Start spreading the news...New York or Bust...555 Hudson Street has a ring to it and it is officially our glassybaby New York address. We are so excited and palpitating over our October 29th grand opening party (6-10pm.) We are now coastal...East and West. There is still time to book a ticket no matter where you are. Please join us. If you would like to receive an invitation (see photo above) just email your home address to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are honored to inhabit a store on hallowed ground. 555 Hudson has a distinguished history. It is the address of the famed and visionary humanist named Jane Jacobs who authored the important and civic minded book about the virtues of urban design entitled: "The Death and Life of Great American Cities," published in 1961. Jane Jacobs believed in the the layers and weave of physical cultural fabric as elemental to the quality of life that we lead...hers was a street with a grocer, a barber, a hardware store, a tavern. It was dense residentially and rich with diverse commerce at street level. This was the equation she espoused for good living. To learn more about Jane Jacobs and the 555 Hudson address click on this New York Times blog installment: http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/07/13/jane-jacobs-way-comes-to-the-village/...it is fascinating.
It feels auspicious to follow Jane Jacobs. 555 Hudson emerges for us as a portent of our pledge to stay soulful and hand made and giving and a good neighbor. Come find us.
Seattle minutes... I am thrilled when I get to see this dynamic duo of friends usher into our store. What is characteristic of this particular pair is their marvelous humor. It is infectious. We always have a chuckle together and this week their visit was no exception. For some reason our conversation took a celebrity jag. My dear customers were inquiring if one of our local celebrities (to remain unnamed) had ever shopped in our store. I said yes of course she has, but I get the impression that when she shops she likes to take off her celebrity hat and just immerse herself in choosing glassybaby color anonymously. The instantaneous quip back to me was: "Well thank you so much for giving us our celebrity space today...we appreciate your sensitivity." I love it and these ladies are stars in my book.
Amidst the various levity, I learned that glassybaby was their treat after both having had mammograms. I just love the spirit in this. It lead organically to my describing an effort involving Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and glassybaby called: "Make a Mammogram Promise." To learn more. go to: www.mammogrampromise.org. In essence, women making a mammogram promise will be lead to the sweet possibility of receiving a winning glassybaby. It is our joy to be involved with this. It was fun to spread the word to my favorite dynamic duo shopping in the store. End note to their visit... I had to promise not to know them if they ever come in with their husbands. My oath was instant.
We are bathed in October sunlight and eternally thankful for it. There is a new stark white and stunning glassybaby drinker named: Jackie O (the name of Lee's volunteer/rescued pooch.) Ryan, our wonderful Production Manager, is working on a color named 'Hudson,' a kind of glassybaby homage to our New York exodus. And much more soon.
Until Next Time, Nicola