I've been daydreaming lately about Paris, one of my favorite places on the planet. Daydreaming leads to planning, and planning leads to fruition -- soon, I hope! I like to time my travel dates with the January Maison & Objet gift show, which is truly a sight to see, and I love to find out what's going on in the paper stores in the city while I'm there. Here are some stores that are must-sees if you're a paper lover, like me.
Elements in this collage (ty001, red circle flower thanks) were created from papers I found at Calligrane (www.calligrane.fr) and Melodies Graphiques (http://bit.ly/1tT2D4j). You may have seen Melodies Graphiques featured awhile ago in a credit card commercial (http://vimeo.com/28325720).
(bd006, purple butterfly)
Melodies Graphiques has a more traditionally Parisian flavor; there's a nice interview here with Eric de Tugny, owner of the shop: http://bit.ly/1tT3odz
I went crazy over the marbelized paper, created by a French paper artist.
Calligrane is my favorite store in Paris. The owners stock papers from all over the world in its serene, streamlined space, including those made from vegetables and fruits pressed down to make ready-to-frame sheets.
I was drawn to their exquisite Japanese papers -- I'd never seen anything quite like them -- and delicate tissue papers like the red circles featured in the first collaged card.
Both of these lovely shops are located in the Marais on the same lovely street near the Seine, rue du Pont Louis-Philippe. There are two other stationery stores on the street informally known as "rue du Papier" to Parisians, and I visited other must-see papeteries, bookstores and gift shops that I'll list below. I would love to find even more beautiful paper products the next time I visit -- are there Parisian stationery stores that you love? Please send me a tweet @papertraveler if you can give me some great tips!
Calligrane: 6 rue du Pont Louis-Philippe (4th arrondissement)
Melodies Graphiques: 10 rue du Pont Louis-Philippe (4th)
Intaglio (www.intaglio.fr): 87 rue Lemercier (17th)
Delfonics (www. delfonics.fr): 99 rue de Rivoli (1st) (yes, this store was named for the R&B group!)
L'Appartement (http://bit.ly/1rY3EaS): 99 rue de Rivoli (1st)
L'Ecritoire (www.ecritoire.fr): 61 rue Saint Martin (4th)
I Love My Blender (www.ilovemyblender.fr): 36 Rue du Temple (4th) (this shop reminded me of PULP and made me feel at home.) :-))
Flammarion Bookshop at Centre Pompidou (http://www.centrepompidou-metz.com/en/book-and-gift-shop): Place Georges-Pompidou (4th)
I enjoyed making many new friends at the National Stationery Show last May, but when I saw the buyers from Home Rule (www.homerule.com) come around the corner to my booth, it truly felt as though I had come home, full circle. This beautifully curated housewares store sits two doors down from the now-shuttered shop I used to buy for, PULP DC. It was great to see familiar, friendly faces!
The shop is small, colorful, and smells yummy -- the Illume candles are wonderful. Home Rule has beautiful tabletop gifts and accessories, and you can find just about everything you need to furnish your kitchen and bathroom here. And It's the perfect place to buy the perfect wedding gift.
Home Rule was all decked out for summer fun when I arrived to see its new card department.
So fans of DC's 14th Street, if you need to satisfy your card fix, be sure to stop by Home Rule!
And be sure to say Hi to Mazin and the rest of the Home Rule crew, too. :-)
I was like a kid in a candy store when I visited the Museum Shop at the National Building Museum; there were so many things to look at, to touch, and to buy!
The outside of the museum looks very sturdy and stately, just as a museum dedicated to buildings should be.
And there is an awesome-looking Maze currently on exhibit that you should absolutely check out! You can find out more about it here: http://bit.ly/1ubL6TE. One of our local news networks interviewed Bjarke Ingels, the designer of the maze, here: http://bit.ly/1tfOW2I
The Museum Shop, rated one of the best places to buy gifts in DC, is chock-full of books on architecture and design, building toys, games, models, and crafts, jewelry, accessories and housewares, and beautiful stationery. I'm so happy that Beverly Jones, Paper Traveler cards are part of the lovely assortment!
Be sure to check out the Maze, check out the museum's Summer Block Party events, and check out the store -- you'll have a ball!
I was delighted to meet Daphne, the buyer for Reiter's Books, at the National Stationery Show in May. I told her that I'd never heard of Reiter's before, and that surprised me -- I thought I knew just about every bookstore in the city. But when she told me of Reiter's previous location, I realized I'd walked past many times without even thinking about it; I thought it only catered to the scientific community, and never ventured inside.
There's much more to this store, however. Reiter's Books bills itself as "one of a few woman-owned booksellers in the world that is focused on bringing scientific, medical and technical books directly to the community. From finance, economics, math and medicine to design, architecture, politics and policy, Reiter’s has what you’re looking for."
If you're a professional in the healthcare trade, Reiter's also carries stethoscopes and diagnostic kits, but there are gift items to please just about everyone, no matter what profession. They also carry lots of notecards, and I'm excited that Beverly Jones, Paper Traveler cards are available there, too!
Reiter's Books: 1900 G Street NW, Washington DC 20006
It is great fun digging into the history of the envelopes I discover, and I enjoyed finding out a bit of the history of the Occidental Hotel. Daniel Mallia of the History News Network wrote: “The history of the martini can easily be traced back to the late nineteenth century, when it was first consumed and listed in bartending manuals. The famous example of this was the drink's appearance in the 1887 manual of bartender Jerry Thomas, of the Occidental Hotel in San Francisco. This has led to the belief that the drink originated at the hotel bar, possibly as early as the 1860s, where it would have been consumed by travelers heading to the nearby city of Martinez. However, the city of Martinez has disputed this claim and suggests that the drink in fact originated in a prominent bar in Martinez, where it was known as a ‘Martinez Special.’”
