The WALSER'S Story

Established in 1975, WALSER'S is a vital part of the Southern California art scene. We supply artists and creative people with over 25,000 different items including art materials, drafting equipment, picture frames, office supplies, books, furniture, stationery, fine pens, computer accessories, etc.

WALSER'S actively supports the art community by providing awards to our local, non-profit art associations and art schools through contributions at juried exhibitions.

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Our Five Locations in Torrance, California

 

First Store - November 1975 to May 1985: 

1,300 square feet initially and then, after five years, we expanded to 2,700 square feet by cutting through the wall next door

Our first store front and name offered fine art and custom picture framing.

Our original store van, a 1972 Ford, is still with us and running fine today with renewed appearance.

 

The first expansion added the store front on the left and the name changed to WALSER'S Art & Photo.

 

Second Store (Store and Off-Site Warehouse) - May 1985 to May 1991:

7,200 square feet store plus 2,400 square feet off-site warehouse

 

Third Location (Store & Warehouse) - May 1991 to May 2003:

Two buildings of 18,000 square feet of store and offices in the front and 10,000 square feet of warehouse in the rear

 

Forth Location (Warehouse, Store and Office) - May 2003 to April 2014:

22,000 square feet efficiently housed one very tall building

 

Fifth Location (Warehouse, Store and Office) - December 2014 to present:

9,700 square feet of creative store and recycling center

 

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488 Amapola Avenue

Torrance, California 90501-1474

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We need to hire several new employees for our creative store and recycling center. Click here to download a copy of our Employment Application. Complete the application and send it to us via email to service@walsers.com or mail it through the U.S. postal system to our new address above.

 

Waste Reduction at WALSER'S

WALSER'S is very proud to have been recognized by CalRecycle, formerly the California Integrated Waste Management Board, for our waste reduction efforts for thirteen consecutive years. The Waste Reduction Awards Program, WRAP, recognizes California businesses that have made outstanding efforts to reduce non-hazardous waste and send less garbage to our landfills. "WRAP of the Year" recognizes five of the best examples of these efforts, which serve as waste management models to the rest of their industry. For 2005, WALSER'S was honored to be one of the five "WRAP of the Year" recipients among California businesses.

 

We are also an E-Waste, Appliance and Metal Recycle Collection Center. For more information and a list of our recycle services, click here to download our recycle flyer.

 

2005 WRAP of the Year (WOTY)

The following summarizes WALSER'S waste reduction efforts as shown on the State of California web site. More information concerning this program can be found at the CalRecycle web site http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/.

WALSER'S is a family-owned art materials, office supplies and digital products business, which has been in business for more than 38 years. The most significant environmental contribution WALSER'S has made to the community started in July 2006 with the establishment of the facility as an authorized e-waste recycling collector. This expanded quickly to include appliances and metals recycling, followed by recycling our collection of cardboard, paper, and plastic. Last year, our recycling collection processed more than 400,000 pounds of recyclable materials that were diverted from landfill disposal. Employees, suppliers, and customers have gone to great efforts to voluntarily bring in items from their homes and businesses to contribute to the program.
Years Awarded: 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999

On March 21, 2006, WALSER'S was proudly given the recognition below from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. This public resolution was presented to us at the Board of Supervisors' meeting by Fourth District Supervisor, Don Knabe, "In recognition of dedicated service to the well-being of the community and for the civic pride demonstrated by their extraordinary recycling efforts for the benefit of all the citizens of Los Angeles County."

The City of Torrance presented WALSER'S with its inaugural recognition of the Torrance Advantage Award for the "Quality of Life Community Investor" award on March 13, 2008. This was presented for our many years of service to community as a major retail store and extensive recycling efforts.

On Earth Day, April 22, 2014, the City of Torrance recognized WALSER'S for over thirty-eight years of service and community involvement as an art supply store and over seven years for its community service as a recycle collection center for residents, business and government agencies.

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