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Grit in Baltimore

Monday, Apr 19, 2010

Posted By Larry Adlerstein

One of the old warehouses in old Baltimore is our new home & we feel pretty good about our renewal solution.

Most of the exterior walls were 16” x 22” glass windows housed in rusty iron frames. Repairing or replacing the hundreds of windows was beyond our budget & if we were able to so replace we’d be left with a leaky single pane exterior wall with the energy efficiency of the 1920’s.

So, we asked Rob, our Philly manager to “Mondrian” the place. We bought about 100 plexi panels & the crew replaced the old glass with painted plexi.

Behind that went a 1.5” layer of plastic foam insulation covered by fire code sheet rock. The plexi/foam/sheetrock has been held in place by long 2x4”s bolted into the masonry walls.

So A&C has an energy efficient Baltimore home, within budget.
- Larry Adlerstein

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I've never before signed 2 leases in one day

Friday, Jul 02, 2010

Posted By Larry Adlerstein

Today was the exception. We’re opening in Saugus, Mass, just north of Boston and the south loop of Chicago.

We hope to open both mid August, just in time for Back to School. So look for us when you’re cruising South Wabash or Rt 1 heading south to Bean Town.

More info coming.

- Larry Adlerstein

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Seattle, In a Cafe, in the Pike Place Market

Friday, Mar 11, 2011

Posted By Larry Adlerstein

It’s like I’m starting over.  Fifteen years ago, I came to what is now my favorite city to try to build Artist & Craftsman Supply.   
Now I’m back to start all over, again.
You know, it’s nice to come home, again. Even though my effort to open a store in Seattle was my virgin trip to Washington State, this always has been a HOME to me. It’s almost unfair that God endowed this territory so unfairly to the rest of us strugglers.
The greatest gift the American Northwest has been given is a strong and healthy love of all kinds of life.  Simple optimism, simply. Throw in an abundance of flowers, blackberries, lakes and mountains, and then the gift of soothing rain….this is Larry’s earth home.
And now, I get to start, again.
Through a gift of our landlord, David Hsaio, our store in Seattle has grown to 15,000 square feet. Now, that’s small for a big box, but we’ve always been a cigar box…o.k. …maybe a shoebox.
So, I’m going to try to learn the game of the big boys.  Here at home in Seattle, again.

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A Brief History of A&C

Wednesday, Jul 24, 2013

Posted By Larry Adlerstein

 Larry Adlerstein, Founder/President of A&C Supply

 

Dear Friends,

 

A few months ago I celebrated my 70th birthday. Some of you other old people know that “celebration” is not the appropriate word but I won’t get off subject.

 

Anyway, I’ve promised to write a history of this business and every year that essay gets shorter and shorter as my memory fades. So I decided I’d best get to it while I still remember what “it” is.

 

So here “it” is, an abridged history of A&C. I start with the opening of new stores, my favorite part of this business.



Thank you customers & my friends,

 

-Larry Adlerstein

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