• In Your Store

    Valentine’s Day Make and Take

    Papercrafting Month has just come to a close; now that you’ve spent the last few weeks promoting paper, start making something with it! Use your social channels and e-mail list to promote a fun papercraft project and set up a free in-store activity. Tip: Keep it simple! Choosing a project that can be completed in less than 10-15 minutes using only a handful of materials cuts down on prep time and makes these activities more fun for customers and less stressful for your team. Geometric Paper Heart Wall Hanging Materials Surface to apply paper pieces (Take a tip from the…

  • Vendor Voices

    Krink Classic Paint Markers & Permanent Ink Markers

    To kick off the year we are featuring Sam Larson and our K-42 Paint Markers and K-70 Permanent Ink Marker. Check out some of Larson’s recent drawings below. Please feel free to share and use these images, they are fantastic examples of one of the many ways Krink markers are used. K-42 Paint Marker The K-42 is a classic paint marker. It comes in 17 colors, here Larson uses Light Blue, Orange, and Yellow. The alcohol-based paint is permanent, opaque, and non-toxic. Handmade in the USA. K-70 Permanent Ink Marker This marker is a great all-around marker for everyday use.…

  • Industry News

    The Art Supply Depō Joins iAMart

    The Art Supply Depō, located in Toledo and Bowling Green, OH officially joined iAMart in December. Owner Jules Webster shares the news: “We were excited to join a group with such a vast collective product knowledge and connection to others in our industry. I started my first art supply store in 2011 in the middle of a recession, in a depressed area, with no retail background. With the help of an amazing team of employees, all of whom are passionate community-centric artists and designers, we have built up the first location in Toledo and in 2016 opened a second location…

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    Strathmore Online Workshops Return!

    Strathmore is excited to announce the return of their free Online Workshop Series, which starts March 4, 2019! Take advantage of this online consumer workshop series and increase your store’s traffic and sales. Promote the start of the workshops in your store, on your website, on social media, and drive sales as students purchase from the class supply list (there were over 51,500 video views on the workshop site in 2018).   2019 Lineup The Strathmore 2019 Online Workshop Series will again feature three different workshops, with each series including four video lessons and downloadable instructions. This year Strathmore collaborated…

  • 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…

  • Industry News

    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,…

  • In Your Store

    Early Spring Cleaning: On-Trend Storage Solutions

    Have you heard? Tidy is in! With the arrival of the new Netflix show “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo”, across the country viewers are partaking in the KonMari™ method of cleaning their spaces. Thrift stores have been inundated with discarded possessions looking for new homes, and IKEA, The Container Store and other large box stores are reaping the benefits of the sudden popularity of storage bins and organizational boxes. So what is the KonMari method, and how can you use it to serve your customers? “The KonMari Method™ encourages tidying by category – not by location – beginning with clothes, then…

  • Industry News

    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…