What inspires you? Is it enjoying fine art? Eating exquisitely prepared food? Hiking in the woods? Watching professional athletes? Reading poetry? Flipping through your desk calendar filled with 365 inspirational quotes?
What about…purchasing office supplies?
If your immediate response is “no,” you might want to think again.
Currently, there is a 208 square foot pop-up store located in the Sugardaddy bakery at the corner of Gay St. and High St. It’s called Robert Mason. It carries stationery and other office accessories. And its owner, Robert (Mason) Grimmett, has made inspiration the very centerpiece of his store.
instance, the story behind the store. Grimmett, now 33, has been embodying the entrepreneurial spirit since he
was 12 years old, selling office
supplies out of his parents’ basement in West Virginia. On a journey that’s taken him from those
humble (yet incredible) beginnings to opening up his own store as a teenager to
attending art school in Chicago to working for some of the biggest names in retail
(including Abercrobmie & Fitch and Bath and Body Works), Grimmett has the
sort of experience and entrepreneurial vision that you’d be hard pressed to
find in ten people put together.
has more than an inspiring story. He
also has created an inspiring space, and an inspiring business plan to boot.
Grimmett currently has plans to open up a larger retail store in the Discovery
District near the end of 2013 or beginning of 2014, this doesn’t mean that he’s
squandered any attention to detail in his admittedly tiny pop-up store. The music that plays through the store is
carefully selected by the company’s proprietary deejay. The space has a vintage sensibility, with a
design that is intimate, elegant, and, well, cool. The Robert Mason
Company even has its own signature scent (called Vintage #1).