Sunday, January 31, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
We have been in Pittsburgh for just about 7 months. When we arrived, we did the best we could to get things up and running hoping to minimize our down time. Everything came together nicely and it felt workable enough. One thing we have learned from the last several months running a high producing studio in a store front space is that you are always on display - often feeling like you're in a fish bowl. It was beginning to get to us. So, we rearranged (partly in preparation for a third sewing station..for our new assistant who will be starting soon!!) and we added some trees to the windows. They form a screen between the street and us without covering the windows with curtains. It's amazing how much a few trees can completely change the feel of a space. We added a HUGE schefflera, a plant whose name I can't remember and a lemon tree! We're growing lemons in the studio! This will be a fun experiment.
The next phase?? Custom building all of our shelving and parts storage....though, don't expect photos on that project any time soon...we're still sewing 7 days a week completing all of the orders in queue (if you're waiting on an order...it will arrive soon!).
Monday, January 25, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
After our bits of work were done we spent the evening wandering around the city, had a great dinner at Rodan then headed over to The Empty Bottle for the Joan of Arc show.
The show was sold out before the doors even opened and it did not disappoint. I met a number of Jeremy's pals for the first time - it was great to finally do so. It was, as promised, a variety show - with 12 acts, each playing for 15 min. sets, complete with a charming emcee. Jeremy's set was great! He played with Todd Mattei. Then, about 2/3 of the way through the night, a BIG surprise happened....Tim, Mike, Davey, Victor and Sam made their way to the stage and Cap'n Jazz reunited!!!! They were announced under the penname Local Cover Band and I was so happy to be there!
We started the next day with brunch at Flo's. Every time I have been there, I have left feeling as though I have just had the best meal ever. No exaggeration. Then we walked all over Wicker Park for some exploring.
We stopped in a great furniture store called Stitch because they had the Gus couch I've been wanting. Seeing it in person made me want it even more! It definitely lives up to the hype. It is so well made and beautifully designed.
I checked out the Renegade Shop (fun to finally see).
I bought a coat from Penelope. After spending a long time trying things on and wanting everything in there it has become one of my favorite clothing shops. They have a nicely edited collection of all my favorite brands.
We stopped in Alliance Bakery for Macaroons (they were delicious!).
Then we wandered over to Quimbys where we bought a few new books, one of which I can't wait to start reading, Unmarketable: Brandalism, Copyfighting, Mocketing and the Erosion of Integrity.
It was a great trip, full of everything I wish I could do on a daily basis. In short, the perfect weekend getaway. Let's do this more often, ok!?!!
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Admittedly, I am in a stage of life where I do not get much opportunity to sit down and read books. Instead, I/we listen to audio books all day long while working in the studio. It's a great way to keep us (*ahem* me) literate. We joined Audible last year and it has been well worth every penny.
Monday, January 4, 2010
For all of you who received a Letter Bag for Christmas but did not get the option with the adjustable/removable strap (or for those of you in need of a replacement strap) - we've just made it possible for you to order one - woo woo!