You can pick up a nice collection of UPPERCASE magazines, including the current issue, at Brick and Mortar Living in British Columbia. Brick and Mortar is "a quaint little shop in the heart of historic downtown New Westminster, filled with local designs, unique gifts and nostalgia for the home" whose mission is to "bring a sense of community, warmth and merriment to the adventure we call shopping." I love independent shops like this! Go visit them this weekend if you can.
For a stockist near you, please check this list. If you'd like to recommend a shop or would like to stock UPPERCASE, please be in touch!
They also offer some letterpress workshops and have prints available on Etsy. I love places like this! Thanks, Bill!
Athenaeum—my best stockist in the world—has posted a video flip-through of issue #22. What makes them the best stockist? They're a great store in a bustling part of Amsterdam with exciting titles with friendly and knowledgeable staff who care about magazines. They support independent magazines and do excellent marketing, like making videos and hosting events like when I was in Amsterdam two years ago. They consistently sell more copies of UPPERCASE than any other single location!
CollageCollage, a lovely stockist in Vancouver that fosters children's (and parents') creativity, is celebrating a milestone. Five years in retail is a great accomplishment! Erin Boniferro writes, "I really can't believe it's been FIVE years since we set up shop on what was a lonely little street in East Van. And look at us now! A bustling store on a sweet little street. I'm so thankful for our community of small businesses, local families and artists big and small coming together to make this shop what it is."
Join the celebration this Saturday at CollageCollage from 1-4pm.
You can find out more about CollageCollage in issue #14, an UPPERCASE dedicated to play and children's book illustration.
What a gorgeous shot by Malaysian stockist Kasa Suasa for their webstore! Their site's intro photographs are top notch — go take a look and click through — you'll find a series of lovely still life composition featuring UPPERCASE and other magazines like Hearth and Cereal and cards by Rifle Paper Company and Garance Doré.
For my Vancouver friends, there's a special pop-up shop opening on August 1:
West End General Store Popup is a business partnership between Oollo Tea and Forest & Waves. The store front is presented by Production Road, a studio + shop in the West End of Vancouver. The concept is to open a hybrid shop of a tea house in a surfing beach shack in the Pacific Northwest.
Oollo Tea will present farm direct whole leaf teas and cold brewed teas. Partnering with local food entrepreneurs, an Oollo Tea infused dessert collection of ice cream, chocolate, cheesecake and macaroon will also be available!
Outdoor inspired retail products from Forest & Waves: backpacks, surfboard bags, beach bags, books, cards, prints, and apparel. Also, Forest & Waves will be presenting a collaborated apparel line with Caravan Beach Shop in Tofino, BC.
Lastly, the shop will also feature the new exclusive Lemonni products. Well-designed items from paper goods to home textiles like tea towels and pillows.
West End General Store Popup will be open from August 1 to September 14, 2014 at Production Road, 990 Nicola Street, Vancouver.
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.