The papercrafting industry has seen its shares of ups and downs and we never like hearing about papercrafting stores struggling, or worse, closing.
Because we have such an awesome community here at PaperCrafter’s Corner, we receive emails from you telling us when papercrafting stores in your area close. Most all of them are in our store directory, so we verify the news and update our store directory. Then, we take a moment to reach out to the store owner, wishing them well in their next chapter. We’re always sad about the news.
Luckily, we also receive emails from you that share the news of NEW papercrafting stores opening. These new stores are quickly added to that same store directory and we smile while keying in the info, happy in the knowledge that we papercrafters have another fun option for feeding our addictions to paper, and another entrepreneur is pursuing their dream of owning their own business.
As a leading source, YOUR source, of papercrafting industry information, we couldn’t let the following announcement go unnoticed and unshared.
After reading it, please see our suggestions on what WE can ALL do to support OUR local-, independent-, family- and privately-owned and mom-and-pop retailers (both brick-and-mortar and online retailers).
Full letter from their President and Vice President here: bit.ly/16jLqIn
While this is not an announcement about the stores closing, it is certainly a reminder that our stores – YOUR stores and MY stores – need our support and patronage.
Don’t have an Archiver’s in your neck of the woods? This may not have the same impact, but it’s still a great reminder of how tough it is to maintain a great retail shop regardless of how great your product offering and service are. And, it’s a reminder that the little guys need our support!
I LOVE my local Archiver’s and would hate to see them close. I’d also hate to see their staff – my girls! – lose their jobs.
We wish Archiver’s all the best in working through their challenges and hope to see them come back from this healthier than ever.
What can YOU do to help the “little guys?”
Shop at YOUR local and independently-, family- and privately-owned retailers whenever possible.
* Take classes, attend events and shop there;
*Host events there;
* Show your support by telling others about them;
* And, stop in and let them know how much you appreciate all they do for papercrafters like you.
A store has to sell a lot of individual items just to keep the lights on. Owners (and often staff) work long hours and have to wear many hats. Most are in this business because they love it – they love papercrafting and they love providing for customers like you.
And, this doesn’t just apply to papercrafting retailers, but to ALL small businesses.
Next time you’re trying to decide where to spend your hard-earned cash, where to attend an event or host your own, or where to take a class, consider one of the many “little guys” who would love your business.
If they provide you with great products and service, they deserve it, don’t ya think?
And, if they could improve in some areas, areas you consider important, let them know – share your ideas and feedback. Those who truly care about taking care of their customers, and staying in business, will respond. Most every retailer I have spoken with does and will.
That doesn’t mean they can do everything, or even one thing, we ask of them. But, they’ll likely be appreciative you spoke up and gave them a chance to improve on their offering.
Shop at YOUR local and independently-, family- and privately-owned retailers.
Tell others about them.
Looking for a store to patronize, an event to attend or a retreat center for a fun papercrafting getaway?
And, share the links with your papercrafting buddies so they, too, can support the little guys.
We are so very honored to have YOU as a member of the PaperCrafter’s Corner community and welcome and appreciate any and all feedback, anytime.
Send emails to me directly at shackney (at) papercrafterscorner (dot) com.
Steph & The PCC Team