Goodbye, 7-11. P&P Shipping is here to stay! More than 20 years ago, when Sujit Kumar opened his first business in Greenpoint, he knew this neighborhood supported small businesses like his when neighbors protested the closing of his small but charming convenience store. To make way for a new 7-11, the landlord did not renew his lease in the location at 883 Manhattan Ave. Now it’s just another empty storefront while Sujit has two successful and locally-loved businesses in Greenpoint.
“The big chains don’t do as well here because people like local merchants and small stores in Greenpoint,” says Sujit. Small business owners like Sujit also have the advantage of not following cookie-cutter rules imposed by companies that don’t know the neighborhood they serve. P&P Shippinglocated at 746 Manhattan Ave, evolved from Sujit’s intimate knowledge of the neighborhood’s needs. After some bad experiences with the post office and customer feedback, decided to offer a better option for shipping.
The expansion into art supplies and stationery happened at the request of its regular customers, and today P&P Shipping is a one-stop-shop for shipping services, stationery art, school supplies, stationery, printing, passport photos. Last month, a grateful customer gave Sujit a handwritten note before moving, writing “Countless times I came to your store so stressed out about a problem I was trying to solve and every time I left I I was calm and I had a sense of moving forward.”
“My wife worked in an art supply store when she first immigrated to New York in 1991, so it’s kind of a full loop. We’re very lucky to be part of such a community here and we could not exist without the support of the artists and creatives we serve,” Sujit said.
This little family store is so much more than meets the eye, with shipping services (FedEx, UPS, DHL) as well as all the necessary supplies: about 100 different box sizes, packing peanuts, paper bubble, sticky tape.
They also carry a wide variety of stationery and art supplies from brands such as Moleskine, Strathmore, Canson, GOLDEN, Faber-Castell, Staedtler, etc. Additionally, they carry ink cartridges, 3M products, and hundreds of types of pens, pencils, and markers. Other services include passport photos, printing, scanning, faxing, copying and laminating.
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