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From Ice Cream to Art Supplies

Thursday, Jan 23, 2014

Posted By Katie Wilber

Breyer's Leaf Billboard

Original Breyer's leaf billboard 
(nycsubway.org / Joe Testagrose Collection)

Modern Billboard
The Breyer billboard today 
(photo credit: T.Rinaldi)

Last November we were looking for another new location to bring Artist & Craftsman's signature charm to New York City, and we found the perfect place in Long Island City. Located at 34-09 Queens Blvd, this 89 year old building is the former location of a Breyer's Ice Cream factory.


For several weeks A&C worker bees have been adding our own stylistic flourish to this delicious 10,000 sq.ft. space, sprinkling A&C magic on everything from the walls to the floors and even the shelving. We even scooped up some space on the giant billboard atop the building, which some may recognize as the shape of Breyer's iconic leaf logo.


Soon we'll start moving in products and training our new staff. We can't wait to start serving up some sweet arts & crafts treats from our new home in Long Island City





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A Brief History of A&C – Saugus (North Boston)

Tuesday, Nov 19, 2013

Posted By Larry Adlerstein

A Brief History of Artist & Craftsman Supply

Saugus, MA, established 2010

By Larry Adlerstein, Founder & President of A&C


Saugus, Mass, an unlikely place for an art supply, an unlikely place for artists….


Route 1 is Saugus, Mass. At the North end of this 10 mile strip of shopping strips and traffic lights is I95 which feeds this congestion. To the South you have your choice of I93 to the resort island of Cape Cod, or the Mass Turnpike.


Route 1 Saugus is the cheese in this unattractive sandwich.


But there is so much traffic there has got to be a few artists somewhere. And lucky for us, there are a few.


No, actually the store is doing well. Artist & Craftsman has developed into a family centered selection, so in Saugus, Mass we sell toys and crafts while in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, the product mix is more serious and professional.


But regardless of the particulars, the products mix and the theory of business are constant. If we can attract part of the family or provide a constructive environment, sooner or later the rest of the family will come along.


On Route 1 Saugus our first customers were the children. Now their parents are coming along….




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Media Release Queens Store Opening

Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013

Posted By Larry Adlerstein


Media Release

Maine-based National Art Supply Store to Provide Easy Access to Arts and Crafts Materials From Manhattan

For Immediate Release: 10/29/2013


For More Information: Larry Adlerstein or Steve Kenney, 1-800-876-8076


Artist and Craftsman Supply, the employee owned national company founded in Portland, Maine in 1985, has been thrilled by the warm welcome received at its new store in Harlem and Williamsburg, Brooklyn store. Hoping to expand on its success, Artist and Craftsman Supply, will be opening a brand new store in Long Island City.


Located on Queens Blvd, this major access point to Manhattan should please artists and crafters alike. Finally there will be a place to buy all of your elusive artist materials, especially craft supplies.


Here is just an offering of what you will find:




Craft Stems


Weaving looms


Blank books

Paper mache sculptures


Jewelry findings

Wood crafts






Custom framing will also be coming soon to the Long Island City store.


Baltimore, Maryland

(410) 528-0003


Berkeley, California 

(510) 704-4040


Boston North (NoBo)
Saugus, Massachusetts 

(781) 233-3306


Brooklyn, New York

(718) 782-7765


Cambridge, Massachusetts

(617) 354-3636


Charleston, South Carolina

(843) 579-0077


Chicago, Illinois 

(312) 583-9990


Harlem, New York

(212) 222-4700


Kansas City, Missouri

(816) 221-5454


Los Angeles, California

(310) 274-8000

Louisville, Kentucky

(502) 459-4677


Madison, Wisconsin

(608) 251-2977


Miami, Florida

(305) 817-5455


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

(267) 861-6008


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

(412) 421-3002


Portland, Maine

(207) 772-7272


San Diego, California

(619) 688-1911


San Francisco, California

(415) 931-1900


Seattle, Washington

(206) 545-0091

Headquarters: 540 Deering Ave, Portland, Maine 04103 • (207) 828-2555 • Fax (207) 772-0001 •  www.artistcraftsman.com
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Frame Panel Employee Art Show

Friday, Sep 13, 2013

Posted By Katie Wilber


We challenged our employees to create art using our Birch Frame Panels. As you can see, they were used in many different ways.


Share with us the ways you have used our frame panels!

Post an image of what you've created, on a social network of your choice,
and use these tags to let us know! 

pinterest-logo #acframepanel

Instagram logo #acframepanel

Facebook logo Tag our official page or your local A&C page in the image

Or email us the image!



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