In the spring of 2016, we were making small, intentional strides toward opening Merriment - attending a six-week financial workshop, participating in a pitch competition, and meeting with a small business mentor. Toward the end of June, we took our prize winnings from the pitch competition and paid the security deposit on a little storefront at 15th and Harvard. We had prepared a lengthy business plan, rehearsed our pitch in the mirror a thousand times, and researched the best products to offer our customers - we were ready to open a brick-and-mortar.
Over the last year and a half, Merriment has been a space where folks have picked out cards for joyous beginnings and sorrowful endings, where moms have selected bits and pieces for Christmas stockings and Easter baskets, and where students have excitedly ripped off the shrink wrap of their newly-purchased planners, eager to get the school year started. We’ve designed invitations of all kinds - from weddings and baby showers to birthday parties and holiday shindigs - in the little consultation nook in the back of the store and hosted surprise parties and wedding and baby showers in the bright spot by the window.
Our mission has always been to be something to write home about. In an effort to double our product selection and improve our service-based and experience-based offerings, we are delighted to share we are transitioning to an online store and will be closing our physical store. Our final day in our beloved shop will be Saturday, March 24th, and, beginning Tuesday, March 20th, we’ll be offering discounts on all merchandise (plus a coupon code to use on your first online purchase!). With this transition, you can expect same-day shipping, in-town delivery on large items like our Stendig calendars, new subscription boxes, surprise events and pop-ups all over town, and superb service. We’ve always joked about opening a mobile store and renovating an old ice cream truck with a big pun painted across the side of the truck: “Our stationery ain’t stationary.” While we don’t currently have plans to flip an ice cream truck into a paper paradise, we are committed to bringing you supreme products and unparalleled service throughout this transition - you know, something to write home about.
We're going to miss this place, but we know the best is yet to come. Within these four walls, we’ve rejoiced with customers as they told us about starting law school, getting engaged, and taking tropical vacations, and we’ve cried with customers as they shared news of cross-country moves, devastating diagnoses, and breakups. We’ve adorned the shelves with fresh flowers, popped champagne on momentous occasions, and smiled gratefully numerous times as we flicked off the lights for the night. Here, near our signature pink couch, our daughter took her first steps.
On the evening of our opening in October 2016, we were locking up and noticed the autumn sun glinting through the marigold leaves and dancing across the mini-skyscrapers downtown and, as we've shared before, we knew: This is exactly where we want to be. And next Saturday, when we lock the door for the very last time, we'll look out past the fragrant, blooming trees, our toddler daughter teetering at our feet, and we'll know, This is exactly where we need to be.
We may be closing our storefront, but we’re not going anywhere. We’re just moving from bricks to clicks; after all, our stationery ain’t stationary.
Thank you so much for your patronage and support! We are proud to be your neighborhood card shop, and we look forward to serving you online. We will continue our custom design pieces, the Pony Express Supper Club, and our business book club through this transition. Cheers!