After 35 years, the ACME Rubber Stamp & Engraving Co. is packing up their Ballard store this weekend. They will reopen at 1620 NE 179th Street in Shoreline.
Owner Chris Browne says he received notice his building had sold in January. He’s been with the company since Steve Lally opened it in 1976. Browne even lived at the back of the building for a short time in the 1980s. Much of the equipment has been there for decades; Browne still uses a 60 year-old Ludlow Typograph for making stamps. He says he’ll have to take it apart to get it out the door.
Of moving to the new location, Browne says, “It’s a wait-and-see thing.” He hopes his loyal customer base will follow him after he leaves the neighborhood. (Thanks Aaron for the tip!)