Bob Slate Stationer
Three locations in Cambridge, MA. 63 Church Street is photographed.
I have been meaning to put up this post for seven months. I just realized it is possibly very urgent. Perusing the Bob Slate company website, I learned that one of my very favorite Boston haunts is up for sale. After 75 years of operation, Bob’s sons are ready to do something new. That spells “threatened” to me. I hope this little post attracts a worthy buyer, or at least a whole lot more loyal fans to keep the business as vibrant as it is today.
When I was about to leave Dublin I wrote a piece about how much I would miss the quirky, crazy nature of some of the Dublin shops. They hadn’t been sanitized and streamlined by any bloodless MBA’s back at “HQ.” In Dublin, “HQ” was just the owner or perhaps a team of people, including buyers who could pursue an instinct for quality, or a personal fancy for a new product. (I’ll put up that post next–since I never put it online before.) Bob Slate reminds me of a Dublin stationer I loved. You can go in looking for some odd gummed paper hole reinforcer and realize there are six varieties of something like that, probably produced by an old-line company. It’s just so darned satisfying…that thrill of both the hunt and the discovery.
But Bob Slate is also totally reliable for every pen, paper, notebook, stationery, art supply, thank-you card, ink, and printing need one might have.
So, pay a visit to one of the three locations. Two are in Harvard Square. Pass the word….someone needs to keep this local treasure alive and prospering for the next 75 years.