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For more than 20 years, The Paper Place has been a Green Hills destination for invitations, stationery and paper goods.
Inside this Bandywood Drive gem you’ll find the store stocked with notebooks in all colors and sizes, greeting cards for every occasion and little surprises that make good gifts for friends and family.
At its core, The Paper Place is most known for its custom invitations made for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, birth announcements and other life events. Owner Sue Valenti, along with visual artist Jess Foley and graphics artist Katie Vincent, keep the store open six days a week.
And don’t forget say hello to Annie, the shop dog, while you’re there.
Q&A with Sue Valenti
How did you get started in the paper business?
The Paper Place has been here for 23 years, and I’ve owned it for 21 of them. I’m self-taught because at the time I didn’t know anything about running a paper store. But it fit me, and I’ve grown to love it. I’ve always loved paper and what people can do with it. The way things come together with such whimsy here is fascinating to me.
For custom invitations, when should customers put in an order?
There are standard rules to know when it comes to invitations. It’s not uncommon for a Save the Date to be sent out eight months in advance. So invitations should be one of the first things you plan after choosing a date. For us, some of the usual time frames are August for Christmas cards and December for summer weddings.
What should people know about your invitations?
We’re fortunate to have customers who value the creativity that goes into making the invitation, whether it be for a wedding, a party or something else. And what our artists can do to help bring that to life is amazing. We also make [invitations] for the Hunt Ball and Symphony Ball, which are both fun do.
Dylan Skye Aycock is a Nashville-based journalist and photographer. As a reporter for Rover, Aycock follows transportation, housing and retail trends, as well as other hyperlocal and city-wide issues that affect residents in Green Hills and Belle Meade.
She previously contributed written and visual content to The Murfreesboro Pulse, American Songwriter Magazine and The Tennessean. Aycock earned a journalism degree from Middle Tennessee State University, where she honed her craft as editor-in-chief of Sidelines, the university's student-run publication. When she's not out on assignment or live-tweeting city council meetings, you can find her discovering new local spots or catching a show at one of Nashville's many music venues.