Photograph by Darrow Montgomery
Unlike some more corporate-facing art stores, Artist & Craftsman Supply actually seems like it’s meant for artists. Rather than boring linoleum and fluorescent lights, the walls and concrete floors are splattered with colorful paint, and the hand-painted signs in the windows are refreshed frequently. In addition to a vast selection of the higher-end supplies a fussy artist requires, they have a variety of craft supplies and kids’ art kits, as well as stationery and other fun trinkets. Artist & Craftsman Supply is always accepting pieces from local artists to display, and they’ve recently dedicated a wall to a featured artist of the month. The chain is 100% employee owned, giving the staff not only stock options but input into how the store is operated, and most employees are artists themselves.