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Boutique Bookshop Opens in Creative Quarter – welcome to Ideas on Paper

Boutique Bookshop Opens in Creative Quarter – welcome to Ideas on Paper

A brand new independent book shop is now open in Nottingham’s Creative Quarter.

Ideas on Paper, based in the Terraces at Cobden Chambers, offers an interesting mix of magazines, journals and books as well as stationary.

Owner Alex Smith, from Nottingham, has created a unique shop where customers can escape from their busy lives and leaf through great coffee table material.

Alex has a wealth of high end retail experience having trained at Harrods and worked at Harvey Nichols and Selfridges. From this training and visits to European cities, Alex became inspired and decided to open a store back in his home town, aware of Nottingham’s reputation for nurturing creative and independent businesses and retailers. His aim was to offer a large collectible selection of magazines, journals, and books for sale in an environment that would inspire.

Talking about his love of all things printed Alex says: “The world of independent magazines is flourishing and I wanted to bring this alive in Nottingham. Bringing inspiration to local creatives, students and businesses, supplying a carefully curated selection of visual and literary content that otherwise they may not have discovered. Being based in Cobden Chambers in the Creative Quarter is a great opportunity for me; I am surrounded by other imaginative retailers in a truly incredible space and can add to the amazing local retail offer.”

The new store has just opened and when customers visit they will see that it is packed with independent titles on fashion, art, culture, design, business, economics, food, wine and travel. All this is complemented by a range of stationery – literally enabling you to get your ideas on paper. Alex hopes his customers will be inspired to develop new ideas of their own and the layout of the store makes it easy to browse the titles and relax, read and have a coffee before visiting adjacent creative stores.


Kathy McArdle, Chief Executive Officer from The Creative Quarter Company added: “The opening of Ideas on Paper is testament to the thriving independent retail scene in Nottingham. Alex typifies the essence of the Creative Quarter by offering something new to residents and visitors.”

Cobden Chambers is located in the city centre just off Pelham Street. It has a fascinating creative history, previously used as a photographer’s studio in the 1800s and as a base for the Nottingham Society of Artists from 1895 to 1912. In the 1970s it was the editing house for Platform, a monthly arts magazine for the midlands.

The Terraces at Cobden Chambers are now fully refurbished and home to a mix of new and independent businesses. Cobden Place, which is also part of Cobden Chambers is due to open this summer and will be an independent department store for designers and makers.