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A Brief History of A&C – Seattle

Thursday, Jul 25, 2013

Posted By Larry Adlerstein

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Seattle, WA, established 1996

By Larry Adlerstein, Founder & President of A&C

 

Larry & Steve
The original explorers—many years later

Our second store was in Seattle. One evening I was visiting with my friends, John & Anne Beldon back home in Portland, Maine. I related how I felt a single art supply store would no longer be competitive—for I saw big money coming into our little trade.

 

Where would I open store #2? Seattle, I thought, because my marriage was difficult & the west coast was far away. My dinner friend John had a real estate brother in Seattle so a week later I was on the west bound plane.

 

Upon arrival I rented a car and headed to the University district, a likely place to set up and art supply. We (Steve and I—he is now my general manager but at the time he had been with me just a few years) looked at vacant stores. In one such store I heard my name called: It was real estate brother “Buzz.” He was researching on my behalf.

 

What a coincidence. Buzz was the only person I knew in Seattle and in fact, we rented that U District store more than 15 years ago.

 

That store was a difficult learning experience for me because it was my first attempt to do business remotely. And I had to learn a whole new language. In Seattlese every sentence starts with a Please and ends in Thank You. Not so back east.

 

But I’m learning.

 

 


 

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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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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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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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