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In short ‘Supply’: Downtown’s Court Street Office Supply to close next month

Not long for this world: Downtown’s Court Street Office Supply will close on Feb. 20, its owner announced.
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It won’t be a community staple for long.

A Court Street office-supply shop where this newspaper’s reporters once stocked up on their trusty note pads is closing next month.

The family-run Court Street Office Supply opened in America’s Downtown in 1982 and quickly became the go-to place for workers at Borough Hall, the Kings County Supreme Court house, and other nearby government buildings to pick up their pencils, pens, and paper, its owner said.

“There isn’t a businessperson in Brooklyn who doesn’t know our store,” said Jacob Gutman. “Even if they don’t know it by name, everyone knows the office-supply store across the street from Borough Hall or the Municipal Building.”

Gutman, who is closing his brick-and-mortar storefront on Feb. 20, said changing consumer habits prompted his decision to shutter it, not rising rents. And he will continue to run an online shop out of his 11th Street Gowanus warehouse that sells the supplies, toys, and other products customers found at his business for nearly 40 years.

“Our challenge has been the shift in how people purchase things these days,” he said. “Our decision to close the store has nothing to do with rent.”

Moving out of the Court Street location — which was featured in the 2002 Steven Spielberg film “Catch Me If You Can” — will give the family more time to focus on the workspace-design part of its business, according to Gutman, who said he will be slashing prices at the store from Wednesday through its closing day.

“We set up custom workstations and configure spaces for all kinds of offices, medical practices, hospitality companies, you name it,” he said.

Employees of the Downtown institution will miss chatting with their regular patrons, but are grateful that the business is not disappearing entirely, said the widow of Gutman’s late co-owner.

“Not working with our customers face-to-face will be a bit of a let-down, that’s something we all enjoy,” said Miriam Abramowitz. “But this way, it is a happy ending, without an ending.”

Stock up on office supplies while you still can at Court Street Office Supply [44 Court St. between Remsen and Joralemon streets in Downtown, (718) 625-5771, www.courtstreet.net] Closing Feb. 20.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Updated 11:41 am, January 23, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Myra Carter from Crown Heights says:
Wow! This is my go to for calligraphy pens, and will definitely miss the brick and mortar supply store. Great, they will offer online services! Will make sure to get in this week to grab some pens! Thanks for the update!

_Myra C.
Jan. 22, 9:39 am
Charlie from Downtown says:
Never hear of nor noticed it.

nbd
Jan. 22, 10:03 am
Mustache Pete from Windsor Terrace says:
Charlie from Downtown: funny, we feel the same about you.
Jan. 22, 11:53 am
Elizabeth W. from Fort Greene/Brooklyn Heights says:
This will definitely be a loss. I've been using this store since it opened.

So I guess soon it will either be the local drugstores or a trek to Staples.
Jan. 22, 1:41 pm
Andrew Porter from Brooklyn Heights says:
I recently bought a wristwatch and envelopes there. This is a big loss.

However, I've noticed that the various CVS, Walgreen's, Rite-Aid, Duane-Reade stores also sell various stationery supplies, and if you need some other specific product, the internet can supply anything you can dream of.

Having said that, I still remember browsing through A.I. Friedman and Sam Flax and other art supply stores that provided me with lots off stuff I wanted even if I never had a use for it...
Jan. 22, 2:48 pm
ujh from downtown Brooklyn says:
Court Street Office Supply has certainly been the go-to place with an incomparable range of items. The office/art supply store on Jay doesn't come even close.
Jan. 22, 3:12 pm
Eunice Wheeler from Brooklyn Heights says:
I have been a patron of this establishment for 71 years. Even though I am retired, I continued to go there twice a week to buy paperclips and ink. Nearly all of my pens and index cards were purchased at, or around this shop. In the future, I really don’t know what I will do. Everyone forgets about the old. We don’t have iPhones - we have notepads. We don’t have instantgrams, we have photographs. What will we do now?
Jan. 22, 4:04 pm
Katherine from Brooklyn Heights says:
Have been going here for over 30 years and will miss its aisles and aisles of notebooks, and markers. They always do such a nice job with carrying all the best stuff - and the nicest folks. Glad to hear it will still be online but will miss trying out markers in person on the counter paper sheets. Thank you for years of memories shopping for school supplies.
Jan. 23, 9:14 am
Pam from Cobble Hill says:
Great store and nice people. I've bought my company's salesreps a pen from this store almost every Christmas for years. They will be missed.
Jan. 23, 1:49 pm
Glenn K. from Court St. says:
Court Street office supply was a go to store when blumberg forms where distributed in paper form only. A great place when you needed something in a pinch. Still, find it hysterical that one of the other people commenting on their experience here claims to have been going to it for over 70 years when it only opened in 1982! LOL! Get a grip. Life Will Go On. Good luck to the owners and their families...
Jan. 24, 8 am
Grandpa Simpson from Springifeld says:
...and we wore onions in our pants, because it was the style of the times.
Jan. 24, 3:44 pm

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