Choosing to move our store online-only was not a decision we made easily. There were window installations we didn’t install. A pink-painted floor we didn’t get to stain. There was the bright neon sign we didn’t hung, and the European and Asian writing supplies we didn’t get to order because freight was too expensive. It felt like we were just getting started - and we were. We are. But trading our brick-and-mortar for our online store means we can bring in brass pens from the UK and vintage stamps from all over the planet and linen journals made in Germany and Japanese erasers and coffee table books and... see what we mean? And that’s not even all. Over the next few months, we’ll be tripling the inventory we had in our cheery midtown shop.
What we’ll miss the most, though, is visiting with our customers every day - the ones who stopped in a couple times a week and the ones who popped by every six months. Each one of you is so special and we are so thankful for your patronage over the last year-and-a-half. We hope you’re excited to continue this little shindig online!
Below, we’d like to share a few updates about our online store and what you can expect as we complete our transition. A little FAQ section, if you will.
PACKAGING: We’re working behind-the-scenes on some really stinkin’ cute packaging (we’re talkin’ bubblegum pinks and painterly florals), but until the whole line is ready, we’ll be using our signature pink tissue and regular ol’ packing tape. It’s what’s inside that counts, right? Look out for our new packaging mid-May!
WEBSITE: If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a million times: analog over digital. We’re the types to make to-do lists on notepads (napkins, even!) and keep track of important dates and deadlines in a paper planner, so it probably comes as no surprise we’re not the most digital design savvy. That’s why we’re working with a gifted web designer to completely overhaul our website, slated to debut mid-June.
INVENTORY: As you’ll see, today’s offerings are only a teensy fraction of what Merriment will carry. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be adding the rest of our brand new inventory, so be sure to check back regularly. Our philosophy right now is the same quote you see floating all over Pinterest: progress not perfection. Plus, we’ll be adding tons of new items seasonally (like teacher gift baskets or holiday cards) and we’ll always be sure to post on Instagram and Facebook as soon as we have new arrivals.
SUBSCRIPTION BOXES: Oh, they’re gonna be good. Stuffed to the brim with vintage stamps, collectable washi tape, a pen-of-the-month, and so much more, you’re gonna wanna subscribe. Available June 1st.
SHIPPING: Once we get the hang of this thing, we’ll begin shipping same-day. For the first couple weeks, though, please anticipate between three and five days for your package to ship. We’ll e-mail you with tracking details as soon as your package ships!
And because we’ll be continually adding new things over the next few weeks, we’re thrilled to offer free shipping on back-to-back orders. Let’s say you order pens today, but check back next week and see that our hand-painted notebooks have arrived. Just e-mail us (firstname.lastname@example.org) to let us know you’ve gotta have the notebook and we’ll send you a code to receive complimentary shipping on your second order.
You know we can’t stay away for long, so we’ll be throwing one last hurrah in our midtown space on April 22nd and we’d love to see you. After that, we’ll be hosting a Mother’s Day pop-up, summertime events, and our second-ever Back to Cool party in August.
Our online store may not have pink floors and neon signs, but we think you’re really going to like all that’s to come. Thank you for your support, friends.
Merritt Wakefield + Merriment