Monday, December 23, 2013

Last Minute Gift Ideas!

We are open Christmas Eve 9am - 5pm!!

Looking for last minute gift ideas? We have some great deals on ready-to-go kits and more for all  your friends and family. We are open on Christmas Eve too!

Did you know we also have ARCH Gift Cards?

Thanks for shopping local this holiday season!

The Speedball Ultimate FABRIC & PAPER Printing Kit - On Sale for $41.99 (list price $69.99). Also, the Speedball Block Printing Ink set  - On Sale for $17.99 (list price $29.99). Sale prices good through 12/31/13

The Liquitex Classic Acrylic Starter Set - On Sale for $38.99 (list price $54.99)

Ravenna Sketch Box Table Easel, Natural Color Only - On Sale for $56.99  (list price $94.99)

Van Gogh 12 Palette Pocket Box Watercolor Set - On Sale for $29.99 (list price $38.60)

House Industries Wood Block sets. Gorgeously designed. Click here for more info!

Monday, December 2, 2013

ARCH is OPEN LATE! December 2nd - December 13th

ARCH is OPEN LATE this week and next week for Finals Week and Holiday Shopping. We'll be open Monday - Friday 9:00 AM-8:00 PM. We have FREE COFFEE and COOKIES!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

20% OFF Black Friday Coupon & Small Business Saturday Deal

Dogpatch Map by artist Jason Polan for Workshop Residence


Come into ARCH on Black Friday, November 29th and mention this blog post to receive 20% OFF a single item*. When you spend $75.00 Friday or Saturday at ARCH, receive a FREE copy of the Potrero Hill/Dogpatch Map made artist Jason Polan for Workshop Residence.

ARCH has teamed up with our neighboring businesses at Collage Gallery, Kate's Closet and Christopher's Books for a Small Business Saturday Receipt Exchange. Make a purchase from ARCH on Saturday and you'll receive discounts off your Small Business Saturday purchases at Collage, Kate's Closet and Christopher's Books. Or, show us your Small Business Saturday proof of purchase from these shops and we'll offer you 10% OFF* your entire purchase that same day.

The entire staff of ARCH wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving! Otto too!


*Both deals exclude sale items, inkjet products and brushes. Other exclusions may apply. 

Monday, November 25, 2013

Friday December 13th: Holiday Trunk Show at ARCH

ARCH will be hosting a Friday the 13th Trunk Show on Friday, December 13th from 6-8PM featuring jewelry designs by Tai Ludnay, and accessories and gifts by Fluffy Co. and Calliope. We will be providing wine and light snacks as well. Come shop ARCH for unique stocking-stuffers and holiday gifts from our featured local Bay Area artisans.

ARCH thanks you for supporting local artists and businesses this holiday season.  ARCH has a great selection of holiday cards, gift wrap, and supplies for creating great DIY gifts. We hope to see you for all of your holiday needs.

Saturday December 7th: Holiday Snail Mail Social

Saturday, December 7th from 1-4PM we are hosting a Snail Mail Social with our friends Annie Yu and Carolee Wheeler. We'll have vintage typewriters, custom stationery and all sorts of embellishments to encourage you to get out from behind the computer screen and send a letter. Mail your family a holiday note, or type up your naughty and nice list.

Bring the kids and they can write a letter to Santa. We will be hosting calligraphy artist Sarah Hanna from whom you can purchase a beautiful, personalized, hand-written Santa response that will be mailed to your home or available here for pick up at Arch! Look at the beautiful letter Otto received from Santa last year!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Halloween Gifts and Supplies

ARCH is ready for Halloween and Dia De Los Muertos...are you? We have a great assortment of Halloween gifts and supplies to make great masks, costumes and props. Have an idea that you need help executing? Come by and pick our brains!

ARCH also has face paint sets from Snazaroo for your Dia De Los Muertos makeup. Or bake some spooky sweets with this sugar skull cookie cutter kit. We hope you have a safe and creative Halloween!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Back To School EXTENDED HOURS! Open Until 8PM September 3-5th

It's Back-To-School time again here at ARCH! We will be open until 8PM Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday September 3-5 to help you find everything on your shopping list. We have a large selection of materials you can't find anywhere else, including model-making supplies and we offer a 10% Student and Faculty discount on supplies. ARCH has been serving the San Francisco community for 35 years and is still independently-owned and operated. Thanks for supporting ARCH this school year!


Strathmore SKILLS Series pads are NEW and on sale at 25% OFF. These are an affordable, recycled product meant for practice, practice, practice! A great line of pads for student work and experimentation, they come in Sketch, Drawing, Watercolor, and Mixed Media varieties. We also have select sketchpads, newsprint pads, and 300 Series Strathmore Bristol Pads on sale at 25% OFF.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Thursday August 22nd "Designing Urban Agriculture" Book Signing with April Philips

ARCH will be hosting a book signing with April Philips on Thursday August 22nd at 6PM. April is founder and principal of April Philips Design Works, an award-winning Bay Area firm that specializes in landscape architecture and urban ecology. Her new book, Designing Urban Agriculture is about the intersection of ecology, design, and community. Showcasing projects and designers from around the world who are forging new paths to the sustainable city through urban agriculture landscapes, it creates a dialogue on the ways to invite food back into the city and pave a path to healthier communities and environments. April Philips was recently interviewed by the Huffington Post about her new book. Click here to read the article.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Le Corbusier "Charette" Stencils at ARCH

ARCH has metal Le Corbusier "Charette" stencils straight from Paris! We have number sets and alphabet sets available in a range of sizes from 10mm to 25mm. These are no longer imported to the US, so ARCH is one of the few places they are available. We will only stock them until they are gone, so hurry and snag them while we still have them. 

