Weddings. Parties. Baby showers. Life is about celebrating the events—both milestone and mundane—that mark the passing of the years. Our celebrations bring together family and friends for an afternoon or evening that usually passes by much too quickly, while creating memories that are truly essential to a life well lived.
Making our memorable celebrations more special is the mission of Brittany O’Brien and her lovely little shop, Spruce Stationery and Design. Brittany has been designing custom wedding invitations and event stationary for years, and last summer decided to extend her passion into her retail space, which is located on Cornwall Avenue in downtown Bellingham, next door to Pure Bliss Desserts.
The shop’s high ceilings, dark blue and creamy white color scheme, and moss-covered chandelier set a dramatic scene—but all is not frilly-fancy and formal here. Not when the brightly colored, polka-dotted and striped party supplies, confetti and wrapping paper share space with vintage-looking cocktail coasters and greeting cards saying, “Aw shucks, that sucks.”
No matter what the occasion, Spruce has you covered—beautifully. Upcoming nuptials? Have a seat at the bar and take a gander at the invitation books, or discuss your ideas with Brittany. Somebody’s birthday? Make a custom banner, with pom poms in their favorite color. Need a gift wrapped? Bring it by and choose from wrapping paper festooned with dogs, prams, macarons or robots. Brittany will take it from there, and you’ll have a professionally wrapped package in no time. In fact, you can buy a special someone a box of macarons from Pure Bliss next door, and then have them gift-wrapped in macaron paper. Cool! (Or not. Brittany probably has much better ideas.)
Spruce’s party supplies, greeting cards and accessories will elevate your celebration from middle-of-the-road to truly memorable. And you can feel good that many of the designs carried in the shop are from independent designers and producers who follow environmentally sustainable practices.
Stop into Spruce before or after enjoying some fine chocolates at Chocolate Necessities or a slice of heaven at Pure Bliss. Pick up that unique card you know you’ll need one day, along with some bright orange, yellow or fuchsia stationary, or a booze bag to carry a bottle of wine to your next gathering with friends. After all, there’s something wonderful about making life’s celebrations more fun, more festive or just more beautiful!