Blick Art Materials is in its third generation of family ownership and is the largest and oldest provider of art supplies in the United States. Dick Blick's first catalog originated in 1911, and the Blicks' first product was a lettering pen, which quickly became a bestseller. Their "warehouse" was their kitchen, and their "shipping department" was the Galesburg, Illinois post office.
Today, the chain’s products cater to the full spectrum of artists - from children to well-known, gallery-represented professionals. The store’s reputation centers on its superior customer service, extensive selection, and competitive prices.
Paper Source is a premier paperie, art supply, greeting card, and gift retailer offering each customer an intimate, boutique-feel when they enter the store. More than half of its products feature original Paper Source designs from the company’s Chicago-based team, showcasing a unique aesthetic and exclusive color palette. Shoppers can find a curated selection of personalized stationery, wedding invitations, custom announcements, calendars and planners, gift wrap, party supplies, craft kits, and distinctive gifts.
The store regularly schedules craft workshops that feature demonstrations in everything from custom rubber stamp cutting to creating handmade holiday cards. Check the website for current schedules.