If you're in Vancouver and looking for a wonderful place to inspire your creative side this weekend, please visit Bird on a Wire Creations on 2535 Main Street. More than a store, it is a community and learning space that supports artists and the buy local movement. Says owner Kate Nagel, "We strive to create a supportive environment where new and established artists and artisans can learn from each other and bring their wares to market without investing in nasty overhead. We provide the staff, space and traffic to help create sustainable incomes."
Bird on a Wire Creations is open this weekend: Saturday from 10–6 and from noon to 5 on Sunday. For more details—and to shop from their online selection—please visit their website.
Prize is a "modern general store" in Ashland, Oregon. They've just received our summer issue and they have plenty of back issues to go along with it—you could make quite a handsome collection! Prizeshoppe is their new handle on Instagram and it looks like their images will be pretty and colourful. Follow along!
The Creatory was founded by Gill Brooks and Romana Toson in Sydney, Australia. "Long time friends, we both come from a designer/maker background, so we wanted to create a space where we could indulge our love of 'handmade' and share it with a wider community. Our shop is very much a reflection of who we are and what we love,” say the duo.
At The Creatory, you can find a wide variety of handmade pieces from artisans in Sydney, Australia, and abroad.
The Assembly is a brand new store in Singapore carrying brands like Benjamin Barker, Cote & Ciel, and Acme Made. Offering its customers “indie brands,” The Assembly also sells UPPERCASE magazine. Customers can soon flip through the pages of UPPERCASE while they sip a coffee at The Assembly Ground, the store’s attached cafe set to open in June.
Production Road is a beautiful downtown Vancouver shop curated by a graphic designer and a photographer. Annie Chen is a graphic designer originally from Taiwan, and Hubert Kang is a documentary and advertising photographer. Together they opened Production Road, which also acts as a working studio for them both. Visit their online shop in person or online. And for more from this talented duo, take a look at Annie’s designs and Hubert’s photography!
One of our stockists, Two Hands Paperie in Boulder, Colorado, has just received their order of Issue #21 and will now be selling it in their shop. Two Hands also sells back copies of Issues 17-20 on their online store, and is offering free shipping on orders over $75 to the lower 48 states.
Janine was hosted by Two Hands last April, where she was given the opportunity to introduce last year's spring issue. You can read more about Janine's visit here.
I love the look of this facade! Frances is a boutique in central Phoenix, Arizona—and they're also a stockist of UPPERCASE magazine. They are proud supporters of small, independent businesses and designers. They host workshops and events and support their local creative community with an annual Crafeteria holiday sale featuring 100% handmade items.
It is always nice to visit UPPERCASE stockists... because I'm sure to find a curated selection of other nice things. In the case of the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design, their gift store was full of lovely objects—many of which have some sort of connection to the magazine. We're placed right beside some Donna Wilson products, for example. (Here's the video I took of Donna a few years ago.)
I was able to preview the museum's latest exhibition. "Obsessive Reductive" features artists who work with the removal of material in order to create their work—such as paper cutting, etching, engraving, carving... or the stunning plasma-cut wheelbarrow and steel shovels by artist Cal Lane. Well worth a visit!
UPPERCASE recently joined Magazines Canada, Canada's national trade association for magazine publishers. We are happy to be part of this organization and to have their advocacy in publishing and distribution concerns as well as opportunities for professional development. Another benefit of Magazines Canada is we can get UPPERCASE magazine more widely available across Canada, through newsstand distribution and through Chapters/Indigo locations.
We are happy that UPPERCASE will be accessible to a lot more Canadians. (In fact there are 500 copies of issue #19 at Chapters/Indigo across Canada... go get 'em!) We have already heard from new readers who have discovered us in Chapters and contacted us about subscribing, which is an excellent result. We see this partnership through Magazines Canada and by extension, Chapters/Indigo, as a good way to grow our readership in this vast country. Our Canadian readers account for, on average, less than a quarter of total subscribers so there is definitely room to grow more locally.
As you can see from these photos of actual Chapters/Indigo stores, it is a tough place to get noticed when you're just one of so many.
