Archive for September 23rd, 2012

jbOne of the nice things about returning to the same vacation spot – like Wellfleet – year after year is stopping in to visit favorite shops and galleries. There is no more favorite shop in Wellfleet than the wonderful Jules Besch Stationers. Jules Besch is more like a museum of cards and stationary than a store and it is perfectly curated.

Only the finest products are presented at Jules Besch and the result is a wonderful experience from the minute you walk in until the second you walk out the door. A typical visit includes a chat with the shop’s owner (and master curator) Michael, who can always be counted on for a story about his merchandise and amazing collection of stationary and desk-related collectibles.

I love Fodor’s review of Jules Besch: “Jules Besch Stationers has extraordinary cards, fine stationery, journals, papers, and pens. Proprietor Michael Tuck’s warm and welcoming nature is as beautiful as his products.”  That pretty much sums it up.

AlbertineAmong the great products Jules Besch offers is the wonderful line of letterpress items from Albertine Press which includes greeting cards, note sets, and journals. I love all of the products from Albertine, especially their line of mini travel journals featuring a letterpress image of the world’s great cities.

About Albertine Press: “From classic and elegant to witty and irreverent – Albertine Press is a Boston-area design and letterpress print shop run by Shelley Barandes, a sometime-architect who just loved paper more. What began as a custom design and print studio has grown to include a full collection of greeting cards, note sets, coasters and journals available at stationery stores and gift boutiques across the country. In addition, we continue to work closely with individuals on custom printing projects, from wedding invitations to business collateral, broadsides to artists’ books.”

Albertine Press products are sold mostly through fine retailers (find a store here) with a limited selection available via their own Etsy shop.

Find a store selling Albertine Press products here.

Browse Albertine Press’ wholesale catalog here and see all of their great products.

leclairAlso on hand at Jules Besch is a nice selection of cards from LeClair Handcrafted Cards – which are just lovely.

About LeClair Handcrafted Cards: “Vintage images, vibrant colors, rich thick paper, are a few words describing LeClair Handcrafted Cards. Our selection contains over 600 different cards ranging from beautiful flowers, to an 1800’s French knight. Each LeClair card is handcut, hand assembled, glittered, and comes with an appealing color scheme including a beautiful coordinating envelope. Many cards have a twinkling of a Swarovski crystal or have a special ribbon and brad enhancement.”

Checkout LeClair’s line of cards here.

I am generally not one to spend most of my vacation shopping (despite what the posts here make it look like) but I just love visiting the special shops, like Jules Besch, that make town like Wellfleet a vibrant and fun place to visit.

Jules Besch Stationers is located at 15 Bank St., Wellfleet, MA.

Learn more about Albertine Press here.

Learn more about LeClair Handcrafted Cards here.

KAGEI think a good apron is a must for anyone who spends time in the kitchen baking or cooking in general.  Not only do aprons serve a practical purpose – keeping your cloths clean – a good apron can make you look like a serious cook and help you demonstrate a little style.  The latter being why I like the collection of aprons (and other kitchen-related products) from Birdkage.

About Birdkage: “Designer Courtney Kivela has staked out her own, unique corner of the 21st century kitchen with birdkage™ – her stunning kitchen collection which (so far) includes aprons and tea towels that have to be touched, utilized, worn to be fully appreciated. Pure function meets high style in Kivela’s creations.”

I think aprons also make great gifts for the cook in your life.  For example, I have the perfect person to give this Birdkage Bowery leopard printed apron to.  This apron is made from cotton canvas with metal studded hardware, and is available in Bib and A-Line Aprons, and you can even get matching Tea Towels.

See the entire kitchen collection from Birdkage here.