Archive for June, 2010

clever, clever, clever! oh, and thank you THRILLIST!!

That Mr. Old Tom Foolery has done it again. Make us laugh, that is– with this clever Typographically oriented Mustache Print. Called A Field Guide to Typestaches, the print combines mustaches with their proper font. There is Mr. Helvetica Bold, Mr. Copperplate, and my favorite, Mr. Bill, Sans Extra Bold. 18″ x 24″ (standard frame size). You just know there is someone this is PERFECT for!!$24.

And the other Annie wrote about the Boom Box cooler yesterday- but we got a great shout out in Thrillist today for them so I had to mention them again- yeahhhhhhhhhhh!! We only have a few more left, so if you want one- snatch it NOW!!!

Pinwheels and…well, EVERYTHING!

We just got these Pinwheel Party Straws in today! Yay! And, they are only $3.50! Perfect timing, because not only were we in Daily Candy New York’s Shoptalk for Summer Essentials, today for them, but they just came back in stock (the manufacturer was out of them for months)! They are shiny and and perfect to add a little extra shine to your next party. 

My name is Annie and I am filling in for Annie on her blog while she is putting all your orders together and making the store look as good as ever. But, let me back up. I know what you are thinking; “Another Annie, this can’t be!” But, it is…I am both interning for Annie at the store and I am also Annie’s cousin. I am going to be a junior at Purdue University in Indiana this fall. I am a Management major with a minor in Marketing. I am here in New York for the summer both interning and exploring the city. Doesn’t that sound like a great set up? Yeah, I thought so too!

So far, my adventures in New York have been pretty exciting and have included a trip to see Mary Poppins on Broadway with Annie and Merica. It was my first Broadway show! My verdict thus far is that I like New York although I am still adjusting. But enough about me…for now. I want to tell you about some of my favorite things in the store!

I really like Mini-mergency kits! They are too cute! I love these types of kits with all the necessities stashed away in a cute miniature case. On of these mini kits is only $12.00! I think I may be getting one of these for myself!

Now, these mustaches bring back memories. I remember getting these when I was younger with some friends and going to both, class with them and to Limited Too (back when it was the “only” place to go for girls at that age) in Middle School and not being able to keep straight faces. The mustaches definitely made for some great stories that I will never forget. These stylish ‘staches ring in at $6.75.

As it is becoming clear that summer will be with us for some time longer, I have started to embrace it by planning trips to the beach. What do my beach trips always seem to miss? Those ice cold drinks along and the ability to listen to music without sticking those white ear buds in my ears…oh and the nice, cool air conditioning. I thought this Boom Box Bag was the perfect way to take care of at least two out of my three problems with the beach. I can drink ice cold drinks and listen to music at the beach with no worries for $49.95.

Now, just a little thing, you should probably know about me…I love office supplies. This is why I always loved going back to school…it meant going shopping for office supplies. With the back-to-school season lurking up behind us faster than we expected, this Micro Office Tool Box ($8.50) seems perfect to go in the back pack. It has everything I am always looking for but no one seems to have when we are in class!

This one will be my last, for now, I swear. Since I first walked into Annie’s store, I can’t seem to get over this piece of art hanging behind the counter. Whenever I go on road trips I always play the license plate game in my head where you try to spot as many different license plates as you can from around the country (I can never seem to spot all 50). It is kind of neat to see how all of them look and I think this brings that all together in this cool License Plate Art for $300.

Well, that is all for now but thanks for listening!


Count Me In & The make mine a million $ business

It’s been a crazy month for me- between being super busy at the shop with Father’s Day shoppers, NY Times, getting people ready for summer trips, etc., I was  also honored to have been a finalist in an amazing contest for Women Entrepreneur’s called, Make mine a Mine a $ Business. I first heard about the organization back in 2006 when I attended one of their first NYC events. It was truly one of the most inspiring days of my life- from the Finalist’s pitches, to hearing Hillary Clinton speak- it was an amazing day. The contest, which was created by Nell Merlino (who was the creative force behind  Take Our Daughters to Work Day, amongst other accolades) and powered by Open for American Express is part of a global movement to empower women entrepreneurs to grow their businesses to a million dollars and beyond. Did you know before 1974 women couldn’t even take out a business loan in their own name? Did you know that 70% of the women owned businesses in the world have revenues less than $50k? Here are some more startling facts (from the M3 website)-

