We’re always on the hunt for unique home accessories and gifts, and sometimes those gifts show up in stores you may not have thought to look. The King’s Scribe is one of those places. This adorable store in Chappaqua, which Alyssa Sampogna opened in May 2011, has a curated and quirky line of home gifts — including a line of candles inspired by national parks — to go along with its quirky (not sappy) cards, and unique stationery ideas.
Sampogna was working in corporate real estate when she started an Etsy shop selling her own invitations and stationery. It blossomed into a successful venture, and as her business continued to grow, she was able to realize her dream of opening a storefront. “I was familiar with Chappaqua… I knew the demographic and thought this would be a great place to open a shop,” says Sampogna.
Six years later, the shop has moved a few doors down to 15 King St where Sampogna has doubled her space, making room for all of her great finds: hand and digital calligraphy, gift wrap, party supplies (including balloons), holiday cards, bath and body products, candles, and custom stationery and invitations. The items curated in the shop are inspired by what Sampogna’s customers are asking for and what she sees on social media. “Right now we have some cool feminist stuff and snarky stuff with bad language,” says Sampogna, who adds that she loves supporting and carrying as many local artisans and businesses as she can.
And with double the space to feature what she loves, she can offer her customers more of what they love. “Greeting cards take up one whole wall, about 20 feet across, so sometimes I see regulars weekly,” says Sampogna happily. “People now linger a lot longer.”