You might remember the awesome guest posts from Carina of Crow and Canary this past April – she’s a fabulous independent stationery rep who spends much of her time touring the country talking about beautiful stationery. Well, today Carina is back with a profile of three wonderful stationery boutiques in the Midwest. Welcome back Carina!
Hello there! Carina from Crow and Canary here. It’s my sincere pleasure to return to OSBP with a guest post profiling some of the finest stationery boutiques in the Midwest. I think you’re going to love what you see – I was truly in paper heaven!
Let’s start off by taking a peek into Monograham Paper & Gifts in Delafield, Wisconsin. This stunning boutique is run by Amy Graham Stigler, creative director and designer for Smock. Every corner of Monograham held some lovely treasure. It’s certainly the type of shop that you could plan to spend an afternoon shopping in. I only wish that I could visit regularly!
A real treat to see the shop decked out for the holidays!
Left: Washi tape adorned bags were set up for an upcoming craft class that Monograham has recently begun offering. Aren’t they adorable? Right: Some of the amazing wedding invitations available at Monograham.
A peek into Amy’s adjacent studio space: Breathtaking wall of smock gift boxes, they make quite an impression.
A bit of designer’s inspiration, such a cozy space.
Broadway Paper has been on my radar for some time, I was so excited to finally have an opportunity to visit, as well as to enjoy a few precious minutes with Kate Strzok, Broadway Paper’s owner and fearless leader. Kate is always a delight! Broadway Paper is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s Historic Third Ward and is surrounded by other great boutiques and cafes. I loved getting to ogle BP’s creative merchandising and handmade touches. I’m still obsessed with the paper log display below, so very clever.
Near the entrance to Broadway Paper: Snow & Graham 2012 calendar window display.
I couldn’t resist one of Avie Design’s sweet hand-folded bows; luckily it made it home unscathed.
These modern card racks are a sight to behold, not to mention all the cute cards that fill them.
A display of Cream City Ribbon, an eco-friendly ribbon manufacturer and Milwaukee based company.
Little Book of Letterpress and Little Book of Screen Printing sandwiching Mara Mi ribbon.
Very cute display, including the infamous handmade cardboard logs that I so admire.
GREER Chicago and proprietress, Chandra Greer, are true legends in the stationery world. I’m fortunate to count Chandra as a friend and mentor and I know that her positive attitude and giving nature have been paramount for many emerging stationers over the years. GREER is beyond my wildest dreams fabulous. It’s very clear that Chandra hand picks the merchandise and works with an above average staff to maintain stunning presentation; you don’t have to take my word – have a look yourself…
Left: This Hammerpress calendar makes me think of pink lemonade, love! Right: I only wish I’d had time to look through every drawer, so many hidden treasures!
Left: Luscious ribbon in a vintage card catalog. Right: GREER’S Love Civilettes are perfect for “Spontaneous Adoration.”
Perfect Chicago holiday greeting from La Familia Green.
A sincere thank you to Amy, Kate and Chandra for finding time to meet with me and allow me to come into their lovely spaces to take photographs, not always the easiest feat during a weekend in December! Their grace and generosity are much appreciated. And if you see something that you’re dying to get your hands on, both Broadway Paper and GREER Chicago offer comprehensive online shopping.
And last, but far from least, thanks to my traveling companion and partner in paper crime, Kimberley Yurkiewicz.
Photo Credits: Carina Murray
“On the road with Monograham, Broadway Paper and GREER” is a guest post by Carina Murray of Crow & Canary