Papercrafting Industry News: Archiver’s Announcement
As you may know, PaperCrafter’s Corner has always been a huge supporter of the independent and small-chain papercrafting retailers and manufacturers in our industry.
In fact, this site was started in order to provide an online directory of papercrafting stores for you, to enable you to find your local shops and fun and interesting stores to visit when you travel.
And, while we are seeing a slow uptick in papercrafting store openings (which had been missing for some time), many are still struggling to make it.
Archiver’s is among them.
As we reported a few months ago, Archiver’s filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in order to “…retool its retail strategy and reorganize its business.“
At that time we reached out to you through our social media channels and again asked you to remember to support your local papercrafting stores, and not just your local Archiver’s (if you have/had one), but all local papercrafting shops.
It was our sincere hope that if all of us who had a local Archiver’s focused our spending money on these papercrafting stores, that we might be able to prevent the potential closing of our local Archiver’s stores (which for some of us are the ONLY non big-box stores that are left in our area).
And, while we strive to always be a happy place, a place of inspiration, we sometimes have to deliver sad news too.
It is with sincere sadness that we today share the news that was just announced by Archiver’s:
While this news may not come as a surprise to many of us, it does leave at least this papercrafter feeling a sense of loss over losing not just my local store and one of my favorite hangouts, but, most importantly, regular visits with a wonderful group of ladies – the store management and staff, and its customers.
Our hearts go out to everyone affected by the closing of Archiver’s, something that’s tough any time, but especially tough at this time of year.
If you have an Archiver’s store in your area, we hope you’ll take a moment to reach out to your local Archiver’s staff.
They can surely use our support right now.
To Susan, the manager of my Archiver’s store here in Austin, and every one of the wonderful gals who works there – ladies I consider my friends – please know we love you guys and we’re here for you if you need to talk…or you just need a hug.
We wish you all the best in your next chapter and hope you’ll let us know what’s next for you, when you figure that out.
To close, please consider this a friendly reminder to shop local whenever possible.
Without your support – financial and otherwise – this could happen to any local store, your local store.
Thanks for tuning in today – I wish it was a happier message to share,