Cotton & Pine Creative was started in 2013 as collaboration between craftsmen and creative minds. The name is drawn from two materials traditionally used in the south to make paper – cotton for finer, more upscale products, and pine for everyday or commercial use.
The business was the brainchild of Daniel Mims and Steven Lambert of Mims Management Group. They purchased The Long Run Press, a Wetumpka-based print shop, and recruited Johnny Oates, president of The Long Run, and his team to head up the printing side of the business.
Their equipment includes authentic historic printing presses, including an 1890s Chandler and Price press, and a Miehle press dating from 1907, which was used to print newspapers. Cotton & Pine produces custom letterpress pieces including notecards, posters and coasters, among other products.
The company also operates C&P Mercantile, where customers can purchase ready-made coasters and cards with prices starting around $4. The products are available online at cottonpine.com.
C&P also has a storefront located at historic Court Square, where collaboration again comes into play, as the store showcases a variety of products from local artisans. Jewelry, clothing, artwork, food and more – all unique with a distinct Southern flair – is available at the store, which grew out of the Southern Makers movement, promoting artists and artisans.
The Cotton & Pine design studio and print shop is located at 3300 Eastern Boulevard, while the C&P Mercantile store is at 1 Court Square in Downtown Montgomery. The store is open Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., and Saturday from noon until 6 p.m.