Remembering Sue Conklin

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Remembering Sue Conklin

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Sue Conklin, who many long-time residents of College Park will recognize as the owner of Gingersnap Station and The Paper Gallery of College Park. Sue was a very special person to the Collage Home family and a beloved part of the College Park community who will always be remembered for her kindness, her love of College Park and her talents with all things stationery. We honor her memory and are deeply grateful to have known her. Her smile, her humor and that wonderful southern charm will be greatly missed.

Designer Louis Sherry Tins Available at Collage Home

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Louis Sherry
Photo courtesy/Louis Sherry

Louis Sherry Makes the Swankiest, Chicest and Most Delicious Chocolates Around

In the late 1800’s Louis Sherry was an important name in New York City, starting as a restaurateur turned confectioner and eventually hotelier. Does the Sherry-Netherland Hotel ring a bell?

But Sherry’s chocolates, with names like Jamaican Rum (aged 7-year-old Jamaican Rum blended with a milk chocolate ganache), Sicilian Orange and Strawberry Romanoff (made with “frais de bois” strawberries and orange liqueur with a hint of vanilla) made his name iconic. This upscale brand of sweets is not your average box of “Sampler” chocolates — and now, you can get them at Collage Home.

Louis Sherry Tins

12 piece tin retails for $40 at Collage Home.

If the delicious-sounding names aren’t enough to get you excited about our new treats, just look at the packaging! Louis Sherry is not only known for his candy, he was also marketing genius. By using these unforgettable rainbow colored tins to hold these chocolate delights, Sherry created a brand unlike any other in the Gilded Age in Manhattan.

This year, Louis Sherry has introduced the designer series for their 12 piece tins. Among those featured in the series is designer Harrison Howard who has been recognized for his screen prints, watercolors, easel paintings and panels. Focusing on the whimsical Asian stylings of chinoiserie, Howard has been commissioned by Caspari, a renowned name in the world of printed paper products.  Caspari and Howard’s exquisite designs have proven to be a favorite of our Collage Home friends.

Harrison Howard

Harrison Howard napkins for Caspari.

Louis Sherry tins have been widely collectible for years. Just in time for Easter, or any occasion for that matter, these exquisite chocolates have arrived at Collage Home. Encased in their iconic tins, these beauties can certainly be judged by their “cover”.

Three styles are available in store now: Royal Blue Bird and Butterfly, Robin’s Egg Blue China Sea and Singerie Teal. Don’t miss out on your chance to collect a few for yourself!

When the Old Becomes New Again

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Custom Stationery at The Paperie

       There is something simply wonderful about seeing a letter or invitation in your mailbox. Your heart may even skip a beat. “Who’s having a party?” “Who’s getting married?” “Someone took the time to write ME a card?” Physical invitations and letters are tactile and include detail — the weight and feel of the paper or card stock, the ink process, whether it’s been letterpressed, engraved, or embossed — that is often missed in an email or evite. It’s a personal statement and it sets the tone of the party and/or the character of the sender.

       In an age of digital media and instant gratification, the custom stationery and greeting card industry is thriving. While the relatively new email invite, or evite, phenomenon serves its purpose (no stamps are necessary, no addressing or running to the post office to mail is needed, and they are instantly received among other benefits), personalized, hard copy printed invitations and stationery sent through snail mail continue to grow in popularity. Despite what you may expect in the modern age, “ready communication” has not been able to edge out the appeal of a hand printed invitation, and a whole new generation has begun to discover the beauty of the greeting card.

Custom Stationery and Invitations
Details on a letterpress invitation by The Paperie at Collage Home.

       While moving last year, I ran across several shoe boxes full of handwritten notes, letters from college friends, wedding invitations and party invitations of all kinds. Had those been sent to me via email, evite or even over text, I would not still have them and more importantly I wouldn’t have had that sentimental reminder of the past. Perhaps it’s that the paper used for stationery is heavier and of higher quality than the paper we tend to see in our day to day lives, the beauty of a letterpressed design, or just the personal nature of a hand-written note that lends it a special quality that can’t be captured by any other medium.

       As you may have heard, The Paperie was opened within Collage Home last October. At The Paperie, you can find that special greeting card for that special person, beautiful cocktail napkins, boxed stationery and notes, fun and whimsical note pads as well as personalized paper products. We offer custom orders of personalized stationery, note pads, address stamps, cocktail napkins, hand towels, gift enclosures, and even personalized koozies, cups and bridge sets! (These usually take about two weeks to receive, so plan ahead for that special personalized gift for that person who is hard to buy for.)

