A few weeks ago on Facebook, I posted a heads up about this website:
It’s like a dream come true for those of us who love independent retail shops!
Check it out + thank me later (you’re welcome.)
You’ll see that you can search for shops in different countries + cities + genres.
Today, let’s visit a stationery shop in New Orleans:
The shopkeepers are cousins — Kate Wyman + Anna Boyer.
And they have a shop dog — a labradoodle named Mildred Yvonne!
Nope. It doesn’t get much cuter than this!
Ha ha ha! Cute, yes, but this wins as the CUTEST!
Because everybody knows that dogs sitting upright + reading = comedy gold!
Anyway, their biz name, Grove Street Press, is quite literal,
as the women have a letterpress studio behind their shop:
Pay close attention to the tartan plaid envelope lining of this card:
Apparently the girls make them!
Now, then — let’s take a quick trip through their retail space, starting outside.
Doesn’t that charming storefront make you want to see what’s inside?
(Side note: Have I mentioned my late, great retail store, Heart-In-Hand?)
Here ’tis, at Christmas time, 1987
I only mention it because I still have a bit of “retail fever” (<– I made that up),
which probably explains why I love perusing wonderful shops like this one.
My store had a couple of large, old sorters for merch displays, like here:
One of them — my postal sorter — is currently in the dining room of our Dutch colonial,
+ before that, was in our brick bungalow’s living room:
We are using my other large sorter in our Dutch colonial’s living room:
Oh, how fun it is, to go down memory lane!
Speaking of which, please note the U.S. flag that the women hung in their store:
Turns out that I used to hang the huge funeral flag of my grandpa’s
(he was in France in WWI.)
Here we are, the flag + me, together at an outdoor market, last year:
But back to Grove Street Press.
This FAN-tastic gallery wall has me yearning to have one of our own!
Pass me the hammer + nails + stay tuned!