OAKHURST – Area shipping and craft supplies business Pak & Page has undergone a change in ownership and announced the transition from previous owner Kathy Kirchmeier to long-time store manager Cheryce Chartier, with her husband Carl Chartier.
Well known to the community as a hub of activity and generous donor to good causes, Pak & Page will continue to offer high quality customer service under new leadership. Cheryce plans a continued emphasis on not only shipping, but also crafts, gifts, accessories, classes and more community events.
Starting Saturday, Feb. 1, Pak & Page will be open Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
“We’re excited and busy planning our classes for the year,” says new owner Cheryce, who has worked at the store for eight years and been manager for the last two.
The next class is offered on Thursday, Feb. 6, when participants will create a valentine plaque using buttons glued into the shape of a heart. The class will be taught by Cheryce and runs from 6 – 9 p.m. for $10. Class schedules are now available online.
Pak & Page originally opened in 2000. Cheryce was hired when Kathy bought the store. Kathy will “still be around for a while,” according to the Chartiers, and those lamenting her departure musn’t feel too badly: Kathy gets to spend lots of time with her family, including a new granddaughter.
Cheryce notes that she’s still grateful to Kathy for hiring her years ago, and very thankful that she and Carl had the opportunity to buy the business. Carl Chartier is an electrician and will continue in the trade with Andrews Electric as he has for about 30 years.
Former Pak & Page regular employee Darlene Sullivan will be back to help out part-time as well, along with Oakhurst resident Marissa Astorga who has been by Cheryce’s side for the transition. It’s a good thing to have the experienced team in place; Pak and Page is a busy shop.
“We offer packing and shipping services, including UPS and FedEx, both ground service and express services. We also offer USPS,” says the new proprietor. “We sell shipping supplies, like bubble wrap, packing peanuts, boxes, and packing tape. We have office supplies such as staplers, staples, receipt books, tape, pens, sharpies, envelopes and other necessities.”
While many regulars go for shipping and office supplies, many others think of Pak & Page as shelves and counters of nearly irresistible arts and crafts supplies.
“We have so much! Some people don’t know we have a fully stocked craft store inside,” explains Cheryce. “We carry beads and jewelry supplies, scrapbooking and paper crafts supplies, adhesives, paints, mosaic supplies, acrylic stamps and ink, embossing supplies and stickers.”
The shop also has baking and candy-making supplies, cardstock, craft scissors, decorative paper punches, yarn, knitting needles and crochet hooks, buttons and “lots of other fun stuff.” It’s also a source for gifts, including scarves, jewelery, and wallets, and features Leanin’ Tree greeting cards.
If they don’t have it, whatever “it” is, Cheryce says they’re always very happy and usually able to order whatever customers need.
“We’re open to suggestions!” And now that they’re open on Saturdays, there’s one more day in the week to stop in and say hello.
Badger Cards from Yosemite High School and Military IDs provide for discounts where applicable.