This font was designed in the early 20th century by architect Le Corbusier to mark his architectural drawings and was named "Charette" (which is a rustic two-wheeled cart in French) by Letraset in the 1970's when they converted the font to be used in their rub-down letters. The stencils, originally made of zinc are now made with aluminum and are just as beautiful as always.

A lil' ARCH at Little Paper Planes

We are so excited to team up with Kelly from Little Paper Planes. She has introduced a "Mini ARCH" at her store in the Mission and we encourage you to check out the rotating selection of supplies we'll be offering.

Monday, June 17, 2013

18 Month Moleskine Planners Are Here!

ARCH is now fully stocked with 18 Month Weekly Planners from Moleskine in black hard cover and soft cover. We also have the 18 Month Weekly Diary Planners in red hard cover. These are great planners for the academic year, but come and get them soon, they won't last long!

Covering July 2013 to December 2014, the planner leaves space for the week's appointment in horizontal blocks on the left and a lined page for notes and ideas on the right. It also includes 225 adhesive labels to mark important dates and deadlines enclosed in the rear expandable pocket.

The Moleskine 18-Month Red Pocket Hard Cover Weekly Planner features the weekly horizontal format from July 2013 to Dec 2014. In addition, it includes a removable tabbed booklet, and 4 pages of adhesive labels for labeling tabbed sections and other fun uses.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Saturday June 15th FREE Rubber Stamp Father's Day Card Workshop

Bring the kids by ARCH the day before Fathers Day to make a card for dear old dad!

We will be hosting printmaker Meagan Lewis of Brown Pigeon brand rubber stamps on Saturday June 15th from 1pm-3pm. Meagan will be bringing many of her custom designed stamps to use in making terrific Father's Day Cards. ARCH will provide everything else you need including cards, labels, stamp pads and more!

Meagan will also have her new book Put Your Stamp On It: Stationery, Aprons, Totes, and More available at a 20% discount here at ARCH on the day of the event.


Shop Local! - Great Fathers Day Gifts at ARCH!

Caryn has put together a great selection of Fathers Day gifts and cards. Here is just a small sampling of what we have on hand. Show your dad and your community some love by shopping local at ARCH this year!

NEW! Fisher Space Pen with Stylus Tip - $25

Chemistry 101 Book with hidden Flask - $16

101 Essential Rock Records from Ginko Press - $40

San Francisco Giants posable figures (Zito, Lincecum, Posey, Pagan, Panda and Romo) - $12 each
Opinel Pocket Knives available in various colors - $20

Swedish Dream Sea Salt Soap - $6.50

Acme Business Card Holders - Verner Panton Chrome Design $44 - Charles & Ray Eames Genuine Leather $27

Bay Area Bike Rides Card Deck - $14.95

Playable Art Cube Desk Toy - $22

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Wood Thumb Pop-Up Shop - Friday and Saturday June 7th and 8th


ARCH is proud to present a Pop-Up Shop from Wood Thumb on Friday and Saturday June 7th and 8th. There will be an in-store reception on Friday from 5-8pm and a Pop-Up Shop on Saturday from 12-5pm. Wood Thumb designs and produces high-quality wooden products including bowties, neckties, clutch purses and even a wooden 6-pack carrier!

"Wood Thumb is a community of entrepreneurs, artists and designers living in San Francisco. We design products that inspire us to interact with the people around us. We aim to get people talking, laughing and sharing ideas. Sharing our values, skills and interests with our neighbors allows us to live rich and rewarding lives."

"All of our products are designed, manufactured and packed in our San Francisco warehouse. Most of our materials come from reclaimed wood sources from around the Bay Area. We love knowing the people we work with both on the job or out at a bar."

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Saturday June 1st: FREE Golden Acrylics Demo with Tesia Blackburn

ARCH will be hosting another FREE Demo of Golden Acrylic Products with Tesia Blackburn on Saturday, June 1 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.    

This lecture packs in a ton of valuable information about acrylics, guiding listeners through the basics while opening up new possibilities. Learn the unique properties of Fluids, Heavy Body, and the OPEN acrylics. Discover Interference and Iridescent paints for unusual effects.

Get a grip on the many gels and mediums and how they can change texture, saturation and intensity of color, used for sculptural effects and more. Check out the amazing new grounds to prepare truly, contemporary surfaces for painting, drawing, pastel, digital printing and mixed media. ARCH carries a large selection of the Golden products that will be featured! Click here to register.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Shop Local - Mother's Day Gift Ideas at ARCH!

