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Tabula Rasa | Gilded Gifts

5/18/2017 | Alex Muzio
Kerri Fukui

Dear Visitor, we welcome you to step inside of one of Salt Lake's best-kept secrets. The gifts, decor, and vibe change accordingly with the season, and we think the only thing missing upon our visit was a choir singing "Hallelujah Chorus". This is Tabula Rasa, and Sean Bradley, owner and director of this palace, is a fittingly-regal man, indeed. Upon entering, one is greeted with grace and formality. As refined as the wares he sells, Sean is dressed in a fitted sport coat wrapped over a suede vest. He is the perfect complement to what he refers to as his "museum with no admission". And his staff are equally paired to the space: dressed in fitted vests, silk blouses, and shined leather shoes, with calligraphy pens carefully tucked in their front pockets.

Tabula Rasa, established in 1985 by visionaries Jim McAndrew and David Dean, is just as much a reflection of the past as it is an expression of the future. This is your time to slow down. Feel the fabric. Smell the paper. Try your hand at real life pen-to-paper cursive.

THE SPACE WELCOMES YOU TO ENVISION--AND EXERCISE--A HIGHER SENSE OF SELF

Sean spends much of the year visiting markets around the world--stationery shows, where each hand-painted letter is sealed with wax. The finest wares are snapped up for patrons of Tabula Rasa. In fact, the store's heartbeat is its remarkable stationary. Think: handcrafted business cards, custom wedding invitations, letterhead, and gold wax seals. Penning a thoughtful note is one thing, but penning it with the rich ink of Mont Blanc, Cross, or a fountain pen with a stem made from coconut wood brings new meaning to a personalized touch.

WITHIN THIS SPACE IS A RARE SANCTUARY FOR ANYONE WHO DESIRES A TOUCH OF OLD-WORLD REFINEMENT

Before I found Tabula Rasa, I had never written a formal letter, never owned a pen that wasn't plastic, never wrapped a gift in hand-painted paper from Nepal (can you imagine?). We all have a signature, a little set of routines--pieces of ourselves we leave behind with each encounter. Here, you can begin to dream and create what you leave behind with intention. Whatever it is you fill your blank page with, Tabula Rasa provides a platform to discover it. So, it seems there remains only one question: what does your signature look like?

TABULA RASA | 330 Trolley Square, SLC | 801.532.5780

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