NSS HONORS THE HEART AND SOUL OF THE INDUSTRY WITH STATIONERY STORIES
Stories offer personal reflections from personalities on all sides of the business
White Plains, NY, February 25, 2016…In celebration of its 70 years serving the industry, the National Stationery Show (NSS) has introduced “Stationery Stories”. These inspirational narratives as told by stationery store owners, buyers, designers, and exhibitors highlight how the stationery business has influenced and inspired them. “Stationery Stories” gives the reader a history and context of their journey and experiences. Stories are regularly posted on the NSS website.
“These powerful stories put a face to dozens of wonderful people we may know, but whose stories deepen our understanding of how being part of this stationery industry has shaped their lives,” said Patti Stracher, VP and show director for the NSS. “Stationery Stories celebrates, honors, applauds our industry community, fitting for a show that at its core is about human connections.”
The Stories Behind Stationery Stories
Grace Kang, owner of Pink Olive locations in New York and the monthly subscription service, OliveBox, founded her store, “because life is too short to not enjoy the special moments.”
She combines items from her brick-and-mortar shops with ongoing Instagram campaigns to encourage others to celebrate the little things. “Stationery is a particularly powerful way to encourage heartfelt human connections,” said Kang. “Sometimes, a sweet card with a carefully handwritten note can even be a gift on its own.”
On their honeymoon 26 years ago, Jennifer and Ron Rich, immersed themselves in doing what they love: blending sea pods and grasses to make their own rough, earthy handmade paper, which they sold at the Eugene Saturday market. Their quest for paper led them to hand-paper mills in Europe and Asia. In 1998, the Rich’s opened Oblation Papers & Press in Portland, Oregon, where the hand-papermaking studio and letterpress print shops are on view to customers. The shop also showcases a collection of refurbished typewriters, a colorful spinning wheel of ribbons, gift wrap toppings bar and the finest papers from around the world.
“The stationery life has been a good one so far,” said Ron Rich. “With an incredible staff of 20, and now our two teenage daughters helping with production and shows, we are blessed to be surrounded by a community that deeply cares, and a new generation of paper lovers who appreciates the process of making by hand.”
Tara Riceberg, owner of Tweak, The Original Giftery in Los Angeles, CA, said, “Every gift that goes out of my store, at minimum, makes two people happy. The giver and the receiver.” However, when the recipients are families, co-workers or wedding guests, Riceberg is thrilled by the prospect that these gifts have an even greater effect, resulting in thousands of smiles from her store.
NSS will take place May 15 – 18, 2016 at the Javits Center in New York City. The Show recently launched a new website that features its schedule of buyer education programs, the 2016 product showcase, a show planner and “Stationery Stories.” Stories from industry participants are still being accepted (add link for more information). Stationery industry enthusiasts can stay abreast of Show happenings by registering for the monthly e-newsletter, Paper Clips, following the Show on Twitter, visiting the Show Facebook page and its Instagram account. Join the conversation at #NSS2016 and #stationerystories.
About the National Stationery Show
The National Stationery Show is North America’s most comprehensive source for greeting cards, social stationery, complementary lifestyle products and resources for creative pursuits, taking place annually at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The Show, celebrating 70 years in the industry, features nearly 800 exhibiting companies. It attracts some 10,000+ buyers and industry professionals worldwide from stationery, card and gift shops; bookstores; bridal shops; party stores; department, chain and specialty stores; large chains and “big box” mass retailers; online retailers and mail order catalogs; as well as special event planners, corporate marketers, importers and distributors. The Show also presents high-caliber educational content, industry events, and networking opportunities throughout the market week, and is co-located with SURTEX, the premier event for sourcing original art and design, and ICFF®. For additional information and registration, nationalstationeryshow.com.