Caryn has put together a great selection of Mothers Day gifts and cards. Here is just a small sampling of what we have on hand. Show your mom and your community some love by shopping local at ARCH this year!

The Designer Says from Princeton Architectural Press - $14.95

Clutch from Calliope (Local Artist!) - $32

Picture Frame - $29

From My Garden by Clare Rojas - 16 Assorted Note Cards and Envelopes - $14.95

The Art of Clean Up by Ursus Wehrli - $14.95

Journals from Chronicle Books - $9.95

Monday, May 6, 2013

Shasta Garcia Brings Her Wrapping Skills to ARCH! Local Designer Pop-Up Shop!

ARCH is proud to present the third participant in our Pop-Up Shop Series, Shasta Garcia of the popular blog Shastablasta Wraps Presents Well. Shasta Garcia is a local graphic designer who specializes in unique gift wrapping and crafts and was recently a finalist in the 2012 Scotch Most Gifted Wrapper Contest in New York City.


Friday May 10th from 5-7pm, Shasta will be selling her handcrafted amusements for cats and humans. Come check out her latest creations at the reception for this pop-up event. She will be debuting a couple of letterpress projects and some paper goods created just for this weekend event.

Shasta's pop-up will continue Saturday May 11th from 12-5pm. If you're all thumbs when wrapping, she'll be available to show you the basics, tying an elegant bow, or making a quick fanciful gift topper. If you want your Mother's Day gift wrapped you can work with her to pick out some wrapping supplies from Arch and have her wrap it up. Free supplies will also be available to make a personalized gift tag.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Snail Mail Social - Friday, May 3rd 5 - 8pm

ARCH will be hosting another Snail Mail Social on May 3rd from 5-8 PM. The event will be hosted by our good friends Carolee Wheeler and Annie Yu.

We'll have vintage typewriters, custom stationery and all sorts of embellishments to encourage you to get out from behind the computer screen and send a letter. If you missed the last one, we hope you'll join us! Click here to see all the fun we had last time!


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Finals Time! - Extended Hours, Model Making Materials and Tools, FREE COFFEE! Presentation and Hanging Supplies, all at ARCH!

It's hard to believe, but finals time has arrived and we are at the ready with the supplies, some inspiration and fuel to keep you going through these late nights.

We'll be extending our store hours throughout the work week beginning Monday April 29th through May 10th. Store hours will be as follows;

Monday thru Friday 9am - 8pm
Saturday 12pm - 5pm
Sunday Closed

We have stocked up on;
  • Basswood
  • Plastic sheets, strips, shapes and tubes
  • Adhesives
  • Wire hangers and rare earth magnets

Did you know we also have work tables, paper trimmers and a wall mounted board cutter for use here in-store?

Shop at ARCH for all your finals needs. Coffee, cookies and a little gentle encouragement are all FREE with purchase.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Christine Marcelino Pop Up Shop - April 19th and 20th

ARCH is proud to present the second designer in our Pop-Up Shop Series, Christine Marcelino of Materials and Process. Christine makes beautiful goods and travel accessories made of soft vegetable tanned leather, tanned from plant based dyes. We are pleased to be presenting her work with an in-store opening reception April 19th from 5-7pm and a pop-up shop Saturday, April 20th from 12-5pm.

Materials + Process // Handmade goods and leather accessories for the modern frontier. Designed and crafted in San Francisco.

M + P is a collection of stories told thru visual narratives and hand made studies. Founded by Christine Marcelino, a San Francisco based industrial designer, M + P started as a penchant for new materials and sustainable processes and has grown into a passion that had to be shared. We aim to cultivate and inspire thought through the art of storytelling and artisanship.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Wooden Blocks from House Industries

House Industries has produced these visually-stunning wooden block sets that will inspire even the youngest generation of graphic designers and typography buffs. Not just for little ones, these make a great addition to any design studio or workspace. ARCH carries these three sets which are all made in the USA from a sustainable wood source and printed with non-toxic inks!

 Neutraface Slab Blocks
  • 12 Wood Alphabet Blocks
  • Blocks 1 3/4" (4.5 cm) square
  • Kit 8" x 6.5" (20 cm x 16.5 cm)
  • Debossed Neutraface Slab Pattern
  • Made in the USA!
  • Replenishable Michigan-grown, kiln-dried basswood.
  • Printed with non-toxic, lead-free child-safe inks.

 PhotoLettering Blocks
  • 12 Wood Alphabet Blocks
  • Blocks 1 3/4" (4.5 cm) square, Kit 11.625" x 4.625" (29.5 cm x 11.5 cm)
  • Made in the USA!
  • Replenishable Michigan-grown, kiln-dried basswood.
  • Printed with non-toxic, lead-free child-safe inks.

Alphabet Factory Blocks
  • 31 pieces
  • Interlocking blocks
  • Printed by hand with non-toxic, lead-free child-safe inks.
  • Special keepsake packaging
  • Made in the USA!
  • Replenishable Michigan-grown, kiln-dried basswood.