Archive for the ‘The Store’ Category

Golden Rule Days

August 25, 2010

Something’s in the air…

et yo?

That’s right… Get your SCHOOL ON!

With the help of Kat, we’ve got a brand new Back To School window up. Fall in in the air, and we have some brand new products that are perfect for bookworms and cute librarians!


Stop in and say hello – and don’t forget to do your homework!

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Love is Blindness

August 17, 2010


What’s this? Something new?


A booklet, perhaps?


It looks like it’s letterpress printed, but where’s the color?


Like there’s no ink, maybe?


Yes! All new blind stamped dual booklets at the OB Shop!

Weather Report

July 2, 2010

We made some new booklets this week, exclusive to the shop:

Each 5×8 notebook has a chipboard cover and 28 multicolored pages. The come in warm:

and cool:

They’re great for heading out to the park for sketching our journaling. Get out in the warm weather, grab a cool drink, and relax!

Up In The Air

June 16, 2010

We’ve officially been open for a month! We want to keep things always fresh and interesting in the store, so we invited Essimar to create a new window for our shop.

Esther came by with some bright and beautiful paper fruits and blooms yesterday; together we put the new display together.

She even made a giant orange slice for us!

We’re big fans of Esther’s work, and we’ve got all sorts of new Essimar products in the shop, including art prints, father’s day cards and other goodies.

Since we had one new window, we decided to change up our front window as well:

Luckily Kat came by to help us with ideas and execution.

Stop by the shop and see the new windows in person!

Simple Things

June 8, 2010

Thanks to Laser Cut & Engraving on Etsy, we have placed some simple messages to live by around the store:

In The Box

May 27, 2010

Part of having this shop that we really like is the ability to support our neighborhood and everyone here that is doing their own thing. We are dedicated to getting the word out about other local businesses, but at the same time the thought having a messy cork board full of business cards or our windows covered in fly posters isn’t too appealing. Thanks to AM Radio, a vintage shop on Etsy, we were able to find an excellent solution:

This little shadow box is made from old yard sticks, and it’s the perfect size for business cards, as well as sweet treats for customers.

Music To Your Ears

May 21, 2010

We are selling independent and local music as well as design and paper goods… and you’ve gotta have a listening station for CDs and vinyl, right?

Using an IKEA CD/DVD rack, we set up a simple listening station. First we built a box to house the iPod nano…

…and a stand on which the iPod could rest. We picked up some new headphones, put together a little bit of signage, and voila.

Currently we’ve got titles from Sidedown Audio, all of which feature handmade album covers, an independently released album by Silvergirl, and two jazz albums from local label two five one records. We’ll have more music as the shop progresses.

Stop in and have a listen!

Taste The Rainbow

May 18, 2010

Artist G.L. Smothers stopped in over the weekend with some amazing paintings! We’re currently figuring out the best place to feature them in the shop. They’re mezmerizing.

G.L. is quite talented and we’re excited to see some of his most recent work. We have one of his smaller prism pieces in our home, and it’s great to have some in the shop as well.

We Like To Work

May 16, 2010

It’s been so time consuming getting the physical store ready that we took a break from making things. Now that we’ve got everything set up, it’s great to step back, take a look at the studio side of our shop and get back into creating new products and custom work:

Today we’re fulfilling orders from our Etsy shop and printing new shopping bags. It’s a calm, cool day in Chicago and we couldn’t be happier to be at work on a weekend!