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Andrew tells the Paper Papier Story
It all started in the 80's...
In 1982, at the age of 25, Andrew Hay introduced Ottawa to the finest papers, writing instruments and design ideas from around the world. With an extensive history in fine art and an abundance of creative energy, he felt a passion for collecting and displaying together in one exciting retail environment the newest design trends which he imported from New York and London. These were heady times in the retail industry as the more is more attitude of the eighties drove customers to enthusiastically embrace all that glittered, all that was new.
Into the 90's
A New Millenium
With double the floor space, our new location afforded us the ability to expand our inventory selection and to increase our display areas in order to better showcase our product. Drawing inspiration from the grand retail environments of New York and London, we created a shopping experience here in Ottawa that continues to adjust organically to the demands of the customer and to the creative trends of the moment. As radical shifts take place in the retail industry, our response has been to respond to the needs of the customer with an eye to providing outstanding customer service along with a product mix that remains original and relevant.
Interpreting the popular trend of “concept retailing” proved to be a successful road map as Paper Papier moved through its third decade in business. Our floral division, Fleurissant, was launched in 2014 and has been enthusiastically received by our customers. Using fresh flowers imported twice weekly from Holland, Tamiko Yamane continues to create celebrated floral creations for local hotels, restaurants and individuals.
The twenty-twenties and onward
As the global pandemic, COVID-19, cast its shadow across the planet, independent retail business were united in the challenge to remain relevant and to navigate the rapidly evolving demands of our valued customers. It has been our intention to meet these demands while recognizing an opportunity to redefine our daily working patterns.
Our brick-and-mortar location at 18 Clarence Street in Ottawa remains the hub of the business as we continue to open our doors each morning while entering our fifth decade in business. We look forward to welcoming you.