Behind the Shop
Things have deteriorated here in Toronto, and we’ve been put into lockdown. It’s both unsurprising and demoralizing. I have self-diagnosed myself with seasonal affect disorder, which I’m still trying to convince Jon is a real thing, and with the cold, grey, snowy weather upon us, everything feels a bit grim. Chicken has been a bit emotional these days, with the snow, as he doesn’t like his paws getting wet, and therefore has been stuck inside with us, his family, the ones that feed him and pet him and love him.
The new website is launched! It has been unwieldy. We’ve been receiving lots of feedback from “I love it! Great work guys!” to vague ambivalence to grave disappointment at font sizes and other missing things, phantom functionality giving us all stabbing pains.
This is our final shipment from Hobonichi. It’s a big one, there’s lots there, including some new stuff. Some items, mostly just the special edition covers, are out of stock from Hobonichi, which is sadly part of the nature of some of these special edition releases. 5-year planners as well as of course all of the standard planners are coming back in.
Enormous news for us! Big changes are in the air, and it’s not just the smell of pumpkin. Several months/years (literally) in the making, we’re now finally launching a new website. It’s not been quite a labour of love, more a labour of endless emails, expensive development costs, and death by a thousand tiny decisions.
But we are grateful. For our team who are keeping this ship afloat, for healthy kids who can run around in the backyard, for a community of people who are cheering us on and passing our names onto friends and colleagues, for teachers who smile brightly as they drop dollops of sanitizer onto kids’ hands, for a fridge full of food, for books and toys and pens, and even for a crusty cat who mostly only meows when he’s disgruntled. For all the grey hair and the excitement of this adventure.
If you’re subscribed to our weekly email newsletter (used to go out on Fridays, now goes out on Tuesdays), or are following us on Instagram, you may have already heard that we are closing our brick and mortar shop at 52 Clinton Street again, for the next little while. We’re still going to have curb side pick up on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 12-4, and may be looking at increasing those hours as well.
We went camping! It was a lot of fun. It was also a ton of work getting everything ready, especially with the craziness of September, but it’s been a long season of being at home, and it was nice for the kids, especially Caleb. I can’t tell if it’s better or worse to have kids in this pandemic, to be balancing little humans’ lives with your own limited wisdom and patience, or if perhaps they help keep you grounded.
I found these things in Naomi’s bag the other day. There’s a metaphor for life somewhere in there. She’s 2, almost 3, and I feel like she is perhaps better prepared for surviving an apocalypse than I am. Naomi is always following and copying her big brother, Caleb, who has been packing his backpack for school for a while now. I’m not at all hurt by the fact that she apparently doesn’t even need a pencil, despite years of evidently failed stationery training. I mean, what good is a fountain pen when you’re being chased by the zombies of life? Keep your feet dry and your soy milk close.
Yesterday I posted a bunch of Instagram Stories of some of the new 2021 Hobonichi covers and accessories and things.
Things are trucking on here, and it’s hard to believe we’re already at the end of August. It feels like from the beginning of all this in early March to now has been a twilight zone and here we are bypassing all of the summer heat and sunshine right into the school year again, although here in Toronto, school has been delayed an extra week, until mid-September. Another twilight zone sort of thing.