My friend posts this report on an exchange during a recent shopping trip to Charette...
For those who are interested, Charrette will be going out of business by 30 June, according to the woman who waited on me. There is a 50% sale on stock for members. They apparently didn't give the help much notice, but I noticed that the store was very quiet (no customers) the last few times I was there. Lots of good stuff will be a little harder to find. I'm not sure what's planned for the copying operation which is a separate company.
he adds later
A little more on Charrette. The Charrette Store is closing. The company was bought by Pittman. Charrette corp. will disapear. The new company will be out of the art supply business. The copying company in the Charrette building will remain there for two months, then move-somewhere.