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.
We're happy to call Matchbox, in Wellington, New Zealand a stockist. They opened their doors in May 2012 and have become a hub for artists and designers to exhibit and sell their work. They operate as a gallery, photography studio, workshop space and a retail store. This eclectic mix is also echoed in their online shop.
Visit our stockists this holiday season.
These hard-working shopkeepers will welcome your support. Small businesses actively participate in their communities and make your neighbourhood a more colourful place to live. If there isn't a stockist near you, recommend a shop we should be in.
We're a small business too.
Our sale continues.
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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.
The Frankfurt Book Fair is on from October 9 through 13. UPPERCASE magazine and Work/Life 3 will be on display thanks to our UK distributor, Central Books. We would love to expand our European stockists. Stockists in the UK and Europe are welcome to contact Central Books directly for your UPPERCASE orders.
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:
We had a terrific time at our Show and Tell in Kid Icarus, a wonderful card and gift store slash printmaking studio. It had been a while since I visited Bianca and Mike's Kid Icarus—their previous studio shop was a tiny one with barely enough room to silkscreen let alone do retail. Their new venue is spacious and full of wonderful things to look at (and buy!) They also host workshops in the basement.
Above is a small gallery of instagrams I took this evening. We hosted a Show and Tell where creative Torontonians could take a minute or two to introduce themselves and present an idea or example of their work. I look forward to sharing some of those highlights on the blog soon.