Paperista is closing its doors at 50th & France, but the party isn’t over for the independent stationery and design business. After a maternity leave, owner Antoinette Ramos, who is days away from giving birth to twins, plans to open a Paperista studio to focus on custom invitations and design—the heart and soul of the business. Drawing shoppers for gifts and impulse buys proved challenging for Paperista at 50th & France—more so, since national competitor Paper Source moved in at the corner. Paperista’s closing sale will begin June 5 with 50 to 75 percent off most merchandise. The store is expected to close in late July.
And in St. Paul, another local retailer is closing its storefront. Tradition Creek, the camping and outdoor supply store, plans to shift its focus to online and eventually close its log cabin-style store on Seventh Street. No date has been set. “Our online retail store has been an overwhelming financial success, often compensating for lower sales in our retail storefront,” owner Shawn Murphy said in a statement. While its online customers hail from Canada, Europe and throughout the U.S. , Murphy says Tradition Creek will remain true to Minnesota companies and American-made products.