The idea for Art & Office began in 2004 with the shop opening at 61 High Street Princes Risborough in August of that year. Inspiring creativity, especially in young people and students, was and is a driving force. Over the first five years the business established itself as a local destination for artist materials and quality stationery. We ran several art competitions for children and held an Art Showcase at the Church Hall, inviting local artists to display their skills and encouraging children to see all the different aspects of art.
In 2009 the shop moved premises to 14 High Street, a larger shop in a good position. Over the years the shop specialised more in educational materials and student art. We continued with art competitions and supporting local art and community events. Our Saturday staff were always art students and we used their creative skills for window display.
The shop became well recognised by suppliers. In 2013 Art & Office became Ambassadors for STABILO and in 2014 the shop won the Integra Aspire award for achievement.
We have been very fortunate to have had brilliant part-time sales staff over the years – Sue, Carol, Alex, Sophie, Fiona, Katharine, Verena, Cherie, Louise, Charlotte, Caroline, Joe and Martha Bixley. A special mention for Valerie who has been a strong force and a wonderful support. Customers have always praised our staff for their helpfulness and smiling faces. The Barnes family – Helen, Helen’s late Mum Pam, Martha (seen above age 12) and latterly (responsible largely for this website happening) Jonny.
We all recognise how challenging the High Street has become, especially since 2020 when shops had to close their doors and many people were compelled to purchase online. So after 17 years and after considering the options, we decided to move the business entirely online. We wish to maintain the high level of service we have been proud of and believe we can showcase the best products on our website while still being able to advise our customers when needed.