As a rule, we try not to focus TOO much attention on big name retail paper stores. However, for this post we decided to mention Papyrus Stores only because they are a good alternative to the usual mallrat (Hallmark, etc.) card companies.
Make no mistake about it, this is a fairly large paper company and you WILL find them at your local mall. But that’s actually a nice thing about Papyrus, because assuming you need some paper supplies in a hurry and the mall is the only option, there’s a chance you might be able to pick up something nice without feeling like you’re in the supermarket card aisle.
A bit ‘o history about the company, which has been around for over 50 years. It’s of course named after the papyrus plant which is said to have contributed the fiber for the earliest form of paper ever. It was started by Marcel and Margrit Schurman (notable for Schurman Fine Papers) and continues to be run today by their daughter Dominique.
Papyrus Stores are known for their presentation of paper goods as much as the actual product itself. The nice thing is that whenever I walk into a Papyrus, it feels like you’re in a museum store or something, instead of a mall store. Clean, well-lighted and with a set up similar to an art gallery, the stores also offer a fairly wide array of paper products from announcements, standard greeting cards, gift bags, stationery and journals.
If you’re mostly used to aisles and aisles of “funny” cards like at Hallmark, you probably won’t dig Papyrus as much. The card selection isn’t as huge as those type of stores, but there is definitely some nicer sets of cards for a select type of paper shopper.
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