling your story is what sets you apart from the competition, but the challenge is keeping your message fresh and relevant. Story, a New York City gift shop,…  » Read more

Party Line: Beyond the Party

In our April issue, you’ll find a feature on a New York City store that has a very interesting way of doing business. Every four to eight weeks, Story — a 2,000-square-foot retail space in lower Manhattan — closes its doors for days at time so the staff can give the store a makeover. One setup might put an emphasis on holidays, while the next might be love, Made in America or wellness. The goal…  » Read more