  • Women-owned businesses employ approximately 27 million people
  • Women own 48% of all businesses in the United States — that is 9.1 million businesses*
  • Women business owners contribute more than $3.6 trillion to the marketplace each year, and women account for more than 70% of consumer spending *
  • 55% of women provide half or more of their household’s income, yet 48 million women — that is 80% of all women in the workforce — earn less than $25,000 a year

*Facts from “The National Foundation for Women Business Owners”

To enter the contest we had to be in business for atleast 2 years and have a certain level of revenue. We had to submit all of our financials and projections as well as answer a ton of questions about our growth opportunities, target market, etc. Once I was selected as a finalist I had to work on my elevator pitch. An elevator pitch is a 2-3 minute business synopsis of where your business is and where you want to take it. We had to cover certain criteria in ours,  but generally it’s called an Elevator Pitch because you want it short and concise enough to attract investors and customers if you are lucky enough to ride an elevator with them. Day one of the event (Monday June 14th- two weeks later I am finally recuperating!) we all met out in Newark, NJ to meet each other (there were 15 finalists) and to practice our Pitches in front of each other, coaches, Nell, Wall Street Journal Cameras, etc. Very daunting!! I had a great time hearing about everyone’s businesses and was interested to meet two other retailers amongst the group. Here’s a little write up from about the prep work entitled,  Three Minutes to a Million.

Anyway, after practicing with my partner (Stephanie Vance from The Advocacy Associates) – and then making Rob hear my pitch another hundred times, I was ready!! Tuesday we had to deliver our pitches to 350 people, including Judges, the press, etc. and let me tell you my fear of public speaking is GONE after that harrowing experience. I learned a ton- from all the speakers, the Coaches, other finalists, Nell, from MYSELF. What a wonderful experience!! If you are a woman in business or interested in starting one- I highly recommend you become part of this amazing group of women. Nell pointed out something in one of her speeches that I can’t get out of my head- that women, unlike men, SHARE their experiences with other women. We all need to work together.  By empowering more women business owners to achieve the goal of a million dollar business (end goal: a million women owned businesses making a million dollars) we really help the world: by creating more jobs  and people making money to spend money, etc. Thanks so much to all my fellow finalists for their inspiring stories, to Nell and everyone at Make Mine a Million.

Brooklyn for Breakfast, and my favorite free mag…

these amazing photos are from flickr/

I need to Spread a little Brooklyn love today and talk about the AMAZING breakfast sandwiches Rob and I have been eating in our hood. Our latest favorite is the Breakfast Baguette (pic above from – simply my favorite breakfast OF ALL TIME (this is a bold statement, I know, but I am sticking to it). It’s got hard boiled eggs, serrano ham, lettuce, salsa mayo, on a crispy baguette- it is soooooo delicious. We also went (finally) to Mile End this morning, the Canadian Jewish Deli that opened a block from the shop. Our friend Shelton came over to hang with us and we both had the Breakfast Sandwiches (chazzer {meat hook canadian bacon}, egg & 2 year quebec cheddar on rye) and Rob had the Beauty (lox on a bagel with cream cheese, tomato, red onion & capers- open face). Yummy!

picture of take out window via Naomi Donabedian, Cantelope Alone blog

All this food talk reminded me to pick up the latest issue of my favorite free magazine, Edible Brooklyn. It always has such interesting articles and profiles amazing places throughout the borough, which is (as I mentioned before!) becoming even more of a food hot spot than ever before.

Edible magazine’s are available for a bunch of places around the USA (there’s even Edible Manhattan now, as well as Edible East End- for Long Island).  You can read them all online too, here is a link to the latest edition of Edible Brooklyn.  This edition is called The Alcohol Issue, but besides articles on great Brooklyn booze, I am also excited to read the write up about horchata. Rob has talked about this spicy, cinnamon Mexican drink for years and I am yet to try it. Will have to hunt down some for my next Mexican feast. Happy Summer Weekend everyone!!

ART, ART, ART…tons of fun projects & ideas for kids and adults…

I always love to give artistic gifts to kids and adults, and so inevitably the shop is well stocked with many cool options in the art world. So many that I actually created a section on our website to put them all in- check it out! We have the new & improved Face Painting book up there ($24.95) as well as these fun & functional Museum Frames – 24 11″x11″ post its complete with a “museum quality” frame ($8.95).

and the Charley Harper Coloring book, $6.95

these “Big Pencils for Small Hands” include 12 chunky colored pencils and a wood sharpener, $8.95 (nice gift together with the coloring book!)

