First of all, it's been a while since posting a "Crash!" so let me briefly explain/refresh your memory. I invite myself and camera into a home or local store that I love and share with you! So without further ado, I bring you, Calliope Paperie!
This installment of "Crash!" has a double meaning. Just a few short months ago, Calliope Paperie looked like this, a very literal crash:
Photo via Calliope Paperie
After less than a year open, in a senseless road rage accident, Calliope's front window and front half of her store were completely smashed. Luckily, everyone was ok, but the store took several months to rebuild.
I'm lucky that this awesome store is right around the corner from my house and has quickly become the place to get cards. The owner, Kristina, somehow is able to find the most amazing, quirky, and often local cards. Not just a card shop though, Calliope also carries, planners, notebooks, an impressive collection of pens, pencil cases, and gifts from local makers like candles and jewelry. In addition to allowing me to share her shop with you, Kristina also answered a few questions :
Calliope started with your online shop, Crumple & toss- when did you first open online? And what about Calliope's brick and mortar store?
Online store opened in June of 2014. After a one-week pop-up shop in Cambridge went over like gangbusters in November of 2015, I found a great spot in Natick the following Spring! I opened Calliope in June of 2016!
What inspired you to start your own business?
A love of cards and paper literally my entire life is what inspired Calliope. At first I thought I might want to have a scrapbooking/paper crafting type store but the more I thought about it, it was really cards and letter-writing that had my full attention. There is still a huge love for stationery across all ages. People think paper and writing is dying but it 100% is NOT.
How would you describe your store?
Calliope is a place for people who LOVE paper. I love when people come in and say "But do you have any gifts?" ha! YES!! EVERYTHING is a gift for someone who loves stationery like I do.
What is your favorite thing about your store?
My favorite thing is my card wall. Is that cheating? There's nothing I love more than shopping for cards and curating my card wall.
Thanks, Kristina for letting me and my tiny sidekick come by and photograph your shop! I love having a place like this so close by! If you aren't in the Natick area, you can still shop all the awesomeness at Calliope Paperie's online store!
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