Updates from the Shop
The holiday season is really beginning! We've seen our first bit of snow and frost and I'm about ready to spend as much of my time indoors as possible. Lots of new things are going on in the shop, and it seems like we hardly have time to get things done. We have lots of new products and we're working on taking photos and getting them up on the site soon - some of the new products are just new shades of ink or a new ruling in a notebook we already carry; check our Just In section as we try to make sure stuff goes there as soon as we get it up. It feels like there are new shipments coming in every day (I see a UPS truck right now!), and while some stuff may say it's out of stock online, we may have just not updated it on the site yet, so feel free to give us a call or send us an e-mail if you're looking for something in particular.
We're getting new Kaweco products - the Allrounder is up on the site already, and the Dia2 will be up soon. Both of these are metal and weighty and smooth. Diamine inks has stopped shipping for the winter, so unfortunately, what we have is all we'll have until maybe around March. Our distributor was optimistic and said maybe even February, so let's keep our fingers crossed. Both for Diamine inks and warm weather sooner. Diamine was a newer brand for us, we just picked it up in the fall, so in the new year, we'll be working on making sure we have enough stock to last us through the winter, like bears preparing for hibernation.
And to hold your ink, we've got some TWSBI ink bottles. They are very heavy, with a thick glass base and metal bands. They're designed to work cleanly with TWSBI 580s & Minis, but you can use any pen. It also has the same inner cone that the Sailor bottles have. These will also be up online soon.
Our calligraphy classes are just about finishing up for the year, but we have three new classes posted for the new year. We're also offering gift registrations for the holiday season. We have the registration certificates printed on the beautiful G. Lalo paper so you'll have something nice to give. If you order online, we'll mail it to you. Along with our calligraphy classes, we've got some new calligraphy tools, including nib holders and nibs available in store, and soon online. Stay tuned for more information on our pointed pen calligraphy classes! As the new year comes, we've got Rhodia 2014 planners in stock. We also have a few Quo Vadis ones that we're hoping to get up on the site soon. We have new Jinhao pens in, and we're working on getting the inventory updated and the new pens up online soon as well! We're looking forward to getting the shark staplers and the Delfonics Pen Cases back in stock soon! I know I've been saying we're going to get the Delfonics in for a while now, but I think this time I really mean it. In store, we'll soon have gift wrapping available in a few sizes, so please stop by as you're doing your holiday shopping. If you're ordering from us online and you've got ink in your package, we're sending it to the post office for you to pick up unless you let us know otherwise. Please keep in mind that even if you know that someone is going to be home when the mailman comes, the mailman picks up his packages along his route from the grey Canada Post pick-up boxes. After the mailman sorts all the mail, a carrier truck drops off mail for each section of the route at the pick-up boxes, and the mail man stops by along his route, so it's difficult to tell how long a package may be sitting in the grey boxes for before the mailman picks it up to deliver to you. I know this is not super convenient for many of you, but please bear with us as we want to get your ink to you safely! We're closing the shop for a week between Christmas & New Year's, so please keep that I mind if you're in town visiting family for the holidays! Holiday Hours: Monday, December 23rd: 10am to 6pm Tuesday, December 24th: 10am to 1pm Wednesday, December 25th to Wednesday, January 1st - closed Thursday, January 2nd - regular hours