Stationery store opening downtown

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Kayla Benda, left, and Alex Benda. Courtesy Oh, Hello Paper & Gifts

A stationery and gift shop is coming to downtown.

Oh, Hello Co. will celebrate the grand opening of its new location at 40 Monroe Center St. NW, Grand Rapids. The celebration will take place from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020.

The Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority approved a grant application from Oh Hello Co. owners and husband-and-wife team Alex and Kayla Benda. The two have been working exclusively online for the past five years prior to opening their first physical location.

“We are so excited to be moving into the retail space,” said Kayla Benda. “We’ve spent months carefully curating all of the items we will be carrying in our store, and are proud to be sharing them with the community. We want to be a hub for both Grand Rapidians and visitors to come and find items that suit all tastes.”

The grand opening celebration will feature light refreshments and hors d'oeuvres from local vendors, casual networking and an exclusive first look at many of the items in the store.

Oh, Hello Co. Paper & Gifts features a wide variety of items in the store, including Grand Rapids-themed items, cards and gifts. The store also can customize many items with an on-site laser cutter.

“This has been such a labor of love for us,” Alex Benda said. “Beyond just the items we are selling in the store, we will be hosting many classes and trainings in our space, from painting classes to start-up workshops. This is more than a store; it’s a community space.”

The owners are investing $25,000 into a build-out of the space and were approved for approximately $21,000 in DDA retail grant funds to help offset a portion of lease fees, according to a previous Business Journal report.

Kayla and Alex Benda started Oh, Hello Co. in 2014. The Bendas also have created their own line of customized travelers’ notebooks and home goods.

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