A Paper Lover’s Guide to Durham, NC

IG post_postcards Rifle Paper Co.notebook & pencils, Sideshow Press x Parker & Otis Durham postcard, vintage Chimney Rock postcard from Holder

Last week took me to Durham, NC for a mini getaway and a friend’s wedding. The weather was bliss (compared to cooler Canadian temperatures) and there was much to explore…including some sweet little shops with some well-curated stationery offerings.

awesome_shed shed_thismademethinkofyou Shed Letterpress

A trip to visit the art collection at 21C Museum Hotel Durham was impressive, with an exhibition called Seeing Now, featuring photography, video, sculpture and paintings. Site specific installation pieces, including the signature fuchsia penguin sculptures can be found throughout the hotel. It was here that I discovered a local stationery line called Shed Letterpress. This design studio was founded by local Sarah Almond in 2010. Cards are stylish and vintage, mid-century inspired. Speaking of mid-century, The Durham Hotel is just a few streets over, and offers up a rooftop patio. It’s all style, and its cocktail menu pays homage to the post office next door with a concoction called Airmail – yum!


Hammerpress postcard, Videri chocolate

While on a mission to find postcards, I came across a lovely gallery/shop in Raleigh, Holder Goods & Crafts. In addition to carrying some seriously cool vintage North Carolina postcards, Holder features artworks on its walls, and vintage and handmade goods.

Parker and Otis Back in Durham, I came upon Parker & Otis, which was a real treat. Besides being home to a cafe and sandwich counter, this shop offers up loads of gift items, and a fantastic stationery selection. It was a seriously blissful experience with designs from loads of my favorites, including Rifle Paper Co., Red Cap Cards, Moglea, Paper Jam Press, Sideshow Press, Hammerpress, Snow & Graham and more.

rifle Dolly’s Vintage also offers up a great selection of stationery, carrying lines like Banquet Atelier & Workshop, a. favorite design, Wiley Valentine, Handmade by Allison Cole and Night Owl Paper Goods. This shop is definitely worth the visit!

The Bull City is home to a burgeoning art scene, craft breweries and lots of good eats – it’s definitely worth a visit!




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