In this digital age, paper sometimes takes a backseat to pixels.
But elegant paper goods are never out of style, and stationery stores still attract a clientele eager to browse through unique letter stock, greeting cards, postcards, posters and hand-bound journals filled with lovely textured paper—not to mention the unique gift items most stationery stores stock as well.
The Denver area is blessed with many such stores. Recently 5280 magazine named its favorites, including:
Wordshop Paperie, 3180 Meade St.: At this small store in the West Highland area, you’ll find three rooms “brimming with sweet and sassy salutations, specialty decorative papers, handmade jewelry, and unique gifts sure to make your BFF giggle,” notes 5280. The store also takes custom orders for paper items needed for upcoming events like weddings and bar mitzvahs.
Wolf & Wren Press, 332 Main St., Unit A1, Longmont: Just opened last year, this shop features a collection “of clever and delightful letterpress greeting cards, along with stationery products and gifts by American artists and women makers.” Better yet, you can shop guilt free: “As member of 1% for the Planet, an environmental nonprofit, the paper shop is certified carbon neutral,” 5280 assures its readers.
Two Hands Paperie, 803 Pearl St., Boulder: 5280 calls this store dating back to 1993 “a letter writer’s wonderland.” Here on the Boulder Mall, you’ll find “an entire wall of ribbons…artisan-made cards, gifts, and books.” You’ll also enjoy browsing through the offerings of decorative paper, sketchbooks, handmade paper and much more. And take note: patrons can also take classes to learn how to made letterpress cards an handmade journals and “expand their watercolor skills.”
The Shop at Matter, 2134 Market St.: With black and women owners “dedicated to lifting up marginalized voices,” according to 5280, this LoDo studio and retail shop offers a collection of “thick letterpress cards” and “bold, colorful posters that call for voter mobilization and social justice” made on the premises. Patrons can also enjoy browsing the store’s book selection featuring black, LGBTQ, and Latinx authors.