August 7, 2014 Update: Ms. Wiegand is no longer working with these plates. The owner of Downs has moved all the dies to his print shop in Virginia . The new contact info is Bob Hickey, 703-524-6600, [email protected].
Downs Engravers and Stationers was a Baltimore institution at one time, the place for wedding invitations, visiting cards, monogrammed stationery, gifts and more. After decades in business, it closed its doors a few months back, another victim of changing times and new technology.
It was an old fashioned shop that used the old fashioned method of engraving to produce its most exquisite personalized paper products, and the shop kept in-house the engraving plates of its best customers for use on future orders.
Now former Downs employee Nancy Wiegand, who lives in Pennsylvania, has taken it upon herself to return the plates to the proper owners.
“A large group of ladies gathered at the closed store (in Kenilworth mall) more than a month ago in hopes of retrieving our plates, but the electricity was not working,” writes former customer Patty Baker in an email.
She adds that she has been told by Ms. Wiegand to be at the former store in the Shops at Kenilworth on Thursday, March 20 at noon to get her plates.
If you have plates you would like retrieved, please let us know in the comments and we will have Nancy Wiegand contact you.
UPDATE: Nancy Wiegand emailed this morning with the following message: “I am totally booked today with customers coming to pick up their dies. I only have two hours there. I can take names online and pull dies again next week, but I just do not have enough time today to return dies and go in the back to pull them. It is a very lengthy process, since Downs has dies there that are decades old. Thanks again for everything.” You may email Nancy Wiegand directly ay [email protected]
FYI – She is not being paid for going to the trouble of returning the plates.