So far it's been smooth sailing at our bright new location on Orchard Street. Pencils are nestled snug in their jars, pictures are hung, sharpeners are at the ready! And we can finally talk about our newest venture - CW Sticker Emporium. CWSE is currently a brick and mortar store only, we hope you can pop by for a visit!
We've been calling this our "teenage dream" wall. Definitely expect a lot more pencil ephemera to be added to it in the near future.
Our new (old) giant Mongol 482 came to us from a fan of the shop. He had picked it up decades ago from James A Townhill and Co (which was established in 1867!). The gentleman who ran the store said that his father acquired it from Eberhard Faber back before he was born, as a way to prove they sold genuine EF products. "His father told him that he had once purchased a load of pencils where the lead only went into the barrel about 2 inches and 'by the time you sharpened the damn thing, there was no lead left.'"
We plan on using this giant table for events soon! For now, it gives us the space we desperately needed to show off colored pencil sets and notebooks that we didn't have room for previously.
The shiny new sharpening station was a dream we could never really fit into our old location (literally - our new store is nearly 4 times bigger than our old one). Now customers can come and play with our bladed beauties to their hearts' content.
We had to bring back the wall of pencils - the store just wouldn't be complete without it!
And of course the biggest reveal... CW Sticker Emporium!
This started as a sort of joke after the National Stationery Show back in May when we were getting the FOMOs after looking at all the gorgeous cards and stickers that we couldn't sell logically in our pencil store. Is it a little indulgent for us? Oh, most definitely. We have loved seeing everyone's reaction when they turn the corner and discover this little slice of heaven - so many surprised and delighted exclamations! We're tempted to put up a reaction camera.
Also new -- Esther! She joined us just in time for the store opening. She's an illustrator, so come drill her with all your sketching questions. We'll also be joined soon by Olivia, who some of you may remember from her time with us last holiday season.
We hope you'll pay us a visit real soon!