Folio press & paperie
In the late 1990s, Frank and Marlene Bucy rescued a 1924 Chandler & Price leg-powered letterpress from The Apple Valley Press. Frank, a graphic designer, print-maker, pre-press and type specialist by profession, taught himself to operate this press in their garage. Initially he designed and printed lino-cuts and hand-set type creations. Marlene was a piano teacher.
Purchasing wootton printing
In 2006 the couple purchased Santa Barbara’s longest operating printing company, Wootton Printing est. 1928. The U.S. post office approached them and asked if they’d be interested in operating a postal substation on-site. Using the space in front of the press room Marlene began stocking gifts and stationery products in the store. Thus the original business folio paper press post was born. Located near Hope Ranch, the postal station provided
instant customers for the new store.
doing the work
Wootton printing provided a 1958 Heidelberg Platen Press (with a motor!) and an off-set press, and Frank continued to hone his skills. During this time he also purchased a great amount of both lead and wood type, as old print shops closed, and now has an impressive selection of both.
In 2013 Frank found an amazing location three blocks from the beach in downtown Santa Barbara. After an extensive remodel, the couple opened downtown as folio press & paperie (without the post office). Frank began printing on paper scraps he had saved from other print projects and selling these up-cycled “tails” notecards in the store.
In January 2017, with the help of a small vibrant team, folio press & paperie launched a letterpress card line now found in hundreds of stores.
Today, the custom design and print studio, wholesale line and retail store exist happily under one roof. In addition to featuring the folio line, the store has an extensive selection of cards (many letterpress) produced by other small print studios, a fine selection of European stationery, journals, fountain pens, pencils, wax seals, books, jewelry, accessories, seasonal items, children’s items...
something perfect for almost everyone from ages 0 to 100.
With complimentary gift wrapping and amazing cards and gifts,
folio is a one-stop shop for all your giving needs.