First and foremost, thank you to our loyal customers and custom clients who have continued to support us during these dark days. No words can really express how grateful we are for you and what your orders have meant to our small independent business. You are the reason we keep fighting to live another day.
This is so hard to write but sharing it is critical. It’s been a crushing year for On Paper and so many other small independent businesses. Too many of our neighbors have closed their doors. Too many windows have for lease signs. Main Streets across the USA are losing their vibrant and unique small businesses. The recovery has been too slow. Yes, we got the PPP loan, we got a grant, we’ve maxed out our credit cards, we’ve done everything we can think of but it’s Just. Not. Enough.
Our mission is more important than ever. In a time when people have been locked down, pent up, missing their loved ones or solely communicating through a screen, our business connects them in a real and tangible way. The effort taken to send snail mail has a way of touching people in a sense that digital communication just can't match. While weddings and other major social experiences are being postponed or going micro, the invitations and day of stationery represent hope for a more normal future.
After 23 years, 2020 may be the last one for our sweet little brick and mortar shop with its creaky floors, vintage chandeliers, and antique fixtures. (We’re just talking about brick and mortar, and only as a last resort. On Paper will live on through custom and e-commerce business). We’re committed to being here through the end of the year and we’re giving you the in-person On Paper holiday shopping experience you’re craving. But we need your help this holiday season. If you’re shopping for a planner, calendar, journal, fine pen, or anything else we carry, please shop with us. If you don’t need anything right now, buy a gift card to use later. If you’re avoiding the public, shop www.onpaper.com, pick up curbside, tag us on Instagram, join our mailing list (scroll to the bottom or our home page), tell your friends. And if you’re shopping for something else entirely, that’s ok, just shop with another small business. Save us. Save them.
Margy, Quierston, Lynsey, Cassie, Christian and Eva