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New York 2019: NYNOW + National Stationery Show

Pei Sim


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In case you missed it, I spent a few whirlwind days in New York last week to attend NYNOW + The National Stationery Show! It’s my third time at the Stationery Show but my first for NYNOW - they recently combined the two making it a lot easier (and affordable!) for me to attend both. If you’re not totally sure what those two things are, they are basically large trade shows where both big brands and more independent brands exhibit their brands, products and goods for the season. To say it’s an overwhelming experience is putting it lightly, and even though it’s not my first trade show rodeo, walking a large convention center with rows and rows of brands can take a lot out of you!

A lot of people ask how you can attend and unfortunately you do have to have credentials to attend. I attend as a retail buyer and had to apply + show proof of shop/business ownership to be able to enter. I also did see some name badges for media (like the Oprah Magazine) where their editors may be walking the show to get insights to trends for the season. There are also the big buyers like Target, Anthropologie, Paper Source etc walking the show and I know it’s a huge deal for smaller brands to make those contacts in person.

Trade shows are not for the faint of heart, I’m not exaggerating when I say the investment to attend and participate in a large trade show can be in the 5 digits. I’ve heard from businesses who exhibit when they say it can take a full year to see it pay itself off as buyers don’t always write orders immediately.

The past few years when I’ve attended, I’ve always had a “plan” (which is kinda laughable looking back!) I would allot a buying budget and make a list of every brand I had interest in seeing + business I wanted to meet in person. And without fail, the past two years it was like letting a kid loose in a candy store. I want to bring so much into the shop because I personally love it and just know you guys would too. So I really have to reign myself in because blacking out at a trade show is a much larger hit on your bank account than a Target black out lol

This year, it was really fun getting to walk the show with my fellow stationery shop biz bestie, KB who owns Calliope Paperie in Natick, MA. We became friends via the world of Instagram years ago and have since become in real life friends. Let me tell you how amazing it is to have someone who is in the same specific industry as you who you can truly bounce ideas off of, as well as someone you can genuinely vent to because she 100% relates!

We walked the show together after we meshed our lists (of brands + people we wanted to see) and would flitter off every now and then to see brands that were maybe a bit more specific to each of our tastes/stores. Not to mention I was running to the bathroom every 30 mins too (did I mention how extra tiring it was to be on my feet for 10+ hours while 6 months pregnant?) KB was a real MVP for slowing down so I could keep up as well as understood that when I said I was hungry or needed a snack - it was time to hustle to get this girl something to eat!

I ended up placing several orders I am extremely excited about and have them tapered to ship between now and the next couple of months. I can’t wait for you guys to come see what I picked out!

Scroll on down to see all the photos of some of the fun things I loved at this year’s show - p.s. There’s even a section at the end of all the places we went to (mostly food) while not at the show :)

Also if you want to see more behind the scenes, I created a highlight via Instagram of my 3 days there!

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THINGS I ATE IN NY + SHOPS I VISITED (not all pictured):

EATS

Supermoon Bake Shop: fancy and fun croissants

Meatball Shop: delicious meatballs and spaghetti

Boba Guys : had the strawberry matcha boba with oat milk

Joes Steam Rice Rolls: MY FAVORITE THING I ATE (loved the order with shrimp and I may have eaten two plates of this)

Momofuku Noodle Bar: loved their buns + ramen

Liberty Bagels: had this twice, my favorite was the cinnamon raisin with plain cream cheese - I even carried home 4 bagels in my purse for Evan

Magnolia Bakery: one night after dinner, KB and I got an entire box of mini cupcakes to eat back at the hotel room lol

THINGS TO DO

Chillhouse: where I got my cute manicure - counts as a business expense doesn’t it? For all the card holding pictures? They specialize in nail art and use “clean” nail polishes. Their staff is extremely helpful for those of us (ahem, me) who can’t decide on colors.

Goods For The Study: dreamy stationery shop

CW Pencil Enterprise: one of my favorite little gems

Greenwich Letterpress: a cute stationery shop

Pink Olive: stationery + gift shop

Round Up: Q3 Paper + Craft Pantry Book Club Picks

Pei Sim


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Happy July!

