Visiting Handworks Nouveau Paperie in Brighton is like stepping into a wonderland for the senses.
Delicious aromas from the range of boutique Glasshouse Fragrances candles fill one’s nostrils, while the bright colours of the merchandise entice shoppers inside.
A vast range of greeting cards are showcased across 11.5m of walling near the entrance, featuring avant-garde inclusions such as wooden ‘timerbergram’ postcards.
It is easy to lose track of time inside Handworks Nouveau Paperie, with such an en eclectic mix of goodies on display.
Originally a Prahran-based boutique paper and stationery store, the owners have diversified the product range at their new Church St shop.
From quirky coffee table books, compasses, and board games, to inspirational affirmation cards, tattoos, and cacti, there really is something for everyone.
The store is open from 9.30am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday, and 11am to 4pm on Sundays.
Husband-and-wife team Conan and Helen Lang set up shop on Chapel St a decade ago, and in June they opened a second store in Church St, Brighton.
Mr Lang said cards were their biggest seller – with 800 going out the door of their store each week.
Far from the Hallmark variety, many of the greeting cards in Handworks Nouveau Paperie have stories as interesting as their designs.
The Langs are passionate about what they do, and regularly travel the globe hunting for unique merchandise for their stores.
In May, they head to New York for the National Stationery Show.
“We buy cards from a woman out of Chicago, for example, and she basically just designs them at home, and they’re very good,” Mr Lang said.
“Some of the best graphics for cards and stationery come out of America.
“The idea is to import our own cards and stationery, so it’s more unique and… you can only find it with us.”
Aside from their popular card collection, Mr Lang said the colouring books for mindfulness were all the rage at the moment.
He said the books, which are considered anti-stress art therapy for adults, were a thoughtful Christmas present idea.
“The phenomenon is so big now that there is a worldwide shortage for colouring pencils,” he said.
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80 Church St, Brighton
Phone: (03) 9533 8566