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Baltimore bookbinder brings beauty to spiral notepads

Baltimore bookbinder brings beauty to spiral notepads

Third-generation bookbinder Chris Rothe wants to change the perception of the spiral-bound notepad.

"We want to make the notepad cool again," the 34-year-old said at his workshop located in the back of his father's 50,000-square-foot bookbinding plant in Washington Village just west of the Ravens' M&T Bank Stadium.

Rothe's Write Notepads & Co. is an offshoot of the family business, Allied Binding Co., a company in the slowly fading business of printing and binding booklets for a variety of uses. While the digital age erodes the revenue generated by such paper-related businesses, luxury stationery products are finding a growing market among those who still...

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