I am heading to Boston to go to a food conference in September and I am hoping (fingers tightly crossed) that I can find time to check out Black Ink. Read on to find out why!
Name: Susan Corcoran
Website/Shops: Black Ink and the Museum of Useful Things
Tell me a little bit about your stores and how you decided to open them.
Black Ink originally opened in 1994 selling a large stamp collection and a few accessories, we now sell a large collection of personal accessories, gifts and cards and a few stamps. Black ink is my favorite color to stamp with, hence the name. Our original store is the Charles Street location, under 500 square feet and packed with goods, it's a sentimental favorite. Our Harvard Square location opened in 2001 and is twice the size with a slightly different collection of goods and a lot more space to play with and merchandise.
What is your shop known for?
Both Black Ink stores are known for their eclectic and idiosyncratic products and merchandising. Laura Sabolefski and I do the buying and she blends it all together beautifully in the stores. We have new merchandise arriving constantly and look for the unexpected yet functional pieces. Our cross-merchandising is the real essence, it's done with a sense of balance and humor.
What do you hope customers experience by stopping by?
Many of our customers stop by frequently to see what's new (and to pet our store dog, Toby.)
How is Black Ink connect with MUT?
The Museum of Useful Things grew out of my search for truly functional yet beautiful products, which is as hard as it sounds. While theMUT was once a brick and mortar store, we have reverted to the website only, which gives us a much wider audience.
Do you have a favorite product in your shop right now?
My favorite product is usually what's newest, and that is subject to change day to day. We all have our favorite classic Black Ink product, mine is probably the Super Clip, it's truly beautiful and is something I enjoy using. That's the essence of Black Ink.
What are some things you have coming up at the store this fall?
We're just back from New York, and found some amazing new stuff for Fall and Holiday. One of Laura and I's favorites was the Japanese stress-reducing bread slices! Also some twisted new products from the classic French doll manufacturer, Petit Collin.