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Castle in the Air

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Castle in the Air
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Time Out Says

Entering this whimsical store feels like stepping into another world, where dolls, masks, puppets, and curiosities adorn the walls and dangle from the ceiling. The two-story space was founded by painter Karima Camel in 2001—her artful aesthetic is apparent. The focus is on high-end paper goods from Europe, including fine paper from Prague, leather notebooks from Germany, and hand-painted wrapping paper from Italy. The stash includes vintage-style greeting cards, postcards, rubber stamps, fountain pens, and calligraphy nibs and ink. In addition, the store regularly hosts classes ranging from beginning calligraphy to paper flower making. Head upstairs to ogle antique dollhouses and rare collectibles.


1805 4th St
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