Take Note: 20 of the Best Stationery Shops in New York City

Take Note: 20 of the Best Stationery Shops in New York City

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Check out the shops below, ranging from well-known chains to neighborhood mom-and-pops, and get inspired to back away from the keyboard.

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    Those who like minimalist design will appreciate the Japanese store's stationery section, featuring no-nonsense paper and envelopes made of either cotton or recycled materials. [Photo]
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    Paper Source got its start more than three decades ago in Chicago and now has dozens of stores across the country, including six spread out among Manhattan and Brooklyn (the first one opened in Cobble Hill in 2010). In the Soho store, find stationery sets for both everyday and holiday, all of which can be customized to your liking. [Photo]
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    We would be remiss to exclude the beacon of bedazzled birthday cards from this list. The beauty of these cards, neatly arranged by hue, is that they're a great substitute for when you forget to buy an actual present. They also offer boxed note cards, thank you notes, invitations, and more. [Photo]
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    Take the time to select the right paper and lettering for your personalized stationery at this Upper West Side studio, stocking up on engraved correspondence cards and letterhead. The store also offers monogramming on a variety of gift options, from candle votives to miniature soaps. [Photo]
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    Tucked in the historic South Street Seaport area is this small-batch printing firm that was originally founded in 1775. It's rolled into the museum here and doesn't have customization options, but you can pick up hand-printed cards made by master printer Robert Warner that you won't find anywhere else. [Photo]
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    The urge to ditch your computer and opt for solely handwritten communication is strong upon walking into Kate's Paperie, which offers ready-to-go boxed sets of cards and notes alongside decorative papers, greeting cards, notebooks, and New York City-themed items. [Photo]
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    The Red Hook shop that opened in 2009 carries beautiful letterpress-printed and flat cards ready to carry out of the store, or store owner Jane Buck will walk you through the process of having her create a personalized illustration or logo placed on letterhead, calling cards, or envelopes. [Photo]
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    Park Slope has relied on this shop since 200 for fine paper products that don't have a harmful effect on the environment—several of the brands carried here are made with recycled products. They're great for both boxed sets of save the dates and note cards and customized options for thank you notes and invitations. [Photo]
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    The Court Street shop opened in late 2009 carrying cutesy small-brand stationers (that, according to their site, are "more than just a giggle") and soon expanded to customized invitations for weddings. [Photo]
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    The picturesque Dumbo shop is all about personalization here, with brightly patterned boxed sets (hot pink chevron, anyone?) complimenting their invitation and announcement services. [Photo]
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    There likely isn't a stationery store in all of Manhattan with this much frontage. The massive store contains everything you could ever need made out of paper, from boxed cards to wrapping paper to every variety of envelope you could need. Talk to a sales associate about customized printing options for personal letterhead or wedding invitations. [Photo]
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