Friday, September 10, 2010

#22: Spark

I hate to make such a heteronormative* recommendation, but if you need a gift for your mom, sister, BFF, or another female in your life, head to Spark Fine Stationary.  It will inspire you to, as the website states, "rediscover the lost art of correspondence." 

This lovely little store downtown is located across from the Chocolate Company.   It has some of the finest stationary and paper products I've seen, and it carries some of the coolest brands on the market, including Papaya, Moleskine, and those snarky post-its and to-do lists found at Urban Outfitters.  The store has a nice urban vibe to it, which makes every purchase feel special, like you're getting something unique or exotic.  Speaking of 'exotic', there's an "Improper Etiquette" section of the store that's not to be missed.

This store's cool factor is amplified by how awesome the owner is.  Joya Helmuth, a graphic designer, is the co-founder and president of the board of the ShoLo (Shop Local) Alliance in the area AND a board member of the local NPR station.  Joya, thank you for this outpost of urban sophistication and the latest graphic design art.

Where: 121 South Michigan Street
When to go: M-F, 9am-6pm; Sat, 9am-4pm; by appointment
Tip: Spark is known for their custom invitations.

*Sorry for the six-syllable word, but it's my favorite.  And they also carry nice fountain pens and journals, which are great and unexpected non-gendered gifts, so still check this place out if you need a Father's Day present.

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