I've been waiting to get through the holiday season to share these pictures of the super cute shower at my house for my good friend Meghan. As a Chi Omega, hosting a shower for another Chi Omega, whose mother was attending and is also a Chi Omega, what better decor than a plethora of all things hoot-iful! I hope you'owl enjoy!
Check out the beautiful pics of a shower for our friend Lauren at Rock Paper Scissor! Though we wish we could have been there in person we're excited that our ever so popular letterpressed coasters made an appearance. Thanks ladies for allowing us to be part of the festivities!
Papers + Presents is an adorable store in Wellesley, Massachusetts! Carolyn McCoy had an eye for stationery at a young age! Thanks to the inspiration from hometown store in Virginia, Carolyn established a store all her own years later. Papers + Presents is a unique and trendy place to pick up some gifts or just find goodies for yourself. Here at Haute Papier we just had to find out more from Carolyn.
How many years have you been in business? I started my business 23 years ago. Wow!
Do you have a website, if so, what's the address? www.paperspresents.com (on the verge of debuting our new site - with our fresh new look. stay tuned!)
If you were to sell something other than stationery, what would it be? If I didn't have the shop, I think it would be fun to have a cool restaurant.
Besides the obvious (stationery ), what is your favorite thing to give as a hostess gift? For hostess gifts, if i don't give stationery, I like to give a nice bottle of wine (with a darling, custom hang tag!) or a jar of nam's bits (again with my custom label - xoxo, carolyn + tim)
Here at Haute Papier, we love to eat! When in NYC for the National Stationery Show, where is your favorite place to grab dinner? For eats in NYC - Cipriani and Buddakan are faves. YUM!!!
Any other tidbits about your store you'd like to share? We just renovated our store. Having been in this space for 12+ years, we felt it needed a little lovin'. I am really happy with the renovation. Come visit if you are in the Boston area.
Walton Street Stationers is a consult only location. In the heart of Alexandria, Virginia, Nancy helps clients create wedding stationery and gifts personalized for each person in their lives. I wanted to ask Nancy some more information about Walton Street and how she started.
How many years have you been in business? I started my business in 1999.
Do you have a website, if so, what's the address? www.waltonstreetstationers.net
If you were to sell something other than stationery, what would it be? I would sell fabulous bespoke cashmere from Scotland...just like stationery, it is about color and texture and finding the perfect thing
Besides the obvious (stationery ), what is your favorite thing to give as a hostess gift? Some of my favorite things for hostess gifts, (besides notepads and coasters from Haute Papier) are: treats for the hosts pets, if they have them, or some special confections....once again, it is about finding the perfect thing for that person
Here at Haute Papier, we love to eat! When in NYC for the National Stationery Show, where is your favorite place to grab dinner? Two of my favorite spots in NYC are: Osteria al Doge at 142 W.44th Street. It is a great place to relax and enjoy fresh and fabulous Italian food, after being at the Show. Another favorite little spot, although further away, is: Bistro Chat Noir, at 22 E. 66th Street. It is a delightful little french bistro.
Any other tidbits about your store you'd like to share? Without a storefront, I work by appointment and will go wherever my clients are. The beauty of this is that I can give them my complete, undivided attention as we pick out their personal stationery, invitations, holiday cards, baby announcements, and gifts. It is such a treat to get to know clients over the years and to be a part of the milestones in their lives, as well as the everyday. Since I do not have a storefront, my business is based largely on referrals, which is the best compliment anyone can give. I also donate to causes that are important to me, as well as to my clients.
The Paper Shop in Winter Park, Florida draws you in! Ellen has been in business for 30 years! I just had to hear some of her stories and of course learn more about her dog Nikki! Ellen's store is a desired place for all wedding paper needs. The Paper Shop offers gifts, stationery, baby goodies and much more!
How many years have you been in business? I've been in business 30 years (how did that happen??). The shop opened in January 1981.
Do you have a website, if so, what's the address? www.papershop.com is our web address... our site went up in 1994 and we were doing e-commerce all over the world for a while (this was long before finestationery.com and wedding paperdivas,etc.)... now our site is just a marketing tool for the store.
If you were to sell something other than stationery, what would it be? What else would I be selling? Well, in the mid-'80's one of my customers talked me into opening a high-fashion shoe store with her .... it was great, but after 2 years I decided "partners are for dancing" and she bought me out (closing the shop 8 months later)... and, in 2000, I opened a linen shop, called Luxe Linens, which lasted 8 1/2 years... I closed it 3 years ago when the economy started to falter... but, we still carry linens in The Paper Shop.
Besides the obvious (stationery ), what is your favorite thing to give as a hostess gift? My favorite hostess gift to give is a silver wine stopper topped with Lapis or Malachite - if there is a drop of wine or champagne left over, it seals the bottle airtight, and looks pretty ... or, a fabulously scented Rigaud candle. My closest friends sometimes rate a small tin of good caviar.
Here at Haute Papier, we love to eat! When in NYC for the National Stationery Show, where is your favorite place to grab dinner? As for dinner in NYC ... after working as hard as we do, from 9 am until 6 or 7, there is no such thing as "grabbing" dinner....no, dinner is what gets me through the day and the thing I look forward to the most.
Several of my favorites have sadly closed last year, but my standby favorites are: Park Avenue Cafe (now known as Park Avenue Fall; Park Avenue Winter, etc) and 11 Madison Park. On that one night when I really can't face an entire evening out, I like to fall into the Brasserie (53rd St).
Any other tidbits about your store you'd like to share? I had one employee who worked for me (part-time) for 22 years, until she retired; another who has been with me for 13 years; several who leave (to go back to school, to get married, to move out of town) and then keep coming back (makes training a snap).
I am now writing wedding orders for brides whose birth announcements I wrote .... bar/bat mitzvah invitations for children whose birth announcements I've done ..... we've done some brides' first and second wedding invitations and currently are working on our first double wedding.... Every day brings a fresh new challange and a new story ... that's what keeps life interesting.