As kids whenever we would discover something and loudly exclaim, “Look what I FOUND!“ my Dad would reply, “It wasn’t lost.” Such is the case with this art supply store I “found” for myself at 307 Market Street. I guess I haven’t been down to that end of town in a while. The place looks tiny from the outside but is surprisingly deep and packed to the gills with inventory. The small staff was exceedingly nice and helpful. I didn’t need anything, but I did not escape without spending a few bucks.
It looks like a mom-and-pop operation, but is part of an employee-owned chain. I thought it was a little family business until I noticed how much stock they had and how decently everything was priced. It feels like a coffee shop inside that doesn’t serve coffee, and my guess is the clients eat it up.
Me? I just want to find what I’m looking for and not pay a king’s ransom. They carry 0.9mm red mechanical pencil leads which I’ve looked for and never found anywhere else and Golden Digital Grounds. I think I have a new regular art supply store.
Find them on the internet HERE.
Thanks for commenting, Mike! Apparently it’s been open for a couple of years, and I never noticed until I tripped across it. It’s about a block away from the El stop at Second and Market, and what’s nice is that they don’t try to foist a “discount card” or “customer care card” on you! Packed to the gills with stuff and close to AJ Cappelli’s which is still open!
Thanks for the heads up on the Art supply store. This must have openned up in the last year. Good to find alternatives to Utrecht and Dick Blicks.