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Custom NapkinsCustom printing options.

       We also offer in-house printing for invitations of all kinds. This is one of my favorite services because we get to help make a client’s event memorable. Remember, our lines are expanding and new blank stock is arriving weekly. Most in house orders can be turned around within a week! It’s exciting to see a younger generation embracing custom paper goods and continuing the tradition of the hand-written note or personalized invitation.

       Being in this business of paper and printing for so long, I have seen the price of greeting cards go from $1.50 to $5.50 a piece, and that is not without a significant jump in quality. The heavy stocks and the embellishments are so beautiful — hand letterpress and gold foiling surely makes a birthday card a mini piece of art. Frame it and the card is a gift in itself!

Custom Stationery and InvitationsGold foil printing on a letterpressed Save the Date card.       

       I have also had the pleasure of working with the same customers (who have become friends) over and over again for years and I’m so excited to continue the tradition at The Paperie. My first order with a customer may be an invitation for a baby shower hosted by family friends, and then the couple orders personalized thank you notes. Next, the expectant couple comes in for birth announcements, photo Christmas cards, Baby’s First Birthday, and many more parties down the line.

       Confirmations, first communions, and graduation announcements later, baby is all grown up and we are printing invitations for engagement parties, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners and weddings for a new generation… and of course it’s full circle when baby has a baby and becomes a mother.

       And that, my friends, is the life of a neighborhood stationery store. Stop by and get to know The Paperie at Collage Home and discover how we can make each of your events memorable with personalized stationery and gifts!

Holiday Decorating Tips from Collage Home

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Holiday Decorating Tips from Collage Home

Now that our calendars officially read December (how did that happen so quickly?) we are in full holiday mode in our showroom. We receive a lot of questions about the best way to make a home feel cozy for the holidays, so today we’re sharing our top holiday decorating tips:

1. Less is not more when it comes to lights on a Christmas tree. If you think 400 lights are enough for a large tree, add another 100 or 200.  And always remember to start wrapping the middle of tree trunk. It’s labor intensive, but worth it.

2.  Add lights to your garland swags trailing up the staircase railings or on the fireplace mantle.

Collage Home Ornaments

3. Group together multiple candlesticks of different heights to make a statement as a centerpiece on a table or along a fireplace mantle.

4. Place solid silver and solid gold ornaments in the center of the tree so that the lights reflect off of the ornaments and light up your space.

5. Ornaments don’t have to always be on the tree!  Fill a big bowl with solid color ornaments that complement your décor.

6. White lights have had a good run…. Don’t be afraid of colored lights.

Collage Home Tablescape

7. Candle rings are making a big come back. Small berry or holly wreaths for the base of your candle sticks can make a simple candlestick quite festive.

8. Establish your color palette early. You may choose to incorporate hues from your home décor, or choose complementary colors that pop. Either way, picking your color theme before you start to decorate can save you lots of headache down the road when you realize that none of your decorations look quite right together.

9. When crafting your holiday centerpieces, look up. The chandelier is often overlooked where decorations are concerned, but it offers a unique place to hang shimmering ornaments or garland without taking up valuable table real estate.

Collage Home Holiday

10. Incorporate keepsakes that are unique to your family: portraits from past holidays, children’s art projects, and antique keepsakes from relatives often make the most special decorations of all.

11. Don’t stress! Consider enlisting the help of a professional to help you make the best use of your space. What works in one home might not be the best choice in the next. The less time you spend worrying about making your décor perfect means more time spent with your family… and after all, that’s what the holidays are all about.

Collage Fall Flash Sale

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Thanksgiving Flash Sale

Just in time for Thanksgiving, it’s our Collage Fall Flash Sale! Enjoy 40% off on all of our fall pumpkins and gourds… yes! Even our hand turned and blown glass pumpkins are 40% off for a very limited time.

Plus, take 40% off on all stock of Fall and Thanksgiving paper products: Coasters, Cocktail Napkins, Guest Towels and more!

Collage Fall Flash Sale

And don’t forget to SHOP SMALL!

Small Business SaturdaySaturday, November 26 we’re celebrating Small Business Saturday here in College Park.

Why is this important? When our neighbors and customers shop and spend in 32804, 32804 gets stronger and our community stays vibrant. Vibrant and strong are great things for all of College Park and neighboring communities.  Invite your friends and come out and show your love for 32804!

