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Best Place to Buy Art Supplies

Northwest Graphic Supply Co.

Holding down its corner of East Lake since the street was all massage parlors and used car dealerships, Northwest Graphic is a chic mainstay in a quiet, residential neighborhood. Specializing in screen-printing materials and operating a full-service workshop in the back, they also carry the standard assortment of art supplies, from pens and paper to paints and canvases. The store windows along Lake Street serve as a permanent public exhibition space for local show posters that have come out of the shop over the past 20 years, with enough depth and variety that it practically counts as a museum. As for matters of aesthetic taste, you know you’re in good hands with the Northwest Graphics: They have, hands-down, one of the best hand-painted exterior signs in the city. They’re not open on weekends, but everyone knows that the truly elite artist plans ahead.
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