One of Durham’s most beloved institutions, Parker & Otis, is planting a permanent flag at American Tobacco Campus after participating in the historic district’s PopUp series back in August 2019. 

As an extension of the popular retail shop within Parker & Otis’ famed restaurant, Parker Paper Co. will focus on those items dedicated to the tactile experience of putting pen (or pencil) to paper as well as gifts and grab and go sandwiches from the acclaimed restaurant’s beloved menu. They will also offer craft beer and wine to continue the tradition of Parker & Otis’ extensive and curated stock.

“I am so excited and grateful for the opportunity to open our shop at American Tobacco,” says Jennings Brody, owner, Parker Paper Co. and Parker & Otis. “What a lovely place to work!”

Parker Paper Co. extends Parker & Otis’ retail offerings alongside sister stores Tiny and Chet Miller. The shop will be located in the Diamond View III building along Blackwell Street.

The shop also continues a new tradition of high performing PopUps opening permanent retail presences. Parker Paper Co. will join ATC’s expanded retail and restaurant offerings that includes fellow PopUp alum Boricua Soul which opened in fall 2019. This week, American Tobacco also launched a new website and brand identity for 2020 designed to showcase the history and legacy of the campus while also setting the stage for new announcements to come in this new decade. 

“Parker Paper Co. and Boricua Soul are great examples of the trajectory we see American Tobacco taking in 2020 and beyond,” says Adam Klein, strategist, Capitol Broadcasting Company. “I’ve had the privilege of knowing Jennings for a while and she’s one the best retailers in the Southeast. We couldn’t be more excited to have her sharing her knack for amazing stationary, gifts and food with ATC and beyond.’”

Parker Paper Co. will operate in 359 Blackwell Street in 625 sf of retail space. The shop will open in March 2020 with specific hours to be announced. 

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Katelyn Belch
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