Monday, September 7th, 2015

Featured Retailer: Hyatt’s Graphic Supply Co. Inc.

Stephanie

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Today we are talking with Liz Czapski from Hyatt’s Graphic Supply Co. Inc.

RD: Please give us a short description of your store.

Liz: Hyatt’s Graphic Supply Co. Inc. is a family owned and operated company since 1959. We specialize in fine art materials, graphic supplies and distribute Pantone color matching products. Hyatt’s offers unique and quirky gifts and also hosts workshops and classes to evoke your inner artist. We have two locations, one in Buffalo, NY and the other in Clarence, NY a suburb of Buffalo. We can also be found online at www.hyatts.com.

RD: Have digital devices and apps changed how people use notebooks?

Liz: Yes, digital devices and apps have changed how people use notebooks. Many people are opting to go paperless and rely solely on their phones and computers to stay organized, set reminders and share news. On the contrary, pads are still very much in use and with the uprise of digital apps, information that was once difficult to share from notebooks can now be instantly uploaded to social media or emailed.

RD: What do you see as the future of notebooks?

Liz: The future of notebooks is bright. In this age of technological dependency so many people are looking for ways to reconnect with themselves and others apart from digital devices. Notebooks are a great way for self-expression and even the act of choosing the paper, size and color is a special part of this process. Over the past five years Hyatt’s has had a dramatic increase in the demand for all types of stationary including notebooks, journals and planners as well as inks and pens. We have been surprised with the growth of these lines, but the trend is clear – paper is going to continue to grow.

RD: Why do some people continue to use paper in a digital world?

Liz: Some people continue to use paper in a digital world because it is more intimate. Paper gives both the user and the observer a physical experience that cannot be exhibited through a digital lens. This experience gives more meaning, feeling and intention during the creative process and makes the final expression more sentimental.

RD: How do people “discover” paper and notebooks now that so many stationery and office supply stores have disappeared?

Liz: It is impressive how expansive paper products have become especially with so many stationery and office supply stores disappearing. One of the biggest ways that people discover paper and notebooks is through social media.The fact is people are excited about paper and are spreading the word by showcasing what they have created and explaining why they enjoy that particular brand/type/style. From blog’s, Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram, information on paper is readily available and easily shared keeping people in the know about notebooks, journals, sketchbooks and more.

RD: Any additional comments or observations that you would like to add?

Liz: We love the Rhodia brand and want to share some of our favorite notebooks that are used by Hyatt’s staff members. Among the most popular are the large meeting notebooks and the four color wire bound books for organizing and taking notes. The small classic pads are great for traveling and we love using them to jot down details during trade shows. Last but not least the blank Webnotebooks and Rhodiarama journals with their durable covers and elastic closures are used by many staff members as sketchbooks.

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