Bison Bookbinding and Letterpress moves, expands retail hours

After more than a decade of cranking out cards, stationery and notebooks for a wholesale market, Bison Bookbinding and Letterpress is opening in a new location with more retail space in downtown Bellingham.

The company is opening at 112 Grand Ave., the former home of Little Tiger Toys, on Oct. 2. Owners Carly James and Kevin Nelson will show off the new location at a grand opening celebration from 6-10 p.m. The event includes letterpress demonstrations, a studio tour and hands-on displays.

The 3,200-square-foot space has a retail storefront and production space with antique letterpresses, which James calls the heart of the business.

Bison moved from 205 E. Chestnut St., where it had a limited retail selection and was only open one day a week.

“We were getting a lot of love and a lot of encouragement from customers to keep it open longer,” Carly James said. “We’re mainly a wholesale business. We’re hoping this new space will help the retail side grow.”

Bison now carries products from 30 vendors. Before the move, James and Nelson mostly sold their own products in the storefront, James said.

The move also simplifies things for the business; they used to print in a separate space from the retail shop and now all aspects of the business are under the same roof, James said.

After Oct. 2, Bison will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Carly James and Kevin Nelson, owners of Bison Bookbinding and Letterpress, which is moving to 112 Grand Ave., on Oct. 2. [Oliver Lazenby photo | The BBJ]
Carly James and Kevin Nelson, owners of Bison Bookbinding and Letterpress. The store and print shop is moving to 112 Grand Ave. on Oct. 2. [Oliver Lazenby photo | The BBJ]

Read more: The Bellingham Business Journal profiled Bison Bookbinding and Letterpress in September 2009.


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