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.
175 S Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
When you step inside of a Paper Source store, you’ll see tons of stationary on offer against the wall. Whether you’re looking for boxes of thank you cards, or paper stock for whatever occasion, Paper Source is one of the best stores to locate and find it. The store also carries some great gifts. From picture frames, to candles and books, they offer unique items for any occasion.
225 26th St
Santa Monica, CA 90402
Located inside the trendy Brentwood Country Mart, Sugar Paper is a small and charming stationary store that tops our list for terrific stationary and gifts. Whether it’s just a just because note, or you need cards for any holiday, you can find charming cards, and stationary here. What’s the difference between Sugar Paper and other stores? A lot! The quality, and the artistic flare of each card are just some aspects that set this store apart from others. The store seems to have a love affair with personal stationery and the lasting impression it leaves.
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.
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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.