Back to School season feels a bit like a blur - where did the month of August go??
We had lots of fun happenings in the store to close out summer and to kick off the new school year, including designing special CW Pencils patches that are just perfect for a backpack.
This past weekend we had our in-store Back to School party, complete with fancy decorations and delicious chocolate chip cookies from Sugar Sweet Sunshine (so delicious, in fact, that we ate most of them - Caroline was definitely the cookie eating "winner"). We had a delightful time helping kids fill special pencil pouches with a fresh set of No. 2's to start off their year.
In that same mindset, we wanted to make sure we spread the pencil joy as far as possible and set up a donation bin of General's Semi Hex pencils during the month of August - for $4.00, customers could donate a dozen and we'd match it and send them to Operation Backpack. In total, we sent 72 dozen pencils! Thanks to everyone who donated (and contributed a pencil to our "wall of fame" pictured above).
Earlier last week, Racked NY paid a visit to our store and interviewed Caroline, and their wonderful article just went up today! Check it out. Also, completely a surprise to us, The Guardian published this amazing article about the fashion industry and their love affair with stationery, claiming that our humble shop is the place for NY Fashion Week visitors to pilgrimage to (which just makes us feel incredibly cool!).
And now that Back to School promos are officially done for our store, we are turning our attention to our first outside event: Pencil Passion at the Green-Wood Cemetery. On Sunday, September 13, from 1:00-3:00 p.m., we'll be at the cemetery discussing about the influential east coast pencil industry - specifically, Caroline will give a talk about pencil magnate Eberhard Faber and his legendary Blackwing, and industrialist Joseph Dixon, inventor of the famed Dixon Ticonderoga, both of whom are buried at the Green-Wood Cemetery. We're also going to do an extremely special grave rubbing of Eberhard Faber's grave with an original Blackwing 602!
Because we'll be hosting this special event, the store will be CLOSED all day Sunday, September 13. If you're hankering for a pencil fix that day, join us at the cemetery! We'll be set up there with some special offerings for the event.
And after the event, it's crazy, but we're already talking holiday plans and the next things to come for CW Pencil enterprise! So long summer!