If only for its in-house Blick Brand art supplies (Colored pencil sets! French easels! Tracing paper pads!), we would love Blick. But the friendly, knowledgeable staff provides us arty types with another reason to love this longtime friend to creative people. We find everything from canvas to archival papers to camel-hair brushes at this 104-year-old bastion of better art supplies. Four dozen different types of watercolor paper! Thirty-two different lesson plans for art teachers! We don't know what Awagami Shin Inbe colored paper is, but the fact that Blick (and only Blick) carries it means we want some! Don't miss the clearance aisle, a magic markdown store all its own.