We are very grateful to our smaller indie stockists. We love to support them through events, blog posts, social media... they are our partners and we appreciate all aspects of their support. Through kindred interests and excellent product curating, these smaller stores reach audiences who are already in tune with our ethos and our content. We value these relationships.
Thank you to all retailers—big and small—who are supporting UPPERCASE and other independent publishers this season.
We're a proud supporter of Got Craft?, Vancouver's largest indie craft fair. Started in 2007, Got Craft? aims to bring together a community that fosters handmade and D.I.Y. culture. In addition to their offerings from makers in the area, Got Craft? has workshops so visitors can make something to take home. We've sent a selection of our products and back issues out to the event as well.
The event runs December 14th and 15th. Full details here.
Celine Debray founded the Swiss-based company Sérendipité in early 2013, with a vision for a traveling bookstore that offers foreign magazines at creative events, such as antique fairs and design events.
In less than a year, Sérendipité's clientele has grown beyond events to include boutiques as well as individual customers who subscribe to their imported offerings.
This past fall, Celine moved the business from her home office into a large coworking space called Carbu that is shared with architects, photographers and other creative companies. (The current issue of UPPERCASE has a lot of inspiring content about the emerging trend of coworking.)
For customers in Europe, Sérendipité's sophisticated online shop is a reliable source of UPPERCASE and many other creative magazines.
Kinokinuya. For those of you who have been to one of their US locations, the name is enough to conjure visions of book heaven and washi-tape wishes. I go to their San Francisco store anytime I'm in that city and I've been to the Seattle location, too... but NYC is now top on my list... why? Because I got to see UPPERCASE magazine amongst all the amazing books that I admire and covet. A dream come true.
On the west coast of Australia, Mr Sparrow, a shop belonging to Jelena Maticevic, is tucked away on a tree-lined side street off of one of Perth's main shopping strips. A mere forty-seven hours' drive east to the Sunshine Coast, you'll find the town of Cotton Tree, home to Tanya Northey and her shop, The Lovely Bird.
These two shop owners met virtually when Jelena found The Lovely Bird's website and sent her an email.
"When I saw Tanya holding the keys to her shop on her website and her cheerful nature in her (website's) About section, I immediately wrote to her and introduced myself. I can't quite remember what I wrote but something along the lines of 'will you be my shop friend?'"
A bi-coastal friendship was born, nurtured via email and social media. Tanya and Jelena share ideas, collaborate on strategies and commiserate on the challenges of being an independent retailer.
"It's great having someone who is just there to listen, and isn't someone around you who is emotionally or financially invested in your shop. I find Tanya tells me stories I can relate to, rather than trying to give me tips on how to do it better! It's both reassuring, inspiring and motivating all at the same time. Incredible really, given we haven't even met... yet! :)"
We noticed the similarity between these two shops when they both applied to be UPPERCASE stockists within a few days of each other. If you follow their Instagram feeds closely, you'll see this isn't the first time that great minds have thought alike! Both shops carry delightful assortment of home goods, stationery and clothing.
Folks in Montreal can now wander down to Librairie Drawn & Quarterly to pick up the latest issue of UPPERCASE and Work/Life 3.
Issue 19 is journeying across Canada, over the continent of North American and around the world to stockists and subscribers far and wide. (Subscribers, snail mail does take some time, but it is worth it. Thanks!)
If you're the type of person whose day is improved by things like antler art, modern bird houses, or a even a mug that celebrates the love of squirrels, then make a point to visit Paramour Bungalow the next time you're in Evanston, Illinois.
Meaning 'lover of the home', Paramour Bungalow is the sister business to a successful boutique hair salon called RED 7 SALON. The store was born out of a desire to share the aesthetic that made the salon such a pleasant place to be. The result is a shop that is full of the unique, charming and quirky details that can inject personality into your home.
Here are a few things from Paramour Bungalow that show a kinship with UPPERCASE's aesthetics:
Another stop in Toronto last week was to Type Books. Wow, what a great independent neighbourhood bookstore. They were out of stock of the current issue (which I guess is a good thing! They'll just have to stock up next time, hint hint.) We featured Type on the blog previous—remember this amazing time-lapse animation of the shop being rearranged?