Whether it is a love letter, note of appreciation or a thoughtful hello, a good, old-fashioned, pen-to-paper letter stands out today in the world of emailing, texting and snap chatting. These five L.A. stationery stores inspire the art of letter writing, give the perfect excuse to say hi to your college BFF, and send well wishes to Uncle Bernie in Florida. Take this opportunity to scroll through your electronic contact list for an actual mailing address, and head to the post office for a real stamp.
Marc Friedland Couture Communications
4988 Venice Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90019
Recognized internationally as the godfather of couture invitations and personal stationery, Marc Friedland takes appointments only in his Los Angeles atelier. He created the now-iconic Oscar winner’s envelope and is already at work designing the 2013 Academy Awards invitations for the most coveted event of the year in Hollywood. For more than 25 years, Friedland has impressed with his impeccable craftsmanship and captivating, artful pieces. Friendland understands how to celebrate his clients’ individuality through the art of paper.
Sugar Paper Los Angeles
1749 Ensley Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Self-described connoisseurs of correspondence, Chelsea Shukov and Jamie Grobecker, co-founders of the letterpress printing and paper boutique Sugar Paper, have a love affair with personal stationery and the lasting impression it leaves. These pals and graphic designers specialize in designing social stationery and letterpress printing. This team has a unique eye for kitschy note cards, a card offering for just about every holiday in the calendar, and other personalized gifting options.
5571 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90019
Cordially Invited is based on first impressions. From the sophisticated to the quirky, fans of all things paper will enjoy the shopping experience here. The store’s vast selection of LOL greeting cards, invitations, birth and wedding announcements, and customized personal stationery gives customers the opportunity to reach out to old and new friends via U.S. mail. For eclectic gifts, Cordially Invited offers fun merchandise from local artisans for expecting parents, co-workers retirement and siblings.
Presence Sherman Oaks
13812 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
If you’re planning a wedding and need traditional thank-you note cards, Presence is a perfect choice for artfully-crafted invitations, announcements and personalized stationery. The store carries premier paper collections by Crane, edgy chic Twig & Fig papers and cards and letterpress items from Smock. The experienced personnel at Presence is talented, not only understanding the importance of design, but delivering on unrivaled etiquette knowledge to help customers convey a personal message and emotion through the product.
Related: Best Discount Wedding Dresses
100 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91103
Named after her great, great-grandmother, Marci Toombs, the owner of the card and gift boutique Lula Mae, has a keen sense of humor. From over-the-top funny to sweet “senti-ments,” the shop features card designs from local Emmy Award-winning artist Julius Preite (credits include “The Simpsons,” “Family Guy” and “Futurama”), Blue Barnhouse, Jennifer Sweeney Designs, Sugarcube Press, as well as from Toombs herself. The Lula Mae experience is worthwhile, plus it is located in the heart of Old Town Pasadena, which is always a fun time.
Sheryl Craig is a writer with a passion for interesting finds and treasures in Los Angeles. She has a background in journalism and public relations. A mother of two daughters, Sheryl integrates her healthy lifestyle into raising her children. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.