Annex Of University Art

★★★★☆
  • 267 Hamilton Ave

    Palo Alto, CA 94301

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  • 650-328-3500

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UA almost always have what I am looking for, and there is plenty more to keep my occupied while there. It's good to see a Palo Alto institution still going strong.

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UA almost always have what I am looking for, and there is plenty more to keep my occupied while there. It's good to see a Palo Alto institution still going strong.

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All I can say is, the people who wrote all these glowing reviews are either employees or are people with a lot of time to kill while shopping for supplies.

I've frequented this store for several years--I have no choice, it's the only one around in this era of closed art supply stores---and although they do in fact have a respectable inventory, the staff (while pleasant) has been uniformly *awful* in terms of competence and training. Literally my stomach sinks when I realize we are out of supply "x" at the office and have no choice but to go to University Art and confront:

1: depleted supply of the most basic art supply staples, and
2: a guaranteed loss of 20 minutes from your work day as the cashier goes from alternately ::looking lost:: to ::trying to find your corporate account number:: to ::not knowing what the price is:: to ::looking lost again:: to ::summoning the manager (this step is iron clad) to ::struggling with the register as the manager runs them step by step through the process.

I can't tell you how many times my office mates and I have expressed our astonishment at how this establishment stays open with their level of service. Answer can only be: because they are the only game in town.

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★★☆☆☆

All I can say is, the people who wrote all these glowing reviews are either employees or are people with a lot of time to kill while shopping for supplies.

I've frequented this store for several years--I have no choice, it's the only one around in this era of closed art supply stores---and although they do in fact have a respectable inventory, the staff (while pleasant) has been uniformly *awful* in terms of competence and training. Literally my stomach sinks when I realize we are out of supply "x" at the office and have no choice but to go to University Art and confront:

1: depleted supply of the most basic art supply staples, and
2: a guaranteed loss of 20 minutes from your work day as the cashier goes from alternately ::looking lost:: to ::trying to find your corporate account number:: to ::not knowing what the price is:: to ::looking lost again:: to ::summoning the manager (this step is iron clad) to ::struggling with the register as the manager runs them step by step through the process.

I can't tell you how many times my office mates and I have expressed our astonishment at how this establishment stays open with their level of service. Answer can only be: because they are the only game in town.

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I can't go in to University Art without walking out with something. They have a great selection of art supplies, a knowledgeable staff, and a surprisingly good (and unique) selection of gifts items and kids games and decorative items. They carry cool brands like eeBoo and it's just a fun and different shopping experience.

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★★★★★

I can't go in to University Art without walking out with something. They have a great selection of art supplies, a knowledgeable staff, and a surprisingly good (and unique) selection of gifts items and kids games and decorative items. They carry cool brands like eeBoo and it's just a fun and different shopping experience.

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Great for art supplies when I used to work in Palo Alto. When I'm up in the area I know where to go for all the supplies I need.

A very helpful and friendly staff as well.

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★★★★☆

Great for art supplies when I used to work in Palo Alto. When I'm up in the area I know where to go for all the supplies I need.

A very helpful and friendly staff as well.

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When I'm up in Palo Alto and need some art supplies I go here. It's an awesome place with evertying you would need. We where able to find plenty of things for our office project and the prices are not bad at all.

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★★★★☆

When I'm up in Palo Alto and need some art supplies I go here. It's an awesome place with evertying you would need. We where able to find plenty of things for our office project and the prices are not bad at all.

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Usually I shop at the store in San Jose since it is closest to home but, after visiting this store this is where I'll be coming here on out. The selection is great and they have really helpful staff.

5
★★★★★

Usually I shop at the store in San Jose since it is closest to home but, after visiting this store this is where I'll be coming here on out. The selection is great and they have really helpful staff.

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They have a good selection of art supplies (pastels, oils, brushes, canvases, acrylic, color pencils etc). They also have kids stuff, art books, photo frames and custom framing.

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They have a good selection of art supplies (pastels, oils, brushes, canvases, acrylic, color pencils etc). They also have kids stuff, art books, photo frames and custom framing.

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University Art is a terrific art store offering most artist's mediums and supplies. In addition, they sell items for children and decorative items for the home. A fun store to browse.

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University Art is a terrific art store offering most artist's mediums and supplies. In addition, they sell items for children and decorative items for the home. A fun store to browse.

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They focus mostly on art supplies. They have a broad selection of paints, pastels, drawing materials, glazes, etc. They also do custom framing and sell art kits for kids.

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They focus mostly on art supplies. They have a broad selection of paints, pastels, drawing materials, glazes, etc. They also do custom framing and sell art kits for kids.

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If you are in need of art supplies and/or hobby supplies this is the place to go. They also carry great gift items which feature vairous local artisans works as part of these gift items.

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If you are in need of art supplies and/or hobby supplies this is the place to go. They also carry great gift items which feature vairous local artisans works as part of these gift items.

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University Art has a superb selection of art supplies covering just about every medium. They also have a top framing department that can offer excellent advice on frame types and sizes for your art and photos. Make sure you wait for the occasional coupons to get a better deal.

PROS: Great Selection of Art Supplies; Beautiful Framing
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University Art has a superb selection of art supplies covering just about every medium. They also have a top framing department that can offer excellent advice on frame types and sizes for your art and photos. Make sure you wait for the occasional coupons to get a better deal.

PROS: Great Selection of Art Supplies; Beautiful Framing
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I went here a lot when I was planning our wedding. We made our own invitations, so we wanted to find interesting papers. This store had a large selection of interesting paper for us to choose from. They also have a good selection of photo albums. This location seems to have better selection on the paper than the San Jose location.

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★★★★☆

I went here a lot when I was planning our wedding. We made our own invitations, so we wanted to find interesting papers. This store had a large selection of interesting paper for us to choose from. They also have a good selection of photo albums. This location seems to have better selection on the paper than the San Jose location.

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Even for a "non-artist" like me, this offers a really fun shopping experience. It's hard to leave without buying something. I shopped here with a friend who paints, and she was really happy with their acrylic and watercolor paint selection.

4
★★★★☆

Even for a "non-artist" like me, this offers a really fun shopping experience. It's hard to leave without buying something. I shopped here with a friend who paints, and she was really happy with their acrylic and watercolor paint selection.

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I love to go by the annex to find unique gifts. They stock artwork of all types along with giftwraps/cards. These are items you won't find at the big box retailers. It's a small space but big on selection. The pricing is reasonable and the items always eye catching. If you're looking for that just right gift for an admin, teacher, mom, this is the place to go. They have a good eye for what's the latest in art.

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★★★★☆

I love to go by the annex to find unique gifts. They stock artwork of all types along with giftwraps/cards. These are items you won't find at the big box retailers. It's a small space but big on selection. The pricing is reasonable and the items always eye catching. If you're looking for that just right gift for an admin, teacher, mom, this is the place to go. They have a good eye for what's the latest in art.

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University Art is located in downtown Palo Alto. Easy access from the train with parking nearby. They have a wide selection of supplies for artists as well as items for children in the form of toys/books/learning kits. They also offer various items of art (mobiles, sculptures). The store is nicely arranged, though a bit crowded at times. It is still easy to navigate. They offer cash discounts on basic supplies as well.

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★★★★☆

University Art is located in downtown Palo Alto. Easy access from the train with parking nearby. They have a wide selection of supplies for artists as well as items for children in the form of toys/books/learning kits. They also offer various items of art (mobiles, sculptures). The store is nicely arranged, though a bit crowded at times. It is still easy to navigate. They offer cash discounts on basic supplies as well.

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