We are very lucky to have a shop in the tiny little slice of Manhattan that is Forsyth Street. There's a soccer field across from us and wonderful small businesses in every direction. It feels like real New York, where the crowd is as diverse as they come these days and all of the neighbors know each other. We thought we'd take some time to talk to one of our favorite neighbors: Emilia, our first neighborhood friend. We adore her because she's curious, creative and generally just lovely.
Q: Tell us about yourself
A: I am 9 years old, but you know that and I live next door and I like living next to a pencil store.
Q: What do you like about living next to a pencil store?
A: I like coming every day and just that it's a pencil store because most other stores that sell pencils sell other stuff too.
Q: What are your favorite pencils?
A: I like the Faber-Castell Grip 2001 because it has the bumps for the grip and it writes smoothly. I also like the General's Cedar Pointe #2. I like that it also writes smoothly but it's also not that hard. I also like the feel and the smell. The eraser is really good too.
Q: What's your favorite pencil for school/homework?
A: I like the CWPE store business card pencil because it's just soft enough.
Q: Advice for people who hate pencils?
A: I would tell them that pencils are sometimes easier because if you put it in your bag it might break but you can sharpen it. If you put a pen in your bag and it breaks, it might leak on everything. They also erase!
Q: What's your favorite thing to do with a pencil?
A: Writing stories for my homework and drawing with pencils. Some pencils make lighter marks and it's nice because you can erase it.
Q: What have you learned from being a neighbor of the pencil shop?
A: I have learned that when it says #2 on a pencil it's not just about how light or dark it is but how soft the lead is. I also know a lot of pencil companies now. I organize the test station (editors note: she's a pro at it!).
Q: Tell me why you love this neighborhood:
A: I like that there's a park across the street and there are many nice stores around. I like my building and there's a playground across the street that's cool. I ride my bike across the street too.
Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?
A: A pencil lady. Or an artist. Or both. Can I be both? (of course you can!)
Plastic eraser or rubber eraser: Rubber
Spring or autumn: Spring
Movies or music: Movies
Pizza or hot dogs: Hot Dogs
Roses or Sunflowers: Roses
Beach or mountain: Mountain
We heart you, Emilia!