NYC's best: Stationery stores
Make your missives letter-perfect in 2008 via these paper-goods emporiums.
Thu Dec 27 2007
View the photo gallery to the left to see how a well-designed thank-you note does most of the work for you.
Bowne & Co., Stationers
The South Street Seaport Museum's re-creation of an 1870s-style print shop holds the title of NYC's most venerable letterpress outpost. But it's more than just a relic: The 19th-century platen presses—hand-set using antique type and powered by a treadle—offer an old-fashioned alternative to Word's latest font selection. What's more, you can watch the quaint machine imprint your calling cards using classic Crane & Co. stationery (from $150). South Street Seaport Museum, 211 Water St at Fulton St (212-748-8651)
Photographs: Beth Levendis and Wenyi Huang
This haven for stationery lovers still carries one of the best, though pricey, collections of decorative paper, boxed cards (from $20) and pens (beginning at $2) in the city. Scan the wall of specialty styles for squares of Japanese washi paper printed with kimono florals ($3--$10), handcrafted lace-like sheets ($3) and rectangles of Thai banana paper ($3) before winding your way through the 20 departments dedicated to envelopes, wax seal stamps ($20) and bone folders ($8). If you're planning a bridal or baby shower, don't miss the custom printing section's massive binders of designs, much more thrilling to receive than an Evite. 72 Spring St between Crosby and Lafayette Sts (212-941-9816); go to katespaperie.com for additional locations.
Amble to the Soho flagship of this 57-year-old paper-goods chain for more than just a dependable selection of Chinese New Year's greetings and cards for Boss's Day. In the custom printing section, on-site graphic designers can honor your wishes for letterhead adorned with colored inks, pearlized paper and your fave images. There's also a letterpress printing service offering exclusive designs for your change-of-address announcements. Of course, you can also pick up personalized basket-weave journals ($24), frames ($5--$68) and paperweights ($32) to beautify your desk. 73 Spring St between Crosby and Lafayette Sts (212-625-0912); go to papyrusonline.com for additional locations.
This 8,000-square-foot, bamboo-bedecked emporium offers virtually every service for devotees of the low-tech missive. Beyond myriad options for imported stationery from labels such as G. Lalo (from $26), you can choose from engraving, thermography or letterpress at the on-site printer. A calligrapher can jot down your friends' and loved ones' addresses in an elegant script. 13 E 13th St between Fifth Ave and University Pl (212-807-6502, arthursinvitations.com)
Sisters Beth and Amy Salvini fill their adorable, wallpapered shop with scads of cheery journals ($10--$70), sweet bookplates ($15) and handmade retro greeting cards ($4 and up). Snap up boxed sets of moose-bedecked designs ($16 for a set of eight) to celebrate your next nature outing. We also suggest scanning the artful templates and multitude of fonts and images from their custom letterpress section to dish up luxe announcements printed on cotton card stock. 39 Christopher St between Seventh Ave and Waverly Pl (212-989-7464, greenwichletterpress.com)
The Ink Pad
Perhaps Manhattan's only store dedicated to rubber stamps, this oddball nook offers thousands of themed and artsy designs (starting at $6) for adorning papers and cards. To further embellish your stationery, check out their range of punches ($6--$20), stencils ($7--$14), embossing powder ($6--$8), glitter ($5--$7) and tassels ($7) as well as publications like Crafts N' Things ($6) and Somerset Studio ($9). 22 Eighth Ave between Jane and W 12th Sts (212-463-9876, theinkpadnyc.com)