An Inside Look at Binders with Owner Howard Krinsky

07 21 2015 | Posted in Uncategorized

For creatives living in Atlanta, Binders isn’t just a one-stop-shop for all things art supply, it’s a way of life. Originally opened in 1955, Binders was founded by Moe and Joe Krinsky, also founders of the Atlanta staple, Moe’s & Joe’s Tavern in Virginia Highland.

In 2001, Jay Shapiro and Howard Krinsky, Moe’s son, revived the Binders business. After Jay’s untimely passing in 2010, Howard has continued to champion the Binders business with the mission to give back and be a part of the arts community.

An original Binders location on Broad St.

Celebrating their 60th anniversary this year, Binders has locations in Buckhead, Ponce City Market and in Charlotte, North Carolina. All locations share the mission to promote personal growth through education, arts awareness, and by giving back to creative communities. “Owning Binders has given me a tremendous responsibility to those that count on us as an employer and source,” said Howard.

In addition to keeping shelves stocked with the very best in art supply, Binders takes their commitment to supporting their community seriously. The store has recently started to work with WonderRoot as they convert the former Tech High School into the WonderRoot Center for Arts & Social Change. This 54,000 square foot facility will be a fantastic hub for art in Atlanta.

Exterior of Binders located at Ponce City Market.

When you ask Krinsky what it is that makes the Atlanta arts community so special, he’ll tell you that the vibrant, ever expanding community of creatives are now choosing Atlanta over LA or NY to launch their career.

And Howard’s favorite part of having a Binders location at Ponce City Market? “Ponce City Market has a historical relevance to the city that has been restored to all its glory and then some,” Krinsky said. “ You can feel it when you walk around the site. It’s hard to describe. It’s really something you need to experience for yourself.”

 

Interior of Binders at Ponce City Market.

As for future plans for more Binders locations, Howard says they are focusing on one store at a time but that there could be other Binders in the future. If you ask about the secret to Binder success Howard will tell you that it’s easy. “Keep it simple, focused, and fun,” he said. “Atlanta is booming and there is tremendous growth and opportunity.”

Interior of Binders at Ponce City Market.