As we continue to grow as a company, it has become more and more important to define our core values from which we develop our culture, our brand, and our business strategies. These are the five core values that we at Paper Source live by:
Creativity: At Paper Source, creativity lives in the heart of every employee- where resourcefulness is turning ideas into reality
Collaborative leadership: We believe in communicating up, down, and across the organization to facilitate interpersonal connections and partnerships
Entrepreneurial spirit: We empower our teams to approach their day with Entrepreneurial Spirit- taking pride and ownership of their results
Customer-centricity: We strive to delight both our internal and external customers
Passion for the Brand: Our passion for our Brand is contagious- we are proud of our history, stores, product and employees
In our stores you will live our creative mission of Do Something Creative Every Day; teaching workshops or just doing a demonstration in the moment with a customer. We are here to provide a creative and inspiring customer experience in our stores.
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Paper Source is a premier paperie and gift retailer offering each customer an intimate, boutique-feel when they enter our stores. More than half of our products feature original Paper Source designs from our Chicago-based team — offering a unique aesthetic and exclusive color palette.
Paper Source products include personalized stationery, wedding invitations, distinctive gifts, gift wrap, paper craft supplies, greeting cards, calendars, planners, and custom printing.
Our Goal Is To Inspire You To "Do Something Creative Every Day"
We want to join in as you to celebrate all of life's moments (the big and the small). Paper Source has that quirky card, chic personalized stationery, elegant invitations, or a beautifully wrapped gift that you are looking for. We believe every item we carry represents a unique opportunity for you to express yourself creatively in everyday life. At Paper Source, we are committed to innovation and we want to be your choice when you want to get creative with the special events in your life.
We Have A Rich History And Innovative Leaders
The first Paper Source store was opened by Sue Lindstrom in Chicago in 1983 to showcase beautiful handcrafted papers from around the world. Throughout the years, we have grown our product offerings and expanded our presence within communities with the introduction of new stores, through our website and a wholesale division, Waste Not Paper. Sally Pofcher held the role of CEO of Paper Source from 2007 to 2015 and during her tenure she helped nurture more original designs and increased the type of products we offer. Her strong commitment to inspiring customers encouraged the development of more crafting, workshops and demonstrations.
In 2015 Winnie Park took over the role of CEO. Park’s background boasts the title of Senior Vice President of Marketing for the Hong Kong-based luxury shopping leader DFS and Senior Director of Women’s Merchandising for Levi Strauss and Company. Park’s experiences managing influential brands, along with her love of all things creative will help propel Paper Source even further into the future.
Our Reach Is Nationwide
Paper Source’s first store opened more than 30 years ago in a vintage building under the elevated tracks in Chicago, and since then we have expanded our warehouse three times. By the end of 2016, Paper Source will have more than 110 stores. We are proud to offer events, classes and workshops in our stores that provide customers with the opportunity to interact with our collection in new and creative ways.
We are proud to offer several monthly workshops in our stores across the country that feature demonstrations in everything from custom rubber stamp cutting to creating handmade holiday cards. Hands-on crafting sessions allow customers to experiment with techniques including (but not limited to) heat embossing, digital cutting and letterpress, all under the direction of a trained associate. Our stores also offer private workshop sessions for small groups — the perfect way to learn new ways to work with our collection of fine paper and stationery.
Customizable & DIY Wedding Stationery
Paper Source is a destination for wedding stationery and décor. We offer an array of customizable invitations as well as templates for doing it yourself. Our invitations feature current trends including letterpress, thermography and foil accents. Our Colorscope and full color palette provide a range of options for your special day.
Couples can view our helpful wedding planning checklist for a timeline and list of all your stationery needs — from save the dates and invitations to favors and thank you notes. Our swatchbook is another essential resource for couples, including paper swatches of all of our colors. This is the perfect tool to bring when you are picking flowers, dresses and more to maintain a consistent color palette.
Our series of YouTube videos also teaches a variety of different demonstrations of crafting techniques to teach helpful tricks from our associates.
Visit the Paper Source blog for stories from real brides about adding personal touches to their wedding with DIY projects and other special touches. – less