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Good Stuff: Take Note

A local paper-goods boom, just in time for love notes.

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  • cards by Hartland Brooklyn from Brown Ink Paper Goods
    Photos by Becca Sabot
    Floral wreath birthday cards ($17 for box of six), by Hartland Brooklyn, from Brown Ink Paper Goods.
  • Thinking of you card
    Photos by Becca Sabot
    Thinking of You card ($4.50), by Old Tom Foolery, from Greater Goods, 2515 Nicollet Ave. S., Mpls., 612-872-2460, oldtomfoolery.com
  • package wrapped in brown paper and string
    Photos by Becca Sabot
    Brown Ink packages come neatly wrapped with brown paper and string, brownink.com
  • To-do notepad and note card
    Photos by Becca Sabot
    To-do notepad ($12), from printerettepress.com; Les Animaux letterpress rabbit notecard ($20 for box of eight), by Enormous Champion, from brownink.com
  • Loon Note card
    Photos by Becca Sabot
    Loon card ($4.50), from Lunalux, 1618 Harmon Place, Mpls., 612-373-0526, lunalux.com
  • Votive candle
    Photos by Becca Sabot
    Votive ($14), by Malin Goetz, from Forage Modern Workshop, 4023 E. Lake St., Mpls., 612-886-3603, foragemodernworkshop.com
  • Honey bon-bons
    Photos by Becca Sabot
    Honey bon-bons ($7 for three-piece box), by Mademoiselle Miel, from Golden Fig Fine Foods, 790 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651-602-0144, mademoisellemiel.com
  • Kiss me note card
    Photos by Becca Sabot
    Kiss Me card ($4.50), by Old Tom Foolery, also from Greater Goods
  • Road Trip note card
    Photos by Becca Sabot
    Road Trip card ($16 for box of eight), by Scout’s Honor Co., also from Brown Ink
  • Yay note card
    Photos by Becca Sabot
    Yay card ($17 for box of eight), by Iron Curtain Press, also from Brown Ink
  • Happy Birthday note card
    Photos by Becca Sabot
    Happy Birthday card ($2.99), from redstamp.com
  • Minnesota note card
    Photos by Becca Sabot
    Minnesota card ($4.25), from mcbrunopress.com
  • Brass ballpoint pen
    Photos by Becca Sabot
    Brass ballpoint pen ($30), by Midori, also from Lunalux

At a time when we can poke, ping, post, snap, and text loved ones in an instant, paper goods are booming. And the Twin Cities, with our talent pool of advertising execs, graphic designers, and retailers, is emerging as a hub for stationery companies that are putting a modern spin on handwritten communication.

“I think we can all agree Minnesota is bright with creativity: music, art, architecture,” says Erin Newkirk, founder of Minneapolis-based correspondence company Red Stamp. “The art of correspondence is no different. It truly shines when topped with a heap of Minnesota kindness.”
 

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