Happy ArtPrize

ArtPrize is an important time here at 6.25 Paper. Not only is it a an awesome energy of people, artwork, conversation, education and connection — it’s also an energy of people that should be the norm during any given season in our lovely downtown. It’s exciting to imagine what the city would be like if the suburbs visited our core more often, discovered what’s new and destined to their local shops, restaurants and museums… ArtPrize gives us business owners that experience.

ArtPrize also marks 6.25’s anniversary! This year we grow into our terrible two’s – which means it’s about time we made a ruckus, right? I think we’ll remain pretty easy-going, but there are some exciting changes on the horizon. Stay tuned for some big news to celebrate next month!!

For now, enjoy the artwork, meet new people, engage in the downtown energy — and don’t forget to come back and see us. We’re here year-round:)

**We want you to come back so bad, that we’re giving you THREE coupons with every purchase for the next 3 weeks!!**

ArtPrize artist selected!

It official, Shannon Bauerschmidt is our ArtPrize artist for 2012!
Her amazing work incorporates hand-dyed, hand-made paper, and she is planning a piece for our windows. I can’t wait to share the progress of this piece and see it in the store!!

Shannon will be the only artist that we host and I am honored that she has chosen our location to share her lovely work! Thank you, Shannon!

One more day to vote

Downtown Grand Rapids, with the kickoff of Holly Jolly GR, is still boasting with some very lovely holiday window displays! If you haven’t had a chance to visit and see them, please make a trip down – evenings are the best time to view the windows.

For our window, we had the help of Grand Rapids artist & painter, Elizabeth Mayville. She came up with the idea of making paper ornaments, found a pattern, and covered herself with glitter during the process. The final display consists of 50 of these paper ornaments, along with our naughty elf cards and it all really lights up at night!

She found the idea for these holiday ornaments on the blog, shelterness. We were able to use all scrap paper from custom orders to make the ornaments, then we added glitter for more vibrancy.If you would like to vote, you only have till tomorrow at 6pm (Dec. 13th), but there’s still time! You can vote here.

Holly Jolly GR

Once again, things just seem to happen at just the right time for my little retail biz. This year is the first year for Holly Jolly GR, a downtown holiday shopping event helping to promote local downtown businesses like myself!

The event kicks off at Rosa Parks tomorrow night at 5pm with a choir welcoming the guest of honor, Santa himself. The GRAM tree is lit soon after and everyone is encouraged to check out all the window displays. Forty-seven retailers and vacant storefronts downtown are competing in a window display competition where the public votes (much like artprize without the “top ten”). Click here for info on how to vote.

6.25 Paper will be celebrating this fun, new event with some super duper specials on holiday cards, ribbon, tags, bags and wrapping paper. Follow me on twitter or facebook to see what these specials will be tomorrow! We’ve also teamed up with local artist and painter, Elizabeth B. Mayville, to create our window display (made of paper scraps, packing peanuts and TONS of glitter). Photos coming!

Also very exciting, we have teamed up with the UICA to give shoppers a special gift when they spend $100 or more at the Holiday Artists Market. The market presents all local artists and it’s one of my favorite places to shop each year! If you spend at least $100, you’ll get a coupon for a free stationery set from me or a free porcelain ornament from Vue Design (one of my awesome neighbors)! The Market is Friday, Dec. 2nd, 5pm-9pm and Sat., Dec. 3rd, 10am-9pm.

Links:
Holly Jolly GR website
HJGR Facebook Event Page