• Industry News

    Sam Flax Atlanta: New Year, New Location, New Owners

    Above: 9,311 square feet of art supply heaven, according to new owners Sophia Bowman-Albirt and Mary-Ellen Long Sam Flax Atlanta kicked off 2019 with lots of changes; not only a new location but new owners as well! When faced with the prospect of moving, Leonard and David Flax had decided to close the store…until long-time employees Sophia Bowman-Albirt and Mary-Ellen Long asked if the Flax’s were open to selling. The shop is now located at 1495 Northside Drive. Sam Flax Atlanta and Sam Flax Orlando used to be sister stores, but now are more like “third cousins,” according to Sophia…

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    Hyatt’s Moves Into Their Dream Home

    Hyatt’s has been in business on Main Street in Buffalo, New York for 58 years. A family owned company with a wide selection of art supplies, they also have a frame shop, a PANTONE Color Matching System department, a division that sells sign making equipment and materials and a robust e-commerce business. January 5th was their last day at their current location on Main Street; they have been in the process of moving into their new “dream home,” a 45,000 sq. ft. facility located at 1941 Elmwood Ave. Moving into their new location, which will be opened on January 24th,…

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    DaVinci Artist Supply’s Weekend Washi Workshop

    This past December, DaVinci Artist Supply hosted a Washi Weekend Workshop and Art Exhibition. Part gallery opening, part workshop, the exhibition featured artwork produced with Ogawa Washi, paper made in Ogawa Japan. The show featured artists Rie Hasegawa, Sato Yamamoto, Keiko Miyamori, and Chiaki Morita. Workshop participants were encouraged to register beforehand for the opportunity to make their own traditional kozo paper with Chiaki Morita, a paper artist and teacher who has been making washi for nearly 20 years. The exhibition continued the next day, along with a scaled down “drop-in” workshop open to the public. The backstory to this…

  • #SocialEngagement

    Check the Calendar: President’s Day

    Each month, we feature a holiday or theme from the Customer Engagement Calendar in hopes of supporting our community with social media assets and inspiration for in-store engagement. For February, we’ve put together resources for President’s Day, the first big sale day of the year! A time for patriotic celebration and remembrance, President’s Day also falls on the first three-day weekend since the holidays—a great time to clear out Holiday/Winter inventory and get ready for Spring. Three Sales Tips Timing – Limit the length of your sale to create a sense of urgency (cashing in on “FOMO” (Fear of Missing…

  • #SocialEngagement,  In Your Store

    Happy National Handwriting Day!

    January 23rd is National Handwriting Day, and we’d like to share a demo by artist Shayda Campbell: how to turn favorite quote into a beautiful work of art. Try it out today and set up a try table tomorrow with whatever you come up with; make testers out of various lettering pens, markers and surfaces to inspire customers to participate.  Check out Shayda’s YouTube page for more art tutorials; discover projects involving painting, drawing, hand-lettering and more. We leave you with a quote from Shayda, a nice reminder that supporting creatives in any way we can is essential, meaningful work:…

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    Blaine’s Art Supply Bounces Back After 7.0 Earthquake

    Earthquakes are simply a part of life for Alaskans; tremors and quakes are commonplace when your home is on the edge of what is known as the Ring of Fire. But that doesn’t make the 7.0 quake on November 30th of 2018 any less intense – it just means that communities who brave the tectonic activity become more prepared and more resilient every year. Blaine’s Art Supply was one of the many businesses impacted by the recent earthquake; despite about $10,000 worth of damage (and mess to clean up) owner Dave Haag and his store crew had the 9,000 sq.…

  • Art Dog of the Month

    Art Dog of the Month: Faithful Copper

    Introducing Copper, the ambassador of Blaine’s Art Supply! Her human Dave and his wife Renee rescued her from death row when she was just a puppy. “There are people who come here just to pet her. Little kids are eye to eye with her, she won’t lick their face, steal their food… she’ll come up and lean against someone until they decide to pet her,” Dave explains affectionately. Since Alaska’s state sport is mushing (dog-sledding), dog-friendly establishments are much appreciated; Copper greets customers at the door, pokes her head into the classroom to say hello and stands obediently at the…

  • In Your Store,  Vendor Voices

    Demo Day With Excel: Floral Wall Decoration

    Excel Blades is excited to share a new video made by artist and influencer Maria Marinoni for Paper Crafting Month. Maria shows you a very simple floral project and papercutting technique with a few tools. You do have the option to add the colored background however, it is not necessary. Free your imagination and doodle as you want. When you’re done, follow the contours with your blade and poke the paper out to give it a 3D effect.  Whether you want to use the white paper or a color, the outcome will be beautiful! Materials Excel Blades K1 Aluminum Knife…