LOVE the Giant Play and Learn book- good for ages 3 and up- $19.95

And these Ladybird Craft and Learn to Sew Kits– $18.50 each

And our beloved Rosie Flo’s Coloring Book, $8.99. And even more on site and in store!!

Stamp to it!

I am in love with these adorable stamp sets! Set of 2 molded natural rubber stamps with thick cushion, each mounted on maple block  and packaged in an adorable hand-printed muslin bag. I think the Badminton set– with the shuttlecock is just about the cutest thing ever. And the New York set??!! So charming with its little taxi cab. The Rainy Day Set is so sweet, and hopefully the only cloud cover we will get for the next few months! Stamp Sets- $12.50, Stamp pads in assorted colors- $4.95.

our RACKS are FULL…

We heard you people, we stepped up our (greeting) card game and got TONS of new styles in for ALL occasions, including some new ones from one of our old favorites- Sycamore Street Press (above). We love Eva and Kirk and were soo happy to show them around the shop last month while they were spending some time in NYC. Check out Eva’s blog today, she did a little write up about the shop and a little Q&A for me. I love all her pics (the most recent ones are from all the food at the Brooklyn Flea. I want one of those Lobster Rolls NOW!) and her new quote of the week, this one’s from our favorite, Dolly Parton-We also got some great new greeting card vendors- like Greenwich Letterpress. They win for most original Thank you card, check this one out-

and love this one too-

Bella Muse is new to the shop too, although I bought her stuff (prints and cards) off the street years ago when she had a table on West Broad in Soho. These are highlights- (the first one says Happy Birthday at the top)

(can you read that one? bttm line is – You’re a Peach. ha!)

another new vendor with some wonderful cards- Sweet Letter Press (above)

Sidepony’s “cool it, mister” totally makes me laugh (they are Brooklyn based, oh yeah!)

From The Found, love this cute Turtle Card.

You get the idea! We have lots of great new cards in, a whole new rack in fact- so come by soon and stock up!!

TONS of FUN NEW STUFF– wahooo!!

We have been getting some GREAT NEW stuff in the shop lately, and today is no exception. First up are these awesome doormats- made from recycled lobster trap float-rope (handwoven by local crafters in Maine, each mat is one of a kind). We have them in great brights and muted colors, $49.95 each (18″ x 30″). They trap dirt, mud and sand like no other mat- and are virtually indestructable and easily withstand all kinds of weather (resistant to mold, mildew, salt water and sun). Plus they are reversible for twice the wear (they even float!!). BONUS: part of the proceeds go to the Gulf of Maine Lobster Foundation.

We also got in the brand new Food Lovers’ Guide to Brooklyn– which I can’t wait to give to MYSELF!! This book is an amazing combination of “Old Brooklyn cuisine with its world-renowned classics to the New Brooklyn Cuisine with its hipster enclaves and growing locavore ways, a  bounty of mouthwatering recipes and other delights awaits you in this engagingly written guide- the ultimate resource for food lovers to use and savor.”  Lots of maps on Brooklyn neighborhoods, food festivals, specialty food stores, recipes, the Best of Brooklyn– from seasoned food writer Sherri Eisenberg, who has written about 370 cities in 33 countries, but now turns her palette to her hometown, good ole BROOKLYN. $14.95.

More on the food front: love this new puzzle of the dearly departed Gourmet Magazine’s favorite covers: Catch of the Day.. 1000 pieces to challenge all your favorite puzzlemasters. I love puzzles in the summer- they relax me. Fun hostess present too- $16.95. More later– more great stuff to unpack!!!

Some NYC rainbow love-

LOVE this new Rainbow New York pencil set– with a No.2 to celebrate each borough, as well as the greatest city in the world. All come in this adorable cotton bag, what a fun treat for inspiring some summer thoughts… $10.

Road Trip BINGO! and other travel games…

Put off the inevitable “are we there yet??” with this cool version of ROAD TRIP BINGO. Flat Tire? Farm Animal? Satellite Dish? Call ’em as you see ’em to keep everyone in the car entertained (atleast until the next bathroom stop).  Set of 12 cards, $7.50.

Also great for travel for the little ones- EeBoo’s travel games. Small, travel size versions of their Best Selling games- from Dominos, to I Never Forget a Face, with these at the ready the wee ones will always be occupied. $10.95 each.

And then there’s the ultimate back seat activity guide- from the fabulous people at Klutz!

Tons of fun activities to keep the kids entertained for hours $19.95.

June 2010