We voted on our Q3 book club reads and are so excited to dive into these three new books with you from July-September. Our book clubs are open to anyone who wants to attend, and we welcome everyone with open arms :)

If you’re new around here, here is what you can expect with our book club:

  1. We are sharing our book picks by the quarter. So you’ll be able to get an idea of what books are coming up!

  2. Book club nights will take place on the last Wednesday of each month from 6pm-7:15pm.

  3. Book club members are invited to bring a snack to share at the meeting and we’ll provide a glass of wine- you guys voted for snacks + wine :)

  4. Book club members will vote on the next quarters books!

  5. We’re committed to making this year the best year yet for book club- and are asking you to join us. Make reading a part of your routine, carve out that one time a month to join us in our studio, better yet, invite a friend to join us. Book club is meant to keep us connected in this busy, busy world!

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Q3 Books + Meeting Dates

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July’s Book:

Normal People by Sally Rooney

July Meeting:

Wednesday, July 31st 2019 | 6pm-7:15pm


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August’s Book:

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

August Meeting:

Wednesday, August 28th 2019 | 6pm-7:15pm


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September’s Book:

The Gold Finch by Donna Tartt

September Meeting:

Wednesday, September 25th | 6pm-7:15pm


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Want to join the Paper + Craft Pantry Book Club in 2019?

Fill out this form to join us!

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AROUND AUSTIN: SUMMER EATS 2019

Pei Sim


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We’ve noticed a huge increase in out of town visitors at the shop the past few weeks and it’ll likely continue as so many people like to visit Austin in the Summer time!

And I’ve personally had so many out of town visitors the past few weeks it’s actually been really fun showing them around. Let’s be real, it’s also been really fun playing tourist myself :)

There’s definitely no shortage of great local spots everywhere, and even new ones that keep popping up it can be hard to even keep up. But I do have a few places in my back pocket that (for better or worse- I know everyone has very strong opinions about food these days lol) are my go to places.

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Here’s what made the top 10 list of place I take out of towners to eat:

La Barbecue- Everyone has their favorite joint in town and this is my personal favorite.

Hopdoddy- Two words, truffle fries.

Pinthouse Pizza- I love that they have a gf option using cauliflower pizza crusts- plus their pint house salad is one of my favorites! I sub out the poppyseed dressing with their peppercorn vinaigrette and it’s SO good.

Tiny Boxwoods- Hands down my favorite spot for breakfast or lunch, in by far the cutest little restaurant. I only order two things on their menu, their eggs + avocado or their burger (sub for a gluten free pita crust = a burger burrito), you can thank me later after you order the unofficial burger burrito ;)

Komé- My go-to sushi spot in town. Huge fan of of their nigiri!

Bento Picnic- Because in between all the “heavier” meals, you need something on the healthier side. I love the combination of pickled veggies and sticky rice with quinoa. This place was particularly delicious for one of my friends who was vegan!

Tumble 22- Not like I need friends visiting for an excuse to go get fried chicken, but my friend visiting from the NE wanted fried chicken and I was not going to object! I get the hot chicken and always get the kale slaw, potato salad plus extra pickles. I love that they have a wimpy option for those not into spice!

Veracruz Tacos- A visit to Austin isn’t complete without breakfast tacos is it? Also the one located more North has a coffee shop tucked in- and I had a horchata espresso that was delicious.

Milk & Cookies - Right next to Tiny Boxwoods, they have a grab and go counter serving up all the coffee + pastries of your dreams.

Nadamoo Scoop Shop- I’ve only had Nadamoo once, many moons ago and I was honestly just indifferent about it, but holy moly- the chocolate peanut butter scoop I got in a gf waffle cone was so good. It definitely didn’t taste dairy free and I’m so glad my vegan friend wanted to swing by!

Where are some of your favorite spots to go to when friends visit?

Tell us in the comments below :)









Round Up: Q2 Paper + Craft Pantry Book Club Picks

Pei Sim


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Happy April!

In case you missed it, we’re doing things a little differently this year and want to invite you to join our Paper + Craft Pantry Book Club! We had a really great time growing our “new” book club through Q1 and are excite to dive into our new 3 books for the second quarter.

If you’re new around here, here is what you can expect with our book club:

  1. We are sharing our book picks by the quarter. So you’ll be able to get an idea of what books are coming up!

  2. Book club nights will take place on the last Wednesday of each month from 6pm-7:15pm.

  3. Book club members are invited to bring a snack to share at the meeting and we’ll provide a glass of wine- you guys voted for snacks + wine :)

  4. Book club members will vote on the next quarters books!

  5. We’re committed to making this year the best year yet for book club- and are asking you to join us. Make reading a part of your routine, carve out that one time a month to join us in our studio, better yet, invite a friend to join us. Book club is meant to keep us connected in this busy, busy world!