Collage Home will be serving lemonade and cookies during Small Business Saturday… what’s not to love?

Stop by our space at 1822 Edgewater Drive in College Park this Saturday. We’re open from 9:00am til 5:00 pm! Feel free to call 407-843-0040 for any questions about our Fall sale or Small Business Saturday.

#gettoknowcollage #itsacollegeparkthing

Now Open: The Paperie at Collage Home

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The Paperie Ribbon Cutting

It’s been quite eventful around here over the last couple of weeks!  Collage Home has had a bit of a makeover:  fresh paint and new wall coverings, rearranging the entire showroom, and adding new inventory has kept us very busy.

If you are an Observation Deck follower, you know that Monday, October 17th marked the debut of our new addition within the store, The Paperie at Collage Home.

The Paperie

The Paperie is stocked with fabulous new card lines from Papaya!, The Social Type, Farewell Paperie, Katie Leamon, Karen Adams Designs and Haute Papier just to name a few.  Of course I couldn’t set up shop without the addition of one of my favorite vendors, Caspari. Their cocktail napkins and guest towels and bridge accessories are just smashing.

We had a nice group in attendance for our ribbon cutting ceremony, among them Debbie Goetz, Editor and Owner of the College Park Community Paper; Andrea Kudlacz, Executive Director of Collage Park Partnership; and locally and nationally known Artists, Fritz Stinebaugh and Victor Bokas, both of whom we are lucky enough to showcase here at Collage Home.

Blood Orange Mimosas and light snacks were on deck all day.

This week, so many old and new friends as well as former customers of The Paper Gallery have stopped in to see what they have been missing for the last few months.

We were ever so thankful and surprised by the dearest of dear friends who brought the loveliest bouquet of orange sunflowers and a matching bottle of orange labeled champagne!  Oh My! Cheers!

Beautiful sunflowers from great friend.

For those who have yet to experience it, The Paperie at Collage Home is:

Small batch, hand crafted greeting cards and boxed notes, gift enclosures, fun notepads, letterpress coasters, cocktail napkins and guest towels, bridge accessories, and more beautiful paper goods. Personalized stationery and napkins are available to order—and we are starting to stock blank stock invitations for all of your party needs and… wait for it… in house printing will be available! We can work with you, personally, to find the perfect invite for your perfect soiree.

Stop in and say hello to #gettoknowcollage and #gettoknowthepaperie.

Introducing The Paperie at Collage Home

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The Paperie at Collage Home

Starting on October 17, The Paperie at Collage Home brings the boutique stationery experience back to College Park.

We are excited to announce a new venture: The Paperie at Collage Home!

As you read in a past blog, the opening of The Paper Gallery in 1987 brought unique paper products to College Park. But its closing earlier this year left a void in the personalized paper goods market on Edgewater Drive… one that Collage Home owners Jack Hanson and Grant Gribble recognized and were happy to fill! With their help, we are bringing eclectic and unique paper goods back to the 32804.

We have big plans for The Paperie, a boutique area within Collage Home.

While you’re sure to see some familiar lines, we look forward to taking The Paperie in a totally new direction by featuring fresh products and new gifts complementary to Collage Home. And, most importantly, we will be looking to see what, you, our customers want to see in stock.

Collage Home remains the College Park destination for hand-curated home décor and eclectic furnishings, and The Paperie adds a new dimension to the experience. Custom stationery, greeting cards, notes, personalized gifts, fabulous cocktail napkins and guest towels—and even invitations—await!

Do you have any items or brands in mind that you’d like to see in store? Please, let us know. And be sure to stay tuned for more updates on the development of the store. We can’t wait to see it all come together!

 

Angelyn

Bringing the Best Prices to College Park

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Veritas Vase

Bringing the Best Prices to College Park

Most of our customers are aware of our slogan: “It’s the mix, not the match.” At Collage Home, we pride ourselves on offering a mix of one-of-a-kind artisan goods and unique statement pieces with great, affordable home items and gifts.

Many of our items are carefully chosen by our owners from buying markets, and offering a thoughtfully curated collection of hand-selected items is an important part of the Collage Home experience.

Here at Collage, we also carry many of the same items as high end department stores like Neiman Marcus and Barney’s New York, plus other fine home décor stores you can find online such as Horchow or Mecox (referenced in many home design magazines) and Lexington Gardens, a lovely home store in Manhattan. But we also do everything we can to offer these items at the best possible prices for our College Park shoppers!

Let’s compare prices, shall we?