William Grimes of the New York Times wrote: “In 1863, an English traveler named Edward Hingston walked into the Occidental Hotel in San Francisco and stepped up to the bar. There he beheld a magnificent figure wielding two mixing glasses and ‘all ablaze with diamonds.’ Hingston was looking at none other than Jerry Thomas, ‘the Jupiter Olympus of the bar,’ to lift a phrase from the bartender’s own drink book, the first ever published in the United States. In a cocktail-besotted era, Thomas was an inventor, showman and codifier who, in the book known variously as ‘The Bar-Tender’s Guide,’ ‘How to Mix Drinks’ or ‘The Bon-Vivant’s Companion,’ laid down the principles for formulating mixed drinks of all categories and established the image of the bartender as a creative professional.” Whatever the case, I love sharing dirty martinis with friends, and I enjoyed making this card. Care to have a cocktail with me?
I'm so excited -- this is actually happening -- my first gift show as an exhibitor! :-)
Beverly Jones, former buyer for PULP in Washington, D.C., will debut her new line of Beverly Jones, Paper Traveler greeting cards in New York City at the National Stationery Show/Signature Mix Marketplace. The show, held annually at Javits Convention Center in New York, takes place this year May 18-21.
"The Stationery Show has been one of my favorites, as a buyer, for many years," says Bev. "I believe it is the most personal show, because there are so many small, independent designers showcasing their lines. It's where you can see fresh, exciting work, and I am happy to be on the exhibitor side of the fence this year, featuring my own designs."
Beverly Jones, Paper Traveler products evoke the nostalgic spirit of travel and adventure through the use of old vintage envelopes, and the calm Zen of collaged Japanese papers. Bev enjoys combining her love of travel with heartfelt greetings, and is excited about sharing her new line with retailers who also take delight in the world of paper and inspiration. You can find these products, and say hi to Bev, in Booth #3155.
For more information, please contact:
Beverly Jones, Paper Traveler
11250 Roger Bacon Drive
Bldg. 15, Suite 205
Reston, VA 20190
Hi, friends. It's still cold and snowy, but here in Reston the birds are chirping like crazy, and I'm beginning to notice small buds on the trees. Spring will be here before we know it!
I am very grateful for many things these days. I was pretty sick in January, but now I'm on the mend and getting healthy, thanks to the love and support of my family. I'm happy to have more time to spend with my sweetie pie, Bob (love you, Honey!) I am learning lots of cool ways to manage and think about my business, due to the wisdom of my awesome creative coach, Rob Fortier (www.robfortier.com). And now, you can find Beverly Jones, Paper Traveler cards in a number of stores! Yippee!
So awesome to see my cards in the spinners and on the racks at Politics & Prose Bookstore!
Beverly Jones, Paper Traveler... right next to my Blue Barnhouse friends.
A nice card for saying goodbye to a coworker, or to say "bon voyage" in a Roy Rogers kind of way.
There are lots more, so if you're in the area, check out the bookstore and cafe at Politics & Prose. Beverly Jones, Paper Traveler cards are also available at the National Geographic Museum Store, the National Archives Store, and the Library of Congress Shop, all in Washington, D.C. There are more stores to come -- stay tuned, my friends!
The seeds for Beverly Jones, Paper Traveler germinated in 2009, when my love for travel really took off --pardon the pun!. It began with a lovely note -- "Whatever happens, if you sell everything we will send you or not, you should plan a little visit to Provence next year (May - June is the best season as the lavender is in full bloom and the fields are made of those beautiful streaks of blue lines of lavender while the weather is still clement and not yet too hot). We would be very happy to have you with us and show you around."
Those were the words of a then-new vendor, Domaine de Boyeres. The owner had come into PULP to buy a card for his wife, loved the store, and sent us product samples to try. We did, we loved and bought them, and I received this wonderful offer. I've said "No thank you" far too many times in my life, no matter how great the opportunity. But this time was different. I thought, "How could I pass up such a lovely invitation? Saying Yes put me on a life-changing path; after being on this planet for 50+ years, I got my very first passport and headed off to Europe!
I'd never seen a soap company before; it was fascinating. And the people who worked there were wonderful -- it was great to see the time and care they put into each product.
This was the lovely view from my bedroom window.
I ate wonderful food, visited the open weekend market in the nearby village of Apt, and visited local businesses carrying my vendor's lovely soaps and body care products.
I had a leisurely lunch with the staff just before I left, but I gotta tell you... I don't think they took two hour breaks every day! They were very hard workers.
I stopped over in Paris for two days before visiting Provence -- it was my very first time there, and on the first day I managed to find the Seine, get drenched in a rainstorm, and sip coffee outdoors at a cafe. What fun!
I stayed at Mama Shelter, which now is my favorite hotel in my second-favorite arrondissement (the 20th) in Paris. It is not in the heart of the city, but the rooms and rates are fab.
I walked to the Eiffel Tower... it took a long long long long time. I now know how to get there on the Metro, and on the bus. Each time I visit, I learn how to get around a little better!
When I got back to the states, I knew that I would want to be a world traveler for the rest of my life. I've been back to Paris three more times since then. Next on tap -- London, Paris (of course!), and Frankfurt in 2014, and research for a trip to Tokyo is in the works. Stay tuned for news of the fantastic products I'll be scouting out for you!