We're finally settling into 2017, with bright eyes and full hearts looking forward to another year of schilling our beloved pencils.
While many of us the world over are completely glad to see the back of 2016, honestly, I have to admit that for our little shop 2016 wasn't all that bad! We are officially over a year old now, and we've learned so many new lessons and become better pencil people along the way.
It was really exciting to extend the CW Pencils family over 2016! We added Alyx, Max, Meredith, Olivia and Brandon over the year. While some have gone off to college and other creative endeavors, they still grace us with their smiling faces from time to time. (Pssst: Alyx is now your go-to for custom pencils! Drop her a line if you'd like to order some.)
Our little Lower East Side shop saw a lot of changes over the year as well. For starters, we celebrated the shop's first birthday in March with cupcakes and cheers and cake-shaped erasers. In June, we gave our tiny space a little facelift with a bright, speckle-y new floor. And, of course, we added many, many new products to our shop, including two whole new countries in our global repertoire: Viking from Denmark and Shahson's from Pakistan.
Speaking of new pencils... I think one of our major highlights of the year was the introduction of our very own CWPE pencil! The CWPE Black Wood is an extraordinary writing utensil (if we may say so ourselves) made by Caran d'Ache, and includes some of our very favorite Swiss pencil qualities, such as the super smooth but firm Swiss Wood graphite, the slightly large diameter of the Grafwood, and the sleek matte finish of the Black Wood Jumbo. A total dream come true .
We also fulfilled a lifelong dream of Caroline's with Caran d'Ache very early last year: Caroline and I took a completely magical trip to the CdA factory in Geneva. It was a truly unforgettable experience, and one that gave us a whole new adoration for the humble pencil (is it possible to love pencils even more? Yes, yes it is).
We close 2016, another wild, crazy and exciting year at CW Pencils, grateful for the continued support of our pencil friends and family and excited for new things on the horizon! We processed more than 20,000 orders in 2016, and can only hope 2017 brings us thousands of more opportunities to share our love of graphite with the world.
Keep on sharpening, you lovely pencil people. We'll be here to support your pencil-est dreams and resolutions.
Your Pencil Ladies