[art] Paper Zone Stores To Close

2737.It’s with a heavy heart that we mark this passage, and deem it Not A Good Christmas Gift At All:

As you may have heard, we will be closing all of our Paper Zone locations. After receiving an overwhelming outpour of concern, we felt compelled to further explain our unfortunate situation. Paper Zone is a company with 20 year roots in the Northwest. We are based in Seattle, operating eight retail locations throughout Oregon and Washington. However, due to the current economic downturn, we have experienced three years of sales declines between 6%-8% annually. As a small local retailer we were unable to sustain these losses.

The economy eats another one, and it is a local business, at least local to the PNW, to Cascadia. We’ve enjoyed many a nice moment at the Paper Zone, they’ve always had good service and good selection. And local, like the other art-based businesses we prefer: I’ve Been Framed and Muse Art and Design.

Now, as far as I know, IBF and Muse aren’t in danger of going away, but if you want them to continue, you’ll continue to patronize them. Local people spending money locally, providing great local value (there’s a whole lot at Muse and IBF that wont’ break your bank, trust me here).

I’m not trying to lecture you guys … I know money’s incredible-tight, and like me, if you can spend some, you do. I think this should make everyone aware of what happens when local businesses don’t get the support they need.

They go away.

In the meantime, thanks for the memories, Paper Zone. It’s been a good run. Shame it had to end.

If you want to, you can read the entire announcement at the Paper Zone’s blog here, as long as it remains up.

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