• Industry News

    Remembering Chip Festa Jr., 1956 – 2019

    “Frank Mario Festa Jr., fondly known to his family and friends as Chip, passed away peacefully at his parents’ home in Pacific Palisades on January 18, 2019. Chip was born in Garwood, New Jersey, in 1956, and in 1962, at the age of 6, moved to Pacific Palisades where he lived the majority of his life. Chip attended Corpus Christi School, Paul Revere Junior High and graduated from Palisades High School in 1974.” Excerpt from The Palisadian Post Chip joined the family business Graphaids Inc, where he was a partner in the company until his death. One of the owners…

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    Joint Announcement: Too Corporation Americas & MacPherson’s

    For the past 100 years, Too Corporation Group has distributed innovative art and creative design products. We started manufacturing COPIC markers to amplify the industry. COPICmarkers are made with the belief in Kaizen, a Japanese word for improvement, which is a process Too Corporation Group takes seriously. For over 30 years, we have been honored to bring COPIC markers all over the world by working endlessly on every aspect to ensure continuous improvement in COPIC Markers. To strengthen the continuity of supplying COPIC products, we are excited to announce the establishment of Too Corporation Americas and the beginning of our new partnership with MacPherson’s. “Through MacPherson’s network, we will…

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    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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    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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    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.…

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    Engage Community Via Instagram Live: Flax Art’s Maybe Mondays

    Flax Art & Design is a Bay Area institution and a local art supply staple for over 80 years. Flax Art has two stores, one in Oakland, California and the other San Francisco. In addition to a broad selection of art supplies and a framing station, they also specialize in fine art papers, pens and gifts, with a comprehensive e-commerce site as well. Their San Francisco store recently relocated to a space in historic Fort Mason, right on the water between the city’s famous Fisherman’s Wharf and a neighborhood known as “The Marina.” Social media can grow business, foster relationships…

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    Distribution and Shipping FAQs

    We are proud to be an industry leader in distribution excellence and we are striving to get better at what we do every day. We thought it would be helpful to share answers to some frequently asked questions regarding our process, especially during the busy winter months, when unpredictable weather brings many of these questions to the forefront of our community’s minds. Below are a list of commonly asked questions surrounding our Picking, Packing and Shipping strategies collected by our Account Managers and Customer Service team. The answers relate to our NEW Warehouse Management System (WMS), currently live in Reno and…