Best of Boston

2003 Best Art Supplies

The Art Store

Other art stores have handbaskets. This huge emporium has big shopping carts perfect for navigating the wide, immaculate, organized aisles. Start by perusing the rows of pens, pencils, and paints before moving on to the walls of sketchpads and rolls of canvas. The Art Store has all the standard fare, and then some—Kolo albums, handmade stationery, a wide array of journals. And in case aspiring artists need more help than the friendly sales staff can give, there’s a selection of how-to books and in-store demonstrations every weekend that will have you creating mosaic candleholders or embossed letterhead in no time.

Landmark Center, 401 Park Dr., Boston, 617-247-3322,