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What's Happening Here - Golden

Friday, Aug 02, 2013

Posted By Larry Adlerstein

 

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Follows is the first of a series of “What’s Happening Here”  - stories of our vendors—those people who make stuff for us artists—told by those vendors.
 I’ve asked each to introduce themselves with a brief  bio and then answer the question What’s happening here? Mark Golden is our first participant.
 


 



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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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KC Warehouse Expansion

Monday, Jul 29, 2013

Posted By Larry Adlerstein

Thanks to you, our business is up about 12% this year. The web business is up about 75% over the same time a year ago.

 

All thanks to you.

Thanks
.

 

We opened a retail store in Kansas City about 18 months ago and rented some extra space to become our web shipping warehouse, some day. Well some day is coming.

 

Our store/warehouse is located in the crossroads, a developing artsy district. We’ll open this mid-American warehouse in October and to celebrate we’ll be offering, to the 1st of next year, free freight for the items we stock there.

 

Right now we plan to stock stretched canvas, wood panels, and Shizen Indian papers. Stay tuned, more to come.

Artist & Craftsman Supply Kansas City Store Front

Our Kansas City store on Southwest Blvd

 

Kansas City landlord, AaronAaron, our Kansas City landlord, he's a nice guy.

 


 

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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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