Despite being named after an aquatic creature with webbed feet, Platypus Papers in downtown Erie is a land-locked, family-owned business specializing in unique, custom stationery and personal wedding collections.
Owners Joel and Laney Hall have been in business since 2011, when Laney left the wedding planning business to start a fulltime career “playing with paper.” She calls herself a paper addict with a love for all things creative and does most of the designing for Platypus Papers.
Her husband Joel, a former software localization engineer, helps build, print, router, engrave and produce a variety of customized products – sometimes made from paper, but not always!
“We create custom stationery for individuals and events, like weddings and holiday parties working with a variety of clients; wedding planners, caterers and hotels, as well as individuals,” says Laney.
Platypus Papers also creates one-of-a-kind Christmas and holiday cards, announcement cards, plus every conceivable kind of personalization.
“We personalize on the spot,” Laney says. “People will come in to look around and decide they want something personalized while they wait. We create from what we have on hand, wood, metal, pieces of agate. We even cut and engrave acrylic, fabric and glass. You name it – we can personalize it!”
Platypus Papers has an in-house laser cutter and a CNC router (computer numeric controlled) to cut larger personalized pieces. “Joel likes the big stuff,” Laney says.
When she comes up with a crazy, never-tried-before idea, it’s up to Joel and his engineering brain to figure out how to make it work. “He does the math and science side.”
Platypus Papers: Why Downtown Erie?
Laney is a Colorado native and Joel grew up in Boulder and the pair settled down on the north edge of Broomfield. “When I was looking for office space as a wedding planner, I knew I wanted to rent from an individual and not a corporation and I just fell in love with the natural light in these offices,” she said.
“We adore Erie. It’s a lot of big city folks in a little town. We have dinner at 24 Carrot (Bistro) and know the folks at Echo (Brewing Company) really well. It’s weird, fun and funky – growing – but still feels small town.”
Platypus Papers, located at 212 Wells St. in downtown Erie has an open-door policy and welcomes curiosity seekers Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Laney and Joel also take weekend appointments (303-997-5509).
“We love it when people pop in and ask, ‘who are you?’,” said Laney.
Sometimes, that’s the best way to meet people!
Community in Colliers Hill
Like the Halls, the residents of Colliers Hill love downtown Erie and its proximity. Pop into the nearby sales offices of the master-planned community and tour the 11 beautiful models at Shea Homes and Richmond American Homes. With both ranch and two-story designs, these beautiful new homes are priced from the upper $300s to the $600s.