Shop Talk: On Paper
Lots of Short North shops have come and gone, but On Paper has been a neighborhood fixture for almost 16 years.
Located at 737 N. High St., the 1,500-square-foot store has just about anything a stationery enthusiast could want: specialty papers, note cards, greeting cards, invitations, leather journals, scrapbooks, and a variety of pens.
On Paper also offers several unique services, including custom design (with the help of an in-house graphic designer), calligraphy (thanks to a professional calligrapher in southwest Ohio), custom printing (courtesy of an in-house digital printer, as well as thermographers, lithographers, engravers and letterpress printers in Columbus and beyond), gift wrapping, and personal shopping.
Joan Schnee’s lifelong love of stationery and paper crafts is what led her to open On Paper− and she had more than 20 years of professional experience to help make it a success.
“My career was in retail store design and visual merchandising, so my shop concept was the perfect blend of retail expertise and artistic inspiration,” says Schnee.
Though there are other local shops that have similar merchandise, Schnee contends that it’s On Paper’s “artistic approach” to stationery that sets it apart.
“Our style is more edgy, less preppy,” she says. “We also offer an extensive collection of jewelry and are developing quite a fan base for our collection.”
Though the shop has maintained a consistent aesthetic through the years, it has also adapted to meet its customers’ changing demands.
“In many ways, we are a very different store than we were when we started,” Schnee says. “For example, we now carry a fast greater assortment of jewelry than photo albums, and we sell more wrapping paper maps than we do handmade sheets of art paper.”
Another thing that’s changed considerably since On Paper’s launch in 1997 is the wedding invitation− one of the shop’s specialties.
“It has been elevated to an art form with countless nuances and creative options,” she says. “It is a really fun part of the wedding planning process and offers each couple the opportunity to put a unique stamp on their wedding.”
Working with a local stationer can really help them navigate the vast assortment of designs, stay within a defined budget, and ensure the final product is perfect, she adds.
Appointments for wedding invitations are recommended.
Photos by Anne Evans.