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Best Personal Paper Art Shop: Staff Pick

Best Personal Paper Art Shop

The husband-and-wife team behind Over-the-Rhine’s MiCA 12/v, Carolyn and Mike Deininger, opened a sister store specializing in all things paper this past summer. Paper Wings — located a few storefronts down on Vine Street — offers an expanded selection of paper items including journals, sketchbooks, notebooks and cards as well as wrapping paper. It’s products they’ve seen an increased demand for at MiCA but didn’t necessarily have the space to devote to, so they just opened a new spot. In addition to selling paper products, Carolyn’s fine arts background inspired the introduction of Paper Wings’ second major aspect: a gallery. Making up just under half of the shop’s interior, the gallery features rotating shows by local artists working on or with paper. Media ranges from photography to charcoal drawings. Though a business dedicated to paper in the digital age may seem counterintuitive, Carolyn says Paper Wings offers a refreshing change from the barrage of emails, texts and screens we’re exposed to daily. “I think it’s just a natural response to want to slow down a little and send something more personal, to take some time and really think about what you’re doing,” she says. “I think that’s what can make (Paper Wings) successful is creating something that reminds people of the positives and how good it feels to take time and do something more personal and more meaningful.” Paper Wings, 1207 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, shoppaperwings.com.