The Shop at MCBA



Welcome to The Shop at MCBA!

Our newly renovated retail shop offers you an even broader selection of wonderful artwork, gifts and art supplies! Stop by soon and see it in person!

Check out our unparalleled variety of letterpress and screenprint cards; handmade artist’s books and fine print editions; creative gifts to inspire kids; perfect gifts for readers, writers and book lovers; and much more. Experience it for yourself — The Shop at MCBA offers one of the most unique and irresistible shopping experiences around, seven days a week.

New items are always arriving, so visit us often and get inspired! For more information about The Shop or product availability, please contact us at 612-215-2520 or email us at

Shop hours:

Monday: 9:30am to 6:30pm
Tuesday open late: 9:30am to 9pm
Wednesday: 9:30am to 6:30pm
Thursday: 9:30am to 6:30pm
Friday: 9:30am to 6:30pm
Saturday: 9:30am to 6:30pm
Sunday: 12 noon to 5pm


Artist’s books and prints

The Shop at MCBA is dedicated to fostering the collection of artist’s books. In one convenient location, explore new work from hundreds of local, national and international artists, representing the range of contemporary artist’s books from self-published chapbooks and zines to fine press limited editions, to one-of-a-kind sculptural bookworks, boxworks and assemblings that challenge your perception of what “a book” can be. The Shop’s selection of artist’s books offers something for everyone, from the most seasoned collector to the newest enthusiast.

We also offer a huge variety of original prints, everything from screenprinted art prints and gig posters to fine press broadsides. Check out offerings by local and national printmaking luminaries Aesthetic Apparatus, Adam Turman, Gaylord Schanilec, Amos Paul Kennedy, Angel Bomb, Heroes and Criminals Press, the Laurel Poetry Collective, and many more.


Cards and gifts

Craving that one-of-a-kind look? The Shop offers an unparalleled assortment of hand-crafted letterpress cards for all occasions — even for no particular occasion at all.

Shop local, shop handmade! The Shop at MCBA’s selection of hand-crafted goods is simply unmatched — experience our phenomenal selection of beautiful hand-bound blank books and journals, diaries/datebooks, bookish jewelry and accessories, marbled and decorative paper wrap, and more.

Gifts for writers, readers and book lovers: Forget another sweater, get something that truly appeals to that special book-lover, journal-keeper or aspiring writer in your life. The Shop at MCBA offers everything from bookplates and journals to unique stationery sets and handcrafted writing implements destined to become heirlooms. Books by our Open Book neighbor Milkweed Editions are also available through The Shop at MCBA.

Visit our childrens’ section for great hands-on creative activity kits, pop-up and board books, toys and games, origami supplies, and much more to inspire a love of books and art.


Paper and art supplies

The Shop at MCBA is your one-stop shop for all things book, paper and print:

  • printmaking papers: Rives BFK, Nideggen, Johannot, Hahnemuhle Ingres and Bugra, Crane Lettra and more
  • papers for bookmaking and binding, including Thai mulberry, Chiyogami, Revere, Frankfurt and more
  • luscious handmade, hand-marbled and decorative papers from all over the world
  • all the basics for bookbinding: bonefolders, needles, awls, cutting tools and mats, rulers, scissors, screw punches and more
  • linen thread: an incredible variety of colors and weights, waxed and unwaxed
  • bookcloth, cloth tape and bookboard
  • methylcellulose, PVA and adhesives
  • papermaking fibers: cotton linters, abaca, flax, hemp, kozo, denim
  • papermaking supplies, blotters, formation aid, soda ash
  • paper marbling supplies, carragheenan, alum, marbling kits
  • coordinating paper and envelopes for stationery printing
  • relief printing supplies: polymer plates, lino blocks, carving tools, inks
  • journaling pens and art markers

We also stock a huge number of reference and instructional books, as well as books on bookish topics such as art journaling, typography and typeface design, D.I.Y. printmaking, book history, artist’s book anthologies, and more.


Gift Certificates

MCBA gift certificates are the perfect gift — they can be used for classes, memberships, supplies, merchandise, artwork… one size fits all!

Gift certificates can be purchased in person at The Shop, by phone at 612-215-2520, or online through PayPal. You do not need to have a PayPal account to purchase; you may pay by credit card without setting up an account. Simply select your desired amount below, and click the “Add to Cart” button to continue.

If you would like us to mail the gift certificate to someone else, leave the recipient’s name and address in the “Note to Seller” field before check-out. Otherwise, the gift certificate will be mailed to the purchaser, at the shipping address provided by PayPal.

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