Best Stationery Stores In Washington DC

January 29, 2013 8:00 AM

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Although innovative technology and saving the environment have become a phenomenon in recent years, there’s something special about a handwritten note. It’s easy to shoot someone a text or write on their Facebook wall, but letters are more meaningful. Everyone likes to receive a stampled envelope in the mailbox. These local shops specialize in exquisite stationery products and will prove that snail mail is not a thing of the past. 

Just Paper & Tea
3232 P St. NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-9141

With a quaint historic Georgetown storefront, Just Paper & Tea serves DC as a premier paper source. Stop in for a free consultation and run down on featured stationery services: letterpress, engraving, foil stamping, blind embossing and thermography. Just Paper & Tea proudly brings fresh designs and brands to the area. Common collections sold are William Arrthur, Crane & Co. and Bell’Invito. The Washingtonian named Just Paper & Tea best wedding vendor of 2012. 
Letterpress Light
3711 Macomb St. NW, Suite 4
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 652-1556

Letterpress Light is a destination retailer for all things hand printed. Each piece of stationery is made individually. Letterpress Light uses Compression Plate Process technology. The Knot, a highly established and reputable website for weddings, included Letterpress Light in its best of weddings 2011 list. For pricing options, visit the store’s website and utilize the convenient calculator that will quote a price based on size and quantity. Buyers beware: Letterpress Light only offers chic white and off white paper. Call to schedule an appointment with the paper professionals to ensure your order is exactly what you want.

The Dandelion Patch
1663 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-8803

The Dandelion Patch is definitely the place to be for quality stationery. From personalized stationery to corporate or children’s stationery, the shop offers almost any style imaginable. Personalizing add-ons available include letterpress, engraving, monogramming and thermography. With the choice of customizing your very own stationery, shoppers may watch their vision come to life. A large portion of each Dandelion Patch is devoted to stationery, and professionals are on site to aid in the decision-making process, which can prove extensive with hundreds of fonts, colors and card choices. It offers binders full of premade stationery for creative ideas. The Dandelion Patch also features a selection of greeting cards and invitations. Many wedding planners in the D.C. area are known to use The Dandelion Patch for all of their wedding necessities, such as save the dates, invitations and thank yous. Shop five locations: Georgetown, National Harbor, Reston Town Center, Vienna and the Village at Leesburg.

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The Papery
2871 Clarendon Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 875-0390

The Papery, located in Clarendon in north Arlington, is fairly new to the D.C. area. The unique gift shop carries a variety of stationery and handmade cards. Shop a large number of pre-boxed sets, but The Papery also provides exclusive printing for men, women and children. Associates are happy to assist in answering any questions. An average personalized order takes two weeks for production.
The Preppy Pink Pony
1355 Chain Bridge Road
McLean, VA 22102
(703) 556-3237

Virginia Kennedy, the talented owner behind The Preppy Pink Pony, has certainly brought prep to Northern Virginia. The hip boutique also sells stamps and embossers so your letter is mailed in style, on the inside and out. The PPP sells Haute Papier stationery, a D.C. couture stationery line that has received much buzz in the press, locally and nationwide.

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Kelly Johnston is a freelance writer living in D.C. She graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Fashion Retail and Merchandising and a minor in Journalism. Her work can be found at

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