Pulp & Stem to Open May 1 in the Grand Rapids Downtown Market

Posted on April 27, 2018 by Downtown Market

The Grand Rapids Downtown Market today announced the opening of a new card, gift and floral shop inside the Market Hall. Pulp & Stem, from the owner of The Paper Studio on Monroe Center, will open Tuesday, May 1, featuring cards and stationery, floral arrangements, kitchen items, garden items, potted plants, barware and more.

Pulp & Stem is a new venture for owner Abbey Fowler, who opened 6.25 Paper Studio inside MoDiv in 2011, and expanded to her own space on Monroe Center in 2013. She recently rebranded the shop to The Paper Studio.

“Expanding to another location has always been a goal, and the availability of this space in the Market helped make that goal a reality,” said Fowler. “The shop is a perfect size, and I love the idea of adding a floral component to my existing retail and being in a space with other small and growing businesses.”

Fowler is working with Forrester Farm in Ada, owned by Ann Forrester, for the floral component of the shop. Flowers and plants will be grown at Forrester Farms during the local growing season, and will be a combination of fresh-cut stems, dried flowers and potted herbs, plants and succulents.

“Abbey has an eye for décor, and is excellent at creating a beautiful and welcoming aesthetic like she has at The Paper Studio,” said Mimi Fritz, Downtown Market president and CEO. “Her commitment to creating her own line of cards and growing her businesses using high-quality, local products is the perfect fit for our community of startups.”

Fowler creates a portion of her cards and stationery in-house and works with a community of 10-12 local stationery companies to source most of the rest. She’ll also bring her custom stationery and invitation capabilities to Pulp & Stem, for customers planning weddings and other celebrations. Other products expected in the shop include vases, small home décor items, candles and a bevy of small, unique gifts. The shop will also carry gift bags and simple gift wrapping options to make any of their items into a ready-to-give present.

Work on the space starts tomorrow, and the shop will open on Tuesday, May 1 at 10 a.m.