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Monday, November 23, 2009

Dots 'N Doodles: Astoria needed this!

Dots 'N Doodles Art Supply Store, Astoria, Oregon Wedged in between two very left-brain establishments is one very right-brain shop. Can you tell which one I'm talking about? It's no longer a brand new business, but it is one of Astoria's newcomers, and it's very popular among the local artists. Astoria is visibly an artistic community with quite a large number of galleries for a town so small.

When I arrived in 2001, there were plenty of artists in Astoria, but no art supply store. I had to drive miles and miles to buy any supplies that could not be found at the stationery store. People told me that for some reason the art supply stores would come and go, never quite able to sustain themselves.

But Dots 'N Doodles seems to be doing very well. The proprietors breezed into town one day with supplies and ideas galore - and obviously a few cans of yellow and red paint. The operation took off. They sell both hard-to-find and easy-to-find supplies, hold interesting classes, and have become a destination for creative people up and down the coast.

I will admit that, despite everything, I have not been inside. I know it's going to be an interesting day for my bank account once I break that barrier. I'll wait until I start painting again. Maybe in 2010? I hope so. At the moment, it's work, work, work for another month or so. 'Tis the season, and the economic climate, too.

7 comments:

cieldequimper said...

That's good news, you will have to indulge yourself next year! New Year resolutions are coming up! I like the left and right brain descriptions! The yellow shop really stands out!

Jacob said...

I like the colors...bold and bright and sure to attract.

You don't think you could go inside the shop and browse without buying anything or maybe just one of two things?

Hmmm...

That's my problem in a camera store! Good luck in 2010. You will let us know how you do, right?

Don and Krise said...

Aw, come on Sheryl. The winter months are the perfect time to indulge in your favorite hobbies. My wife and oldest daughter just picked up some art supplies a week or so ago. Remember, all work and no play......

Small City Scenes said...

Perfect! It's bright and brash and is saying "Come on in" and you better do it. MB

Lee Spangler said...

Nice description. At one time that street was to be the artistic center forthe town. Maybe it will make a revival due these people's efforts.

Vogon Poet said...

I like this kind of shop even if I barely can say a brush from an easel. I hope you'll resume painting soon!

brattcat said...

Here's to a visit to this shop soon and many happy hours spent with paintbrush in hand.

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