Q2 Books + Meeting Dates

Paper + Craft Pantry 2019 Book Club- January- March book picks!

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April’s Book:

Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

April Meeting:

Wednesday, April 24th 2019 | 6pm-7:15pm


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May’s Book:

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

May Meeting:

Wednesday, May 29th 2019 | 6pm-7:15pm


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June’s Book:

The Keeper Of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

June Meeting:

Wednesday, June 26th | 6pm-7:15pm

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Want to join the Paper + Craft Pantry Book Club in 2019?

Fill out this form to join us!

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Round Up: Best Stationery For An Intentional Year

Pei Sim


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Staring the year off right means so many things, mindset, picking a word, setting new goals… the list can go on!

We’re here to help you set yourself up for an intentional year- no matter what your intention may be with some of our favorite stationery that are tried and true. We tested out all of these, and even personally use these in our every day so you know it’s good ;)

Sometimes, setting yourself up for success is as simple as having the right tools at your fingertips- in this case, the right stationery!

Best Writing Tools For An Intentional Year:

The Paper + Craft Pantry Blog: Best writing and lettering tools for an intentional year.
The Paper + Craft Pantry Blog: “Pulp Storage” pen container for storing all your writing tools for the year!

Having something to write with is the key to getting all of those ideas that pop into your head, down on paper! Come by our shop and test out our amazing collection of pens and find your favorite. We think everyone should have their go-to black ink pen!


Best notepads For An Intentional Year:

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Whether you are weekly or monthly overview kind of person, there’s nothing quite like being able to look over what you have coming up at a glance. Having it all in one place to serve as a visual reminder is an incredible way to spread out all your to-dos and meetings so you don’t get overwhelmed.

We also think weekly notepads are a great way to track your to-dos!


Best Correspondences + Notes For An Intentional Year

The Paper + Craft Pantry Blog: The best notecards and correspondence for a personal and intentional year.

We can all agree that snail mail just makes every day better. Taking the time to write a thoughtful thank you note or just sending someone something just because can help spread a little more kindness out into the world.

There’s no better way to be prepared for any and all occasions than to have a stack of your go-to cards and notes. That way, when the mood strikes to write- you’ve got everything you need right there in your desk drawer :)


Best Office + Desk Supplies For An Intentional Year:

The Paper + Craft Pantry Blog: Some of our favorite desk supplies that help us stay inspired and productive.
The Paper + Craft Pantry Blog: The best stationery for an intentional year.

Taking the time to have systems in place, organization tools at your finger tips and things that will help you stay motivated and on task may be the key(s) to work days that just flow.

Store important papers in file folders, use clips to hold documents together, store all your favorite pens in a case (one for your desk and one that you take with you!)

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What are some of your favorite tools and stationery to stay focused and intentional today, and every day? Tell us more in the comments below!

Round Up: Q1 Paper + Craft Pantry Book Club Picks

Pei Sim


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New year, new books y’all!

We’re doing things a little differently this year and want to invite you to join our Paper + Craft Pantry Book Club! We’ve hosted book club meetings in our studio since we opened and have read so many wonderful books along the way. We’ve also had the honor of meeting so many of y’all!

In true to us fashion, we still want our book clubs to be low stress and inclusive. Here are some things you can expect:

  1. We are sharing our book picks by the quarter. So you’ll be able to get an idea of what books are coming up!

  2. Book club nights will take place on the last Wednesday of each month from 6pm-7:15pm.

  3. Book club members are invited to bring a snack to share at the meeting and we’ll provide a glass of wine- you guys voted for snacks + wine :)

  4. Book club members will vote on the next quarters books!

  5. We’re committed to making this year the best year yet for book club- and are asking you to join us. Make reading a part of your routine, carve out that one time a month to join us in our studio, better yet, invite a friend to join us. Book club is meant to keep us connected in this busy, busy world!

Q1 Books + Meeting Dates

Paper + Craft Pantry 2019 Book Club- January- March book picks!

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January’s Book:

Eleanor Elephant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

January Meeting:

Wednesday, January 30th 6pm-7:15pm

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February’s Book:

Essentialism by Greg McKeown

February Meeting:

Wednesday, February 27th 6pm-7:15pm

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March’s Book:

Work Play by Jaclyn Johnson

March Meeting:

Wednesday, March 27th 6pm-7:15pm

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Paper Craft Pantry Austin Book Club January- March Book Selection.

Want to join the Paper + Craft Pantry Book Club in 2019?

Fill out this form to join- our first meeting will be on January 30th 2019 at 6p

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