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A Brief History of A&C – Baltimore

Thursday, Aug 01, 2013

Posted By Larry Adlerstein

A Brief History of Artist & Craftsman Supply



Baltimore, MD, established 2008

By Larry Adlerstein, Founder & President of A&C

 

 

 

Even though my father was an architect and my brother is presently an architect, I didn’t follow family inclinations and instead I went to law school. But maybe that architectural interest did also affect me. Especially in Baltimore.

 

Baltimore is an old historic city and the Maryland Institute College of Art is in what was then one of the more run down parts of the inner city. We, as an art supplier, wanted a location as close to that big art educator as possible.

 

There was an old warehouse near MICA but being an 80-100 year old warehouse the exterior walls were mostly broken glass windows set in rusted iron casing—the kind you open and close with hand cranks. I could see Artist & Craftsman going broke cooling the old monster in those muggy Maryland summer days.

 

So the architect gene sprang into action.

 

First I replaced broken glass with new clear rigid plastic. Then inside the glass/plastic exterior I put 1½” plastic Blue Board rigid insulation.

 

Then to isolate the plastic insulation from the interior occupied space, as required by building code, I put up 5/8 fire code sheet rock and we held it all together with 2x4s bolted to the brick of the old building.

 

I called Rob, my Philly manager, to come to Baltimore to paint and we had at it. An energy efficient art supply in a relic of an old building. 

 


 

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A Brief History of A&C – Philadelphia

Friday, Jul 26, 2013

Posted By Larry Adlerstein

A Brief History of Artist & Craftsman Supply



Philadelphia, PA, established 2007

By Larry Adlerstein, Founder & President of A&C

 

Rob

Rob

Philadelphia Store Manager & Northeast Manager.

”Over 10 years on the job at A&C and

I enjoy it now more than ever.

These people, the employees, and

our customers, are like a big family to me.

It’s been a pleasure getting to know all of them.”

Our Philly story is simple. Rob, our Cambridge manager, complained to me about housing costs in Boston. He said his wife, Jamie, wanted to start a family.

 

“Ok Rob, where do you want to move?”

 

Rob had visited Philly. Lots of people from New York & Boston were moving to the city of brotherly love. So we went to Philly, Rob to find his new home and me to open another Art Supply.

 

Rob’s family has grown and I’ve gotten six years older.

 


 

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A Brief History of A&C – Cambridge

Friday, Jul 26, 2013

Posted By Larry Adlerstein

A Brief History of Artist & Craftsman Supply

 

 

Cambridge, MA, established 2003

By Larry Adlerstein, Founder & President of A&C

 

In the fall of 2003 I decided to look closer to home for store sites. Boston was an obvious look at.

 

So I drove the two hours down to Boston and started by visiting Pearl Paint—the big guy at the time. Pearl was located in Central Square, Cambridge, across the Charles River from downtown Boston.

 

In retrospect, Pearl had already started their decline that has, at this date, resulted in bankruptcy and the closing of most stores, including their Cambridge location.

 

Well, after our brief survey of Pearl back in 2003 I decided to open in Cambridge and there, right across the street, was a for-rent sign.

 

It was a basement which has served us well for many years. Generally our relationship with our neighbor Pearl went well until on a Saturday morning there was a commercially printed sign posted across our front entrance.

 

“Vagrants welcome, plenty of toilet paper downstairs.”

 

Robert Pearlmutter personally wrote me a letter of apology.

 

 


 

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A Brief History of A&C – Charleston

Thursday, Jul 25, 2013

Posted By Larry Adlerstein

A Brief History of Artist & Craftsman

 

 

Charleston, SC, established 1998

By Larry Adlerstein, Founder & President of A&C

 

My domestic situation was improving so my 3rd store was on the east coast. The North East Coast Seasonal Migration goes up and down I-95 and when I’d visit my folks in Florida, I’d travel through Georgia and the Carolinas and I always found that area romantic and interesting. My wife Eva and I flew into Charleston and visited that charming city along with Savannah and Jacksonville Florida.

 

Driving down King Street in Charleston I saw a for rent sign that was going to become home. King Street is the high point of that lowland city—it’s at least 3 or 4 feet above sea level—so therefore it became the commercial center of Charleston.

 

I called the number on the sign and set an appointment for two days later. We headed south to Savannah and Jacksonville. Neither city appealed to us as Charleston had.

 

Two days later we met with landlord Ted Stoney. Later that day we signed his lease—love at 1st sight. After signing Ted said something about “the college.”

 

“What college?”

 

“Why, the College of Charleston.”

 

“That’s right, there is a college in Charleston. I saw them play basketball on T.V. once.” Duh… “Where are they?”

 

Ted, my new landlord, looked at me with a quizzical look. He told me the College of Charleston was 2 blocks down King Street. He was obviously impressed by my market research.

 


 

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