Somehow back-to-school time is upon us once again already, and with so many cute, one-of-a-kind stationery (and more) stores here in Brownstone Brooklyn, there are lots of ways to shop while supporting the local community.
This post is really for everyone who loves stationery, regardless of whether you have kids, whether you live in Brooklyn, you’re scouring Brownstone Brooklyn real estate listings in search of your future home, or you simply find yourself in the neighborhood.
A family business of over three decades, KC Arts was founded by two art students in the early ’80s to create a store where fellow artists could connect with helpful, knowledgeable staff. The shop carries a variety of paints, brushes, pens, pencils, crayons and all types of paper, as well as an array of craft supplies—great if your kids are enrolled in art classes. They also have all the stationery goodies you can imagine, kid-specific supplies and crafts, and gift sets. If you happen to have some art you’re looking to display in your home, their custom framing will come in handy too.
252 Court St
Cobble Hill, NY 11231
An inclusive art center catering to creatives of all ages and skill levels, The Art Station is a good spot for checking off your Brooklyn back-to-school supplies list, whether you’re seeking paints, paper, markers, pens, pencils, clays, crafts supplies or kids’ activities. They offer so many different art classes that include Paint ‘n’ Wine, Paint ‘n’ Cookies, Mommy ‘n’ Me and even kids’ parties. You’ll find custom framing here as well.
NY Art Station
1303 Avenue U
Brooklyn, NY 11229
One of the cutest little shops in Brooklyn, Annie’s is jampacked with one-of-a-kind gifts, home goods and of course back-to-school supplies. You’ll find a host of backpacks, water bottles, lunchboxes and stationery including glitter pens and pencils, markers, paints and notebooks. And if you’re not a Park Slope resident, or don’t have time to head to their store in person, you can shop Annie’s online.
Annie’s Blue Ribbon General Store
232 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Though Artist & Craftsman Supply has multiple locations throughout the US, we’re including it on our list because it’s an employee-owned company with only one New York store—here in Brooklyn. Lose yourself in colorful marker, pencil and pen displays, peruse the paints and sketch pads, and don’t forget to browse all the kids crafts and activities.
Artist & Crafstman Supply
307 2nd St
Brooklyn, NY 11215
At Scribbles, you’ll find oodles of school and office supplies including colored pencils, markers, scissors, staplers, posterboard and so much more. They sell a variety of craft kits too. Their vibrant website is easy to shop and has categories for Jewish holidays and crafts, dioramas, and social studies projects. Everything you need to get the school year started.
1308 40th St
Brooklyn, NY 11218
In business for four decades, Court Street Office Supplies is an independent store serving schools, families and businesses alike. Though they shut down their Brooklyn storefront, you can still place orders over the phone or online. They pride themselves on personalized customer service, easy ordering, a vast inventory selection and strong sense of community. From paper, pens, pencils, binders and planners, to art kits, activity books, office furniture and everything in between, there are plenty of options for both kids and adults.
Serving Brooklyn’s educational materials and crafts supplies market since 1971, Gramco offers everything your child might need for back-to-school shopping. You’ll find all the stationery standards like pens, pencils, paper and rulers, a variety of craft papers for origami, mosaics, tracing and other activities, and kits for sand art, mask making, nature crafts and more. They also carry a range of teacher supplies, early childhood learning materials and games.
Gramco School & Craft Supplies
126 31st St
Brooklyn, NY 11232
Looking for back-to-school lunch ideas too? Check out our schooltime meal-planning post.