I got my teeth cleaned yesterday. I bet you’re thinking, what does this have to do with stationery and pens. Hold on…I’ll get there! My appointment was at 8am in Des Plaines…about 35 minutes from my house. Just so you know, getting my teeth cleaned ranks right up there with cleaning the bathroom. I hate it, but it’s a necessary evil. And I drive the distance because Dr. Stephanie Skopek is a compassionate dentist.
But nice as she is, she can’t control that hygienist. Hovering over me with that big light, all those metal objects and suction devices she uses in my mouth makes me claustrophobic. So as I was about to pass out (that would have been really embarrassing) I started to think about engraved stationery. Really! You see, even with all the isles of toothpaste, rinse, floss and other over the counter quick fixes, nothing replaces going to the dentist to get your teeth cleaned. But come on…with all the advances in medicine right smack in the middle of the tech era, you mean to tell me there’s not better way to clean than scraping and poking around with metal devices?
That’s where the engraved stationery comes in. Even with all the advancements in printing and printing machines, there is still no better way to create the best personal stationery than etching a piece of metal.
The metal is loaded into a machine, but the paper is fed by hand, one piece at a time. You can’t get a better product.
So just like getting my teeth cleaned, I’ll keep etching metal if it means I get the best possible stationery. Stop in to see some of the best engraved stationery by Bell’invito, Dempsey & Carroll, Pineider and Crane’s and Co.
I love my girlfriends. They come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes it’s not easy to detect what we have in common, but be assured there is a strand that connects us. And just like a loose thread on the hem of your dress, relationships need to be carefully trimmed and not pulled.
I’m quick to say I can’t handle any new friends. It’s a lot of work building and cultivating new relationships. But just when I say that, I meet someone and discover a new “thread” I never knew was in my dress. And that’s what happened during my trip to NYC a couple of weeks ago. I met some new girlfriends. Actually they are business owners, Carol of Graphic Image, Mary of The Printery, and Jacqueline of Mrs. John L Strong. What a dynamic group of women! I didn’t have a chance to see Lauren of Dempsey & Carroll this trip, but Jenine stepped in to make me feel right at home on Lexington Avenue.
I don’t think I have to tell you the common thread that connects us…but in case you can’t figure it out…it’s fine paper and leather goods. Meet my new GFBs, Girl Friends in Business.
I like paper. No, lets just be clear, I like stationery. And if you really want me to be specific…I love personal stationery. There’s something about your name in print. I remember visiting a friend and they had letters from former presidents framed and hanging on the wall. Not written on stationery from “The White House”, or “the office of…” but personal stationery. Even today, it’s still special to them. We get email from politicians everyday. But what would really sway my vote would be a handwritten note on their personal stationery. Show me how much you really care. Stop in TT Patton, select your paper of choice, decide on the many fonts and custom calligraphy available. We’ll even make you a copper plate so you can engrave it over and over again.
Yes, Mr. President and Mr. Governor, I’m a stationery snob. And if you want my vote and the votes of other stationery snobs, you should consider some fabulous personal note cards and get to writing! I mean, what else are you going to do with all that PAC money?