March 25, 2014

hollander's book binding & art supplies {review}

If y’all know anything about me, you know that I am an unashamed stationary junkie… fascinated by unique paper products and nifty things like that.  My mother and I were going to block print our own Christmas cards last year (but unfortunately never got around to it, because, well, LIFE), and ran in to Hollander’s in Ann Arbor for some particular supplies, which ended up with me making a mental list of everything in the store I’d buy.  Which was pretty much all of the things.  What a beautiful place.  I ended up returning to browse during some down time a few days later.

The first entry into the store might be a bit overwhelming because of the sheer amount of decorative and design genius, but I was very pleased with the response of the employees, willing to explain the layout of the building, and, of course, assist in the search for particular items.  On my second visit, I was wandering through the displays, and I overheard the manager (whom I later discovered to be Mr. Hollander himself) giving his team a wee pep talk, reminding them to be open and happy, and unafraid to approach their customers with assistance and conversation.  I don’t know if this is just a sentimental me thing, but I found that to be very reassuring of the service I received, and I think it adds a new level to the professional relationship between employee and boss – a good one.


Many of the rooms at Hollander's are lined wall to wall with stunning handcrafted decorative papers - every style, texture, color imaginable, and I couldn't keep myself from touching the masterful creations of so many different imaginative minds, each piece a genuine work of art by itself.  SO MUCH PAPER.  For every single occasion.

I took so many pictures of the paper during my time at Hollander’s, I’m trying to restrain myself from sharing them all here.  I have to leave some things to be discovered, you know.

Being in Ann Arbor, and an art store, I saw quite a few eco-friendly brands floating around, including Waste Not Paper, based out of Chicago.  Hoo-ah for American-made things!


Apart from the paper and stationary, though, which I’ll admit was the main focus of my perusing, I saw a number of other nifty things… like notebooks (which are undoubtedly one of my greatest downfalls), sketchbooks, fun erasers, eco-friendly lunch boxes, board games, fun books, note pads, pen cases, etc…
And then we come to the tools.  Which I love.  And don’t know how to use most of.  I love the idea of having all these gadgets handy on the off chance I’d actually need them.  On our first visit, when my mom and I were looking for the woodblock printing supplies, the young lady who sorted us all out (I believe her name was Emily.  Ask for Emily!) was extremely patient with is – we had no idea what we were doing – and, as aforementioned, knowledgeable.  Not intending to cast a shadow on any others out there, but in all the crafting places I’ve been to (and there have been many), and including Michael’s and Jo-Ann’s, never has the staff been so open to a discussion, and actually know what they’re talking about and selling.  I would believe first-hand experience with all these tools is a prerequisite for working at Hollander’s (but don’t quote me on that).

Now, these I do know how to use.


Below the store is the Hollander’s School of Book and Paper Arts, which I  regrettably did not have the opportunity to explore on my last visit… but soon.
Can you tell I'm a fan of this store? ;)  It's like a nerdy crafter's paradise.

410 N 4th Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Kerrytown Ann Arbor

Located in the heart of Kerrytown, Ann Arbor, across from the Kerrytown Theatre.

(734) 741-7531

Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.


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4 comments :

  1. Oooh this looks like a dangerous place for me to shop. I would be broke in half a second.

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  2. Sr. Kelly and I do bookbinding, and we love that place.

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  3. This place looks AMAZING. Crafter's heaven! If I'm ever in Ann Arbor it will be top of the list for places to visit!

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  4. My husband and I visited Ann Arbor.... (in February....-9 degrees) and Hollanders was a must-see for me. I've ordered from them often, but was happy to see the store for myself and meet Tom and Cindy, both working on-site, who were so friendly and helpful. Thanks for giving this store the good review it deserves!

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