We’ve dressed the turkey, decorated the tree, and attended countless soirees over this past holiday season, but before we get on with our personal agendas, it’s time to acknowledge the people who made 2013 great. Procrastinators take note: it’s not too late to express your gratitude or wish your loved ones the very best in the coming year, and what better way to do that than with a handwritten sentiment? To help you get started, we’re leaving you with a paper trail to find the shops that say “Thank You” and “Happy New Year” like no one else. You’re welcome.
1. Sugar Paper
Brentwood Country Mart
225 26th Street, No. 27
Santa Monica, CA 90402
What started with a single letterpress turned into this charming Brentwood Country Mart outpost in 2005. Sugar Paper hits every note in the stationary world, which is why we found them featured in the 2013 winter issue of C magazine.
2. Urbanic Paper Boutique
1644 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291
Take a break from the foot-traffic on this popularized boulevard and step into a haven for the crafty at heart. Choose from a selection of boxed sets or individual letterpressed cards that are sure to impress your recipient(s).
3. Papersource (several locations)
9460 Brighton Way
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
This national chain of bright, airy boutiques gives you everything you need from start to finish and a knowledgeable staff to guide you in the right direction, whether its decorative envelopes or custom labels you’re after.
4. Soolip Paperie & Press
Pacific Design Center
8687 Melrose Avenue, G-154
West Hollywood, California 90069
If it’s a less casual sentiment you’re after, make this paperie your stop. Soolip specializes in creating a formal collection of prose, including a stylish set of personal and desk accessories, journals and albums—just in case some new office swag is the best way to say thanks.