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The Ink Pad

37 Seventh Ave., New York, NY 10011 40.737 -74.000
at 13th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-463-9876 Send to Phone

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  • Price Range: ($$) Mid-Range
  • Type: Specialty Shop
Photo by Konstantin Sergeyev

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Official Website

theinkpadnyc.com

Hours

Mon-Sat, 11am-7pm; Sun, noon-6pm

Nearby Subway Stops

1, 2, 3 at 14th St.

Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Profile

Even the most jaded, black-clad New Yorker may have a difficult time resisting this small shop devoted to decoration; specifically, the art of stamping. True to its name, the store offers a wide assortment of inks, including iridescents and metallics, but the main draw is the more than 10,000 stamps, not of the functional due-date variety but smooth wooden blocks with raised red rubber on one side and corresponding images of dragonflies or Gorey sylphs on the other. From browsing the shop's array of stencils, stickers, and fancy-edge scissors, however, it's apparent that there's more to the stamping game than rubber and ink. Kits, magazines and videos furnish customers with elaborate ideas and techniques for whipping up handmade greeting cards or customized scrapbooks, and classes and free demonstrations, held in the store or at the Westbeth Community Center on Bethune St., provide hands-on opportunities to create delicate cut-paper borders or embellish with gold leaf. In a cheery jumble, spools of checked and polka dotted ribbon-by-the-yard hang from the ceiling, while colorful craft supplies crowd every shelf and countertop throughout the bright front room and cubby-like back alcove. The owner's mother, a retired New York City art teacher, must be very pleased.

Sales

Monthly coupons, available through the store's Website, offer freebies and discounts with purchases.

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