Tommy Mitchell Flower Study Athena Dining Table Braddock Bench Frog Bowl Butterfly Chandelier Veritas Vase

We like nice things, we like pretty things and we do our best to bring those nice and pretty things to you! You don’t have to drive to the mall, across town or have to take a gamble buying from a large online retailer wondering what it feels like and what it looks like in person.

By the way, we also have wonderful Seda France hand pump soaps for $22, beach glass vases starting at $16, and many more gifts under $50!

There you have it! You have an open invitation to come in and see for yourself all that Collage Home has to offer to College Park.

You can #GetToKnowCollage Monday thru Saturday, 10:00 am until 5:00 pm.

Get to Know Angelyn Conklin

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Angelyn Conklin

In 1982, Angelyn Conklin accidentally made the transition from a young multi-media producer to a manager and owner in the world of retail.

Starting as a short break from the madness of advertising and marketing, Angelyn began helping her mother open up her second retail business in College Park. That short break became a career in retail spanning over 25 years.

After 5 years of managing her Mother’s store, Gingersnap Station, Angelyn opened her own small card and stationery store next door.  The Paper Gallery of College Park was founded in 1987 and quickly became the go-to spot in College Park for unique greeting cards, stationery, imported paper goods, artisan gifts and custom invitations printed in-house.

In 1995, The Paper Gallery expanded and moved, with Gingersnap Station, across the street into the space where the iconic Toy Parade once was.

From 2000 – 2007 Angelyn took a reprieve from retail and made the move to Wickford, Rhode Island.  For 7 years she was Vice President of Data Acquisition for a small internet database startup company.

Artfact.com (now Invaluable.com) started out publishing online auctions and online catalogues for the top 20 Art and Antique Auction Houses in the nation. Working with prestigious clients such as Sotheby’s, Christie’s, Doyle New York, The Keno Brothers and Swann Auction Galleries was a perfect fit for Angelyn’s passion and intrigue for art and design.

When Angelyn returned to Orlando and The Paper Gallery & Gingersnap Station, the economy was challenging. Gingersnap closed its doors in 2011 and The Paper Gallery downsized into 1/3 of the previous 4,800 SF store.

In 2015, the owners of Collage Home and Gribble Interior Group, Jack Hanson and Grant Gribble, approached Angelyn with an opportunity to broaden her horizons and become Retail Partner with them and Collage Home. It was the perfect fit!

Each with their own style and aesthetics, inspired by art, design, the classics and a touch of whimsy, their collaboration is the creative force behind Collage Home.

After all—it’s in the mix, not the match!

Road Trip to the Atlanta Gift Market

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Collage Home at the Atlanta Gift Market

Note to self: when driving straight to Atlanta from Orlando, make sure you have plenty of snacks and conversation… Thankfully, we never have problems on those fronts!

At 5:30 am on July 15, Collage Home owners Jack Hanson and Grant Gribble set out with myself in tow for the Atlanta International Home & Gift Market. I was designated back seat sous chef during the ride, assembling ham and cheese croissants with the least mess possible and dishing out the Classic Lays chips.

We dished on the weather, the traffic, the economic climate, the Presidential race (Oh dear!) and of course our plans for new treasures coming to Collage Home. At Collage, we pride ourselves on offering items that you won’t find at every other store on the block. There is no place better to find those special items than at a market packed with unique showrooms and collections… needless to say, the weekend was a success!

We had a great time together in Atlanta, and the new treasures are just starting to come in. We’re so excited for you to see everything we hand-picked just for the store!

Here’s a bit of what we have to look forward to:Whisky Stones, Wine Twirls, Ornate pave boxes, Acrylic chairs and benches, Buck Mirrors, Topiaries, Christmas pillows, Garden Seats and much more.

Collage at the Atlanta Gift Market

1,000 thanks to Jack for not only chauffeuring us the entire 876 miles (He most deservedly wins the Driver of the Year award for the simple fact that he exited at all the right places… Chick-Fil-A and Dairy Queen… no questions asked), but for also having such a great eye for buying. Having owners so invested in the buying process is evident in our showroom—everything is picked with love!

Collage Home is very lucky to have a talented mix of buyers and merchandisers, each with their own tastes and aesthetics, that complement each other so well. Jack, with his eye for buying, Grant, a gifted interior designer, and myself each bring something special to the table. After all—it’s in the mix, not the match!

Stop in soon to see all of our new finds! There’s never been a better time to #gettoknowcollage.