Before the days of Paper Source and Papyrus, I used to love to peruse stationery stores. I’d pore over the pens, note cards, printed wrapping paper for hours. Rare as it seems in this electronic age, Madison has its very own brick and mortar stationery store. In addition to carrying top lines (Crane and Co, Kate Spade, William Arthur, Vera Wang), the bustling staff behind the counter offer custom design and printing. We also discovered Scott Baldwin back there, behind the scenes. A freelance illustrator for over thirty years, he offers his spectacular prints for sale at the shop. Each design is a linoleum cut print, which is then digitally colored and printed in-house. You’ll find a catalog in the store of all his designs and you can have a poster printed up for $23. His custom drawings of boats with matching notecards are a perfect holiday gift. Visit baldwinstudio.us for examples. At Two Ems, among the letterpress invitations, Cross pens and sealing wax stamps, you might just feel compelled to write a letter.