Finally. . .
our surgery is scheduled for May 15th!
We’ve been a bit vague about what “our” pending surgery is all about. Family and friends have urged me to finally detail what’s going on. Simply stated, we’re undergoing an open heart procedure for a number of “restrictions” and an aneurysm. Previously planned for March 27th, it was postponed the evening before. An infection was detected, traced to a tooth; as a result 8 teeth ended up being removed. And, an unfortunate aftermath of the extractions was a perforated sinus. All is well at the moment; we’ve healed to where the cardiac team is comfortable going ahead with the procedure on the 15th. We’ve begun the count down and preparation for the second time. I am truly ready!!
This med procedure will have an impact on sales and operations of Letterpress Things for a few months. Word is no driving for 5/6 weeks. No walking up the 4 flights of stairs, opening/closing the elevator doors, and lifting no more than 10 pounds until at least 9/10 weeks out. Follows anticipated times/details through the recovery period:
Open Date — Saturday, May 11th - Last scheduled Open Date until the middle the of August. By early August we hope to have a schedule posted for new Saturday Open Dates for later in August and beyond.
Web Site/Internet orders for supplies, etc. — we anticipate starting to fill orders again by the first of August. July the store is insufferably hot so little labor will be done until first of August. But the upside of so much down time will be organizing and updating the web site’s pages.
Saturday, May 11th — the past few weeks have seen a lot of processing of type, plates, cabinets, presses and machines, supplies and kits/packages. There’s a lot of “first seen” items out on the floor; have just needed to get stuff out from the back room, the 3rd floor and the dark corners. On the OPEN DATES PAGE various items available the 11th will be listed. Time won’t permit us to post many photos. But there are photos of items in the list that have code numbers; happy to upload them if interested. Do bear in mind, Saturday, May 11th is the last Open Date for several months. All sales will need to be taken that day.
Our thanks and appreciation for your continued support. JB
A couple weeks ago the real task of situating 20 plus cabinets on the floor began. Simple to arrange paper rectangles on grid paper. With the need to consider floor loading and allowing for plenty of room to pull and set case selections aside, it took a bit of pushing, pulling, coaxing to get them all arranged. Several tables are being heaped with all sorts of letterpress paraphernalia, while ornaments and print plates are being displayed on a slanted working top. And wood type fonts are being transferred into the Barrett's nationally recognized pizza boxes. It's just a week away, and there's lots more to get done, but come 9:00 a.m. Saturday the 21st, we'll be ready.
It's the end of Spring, the start of Summer, and our "It's too hot up here!" shutdown is close at hand.
Imagine: New England in July, high heat and humidity, an old brick mill building, on the top floor with about five open windows and a bunch of giant fans. Physical activity, even just standing still, equals buckets of sweat!
Two Open Dates remain pre-summer shutdown, Saturday June 24th and Sunday June 25th. The crew is working hard to wrap up a number of projects in order to have as much new inventory out on the floor for these Open Dates.
Come by on the 24th and 25th and you'll find:
+ A Variety of "new" fonts in the type cabs. +
+ Some wood type fonts and some "Alpha" (similar to the Franken-Fonts from last October.) +
+ A number of pounds of icons, borders, etc. +
+ A big bunch of new plates. +
+ A few table-top presses. +
+ A growing selection of "one-of-a-kind" things. +
So this is it for the Winter and Spring seasons. Soon we'll slip away to get some rest, do some traveling and generally "wind down" after what's been a busy Spring. Looking forward to having you stop in!
The Howie Gelbert Swoop on April 14th was well attended.
It was really nice to see so many letterpressers out and about on such a gorgeous Spring day.
The Swoop continues this Saturday, April 29th for anyone who couldn't make it earlier this month.
There's still a good variety of type fonts available as well as a furniture and reglet cabinet,
an Enkay Paper Trimmer, a 5 x 8 Kelsey, a half-size cabinet (12 cases), and a short open case cabinet in green.
Of course, there's lots of store inventory as well, including a rare item for us; 100 sheets of large rag paper.
See you Saturday!
Just a day left until this Saturday's Swoop at Letterpress Things. There's a nice variety of "finds" from Howie's printshop.
Presses, such as a Vandercook 099, 5 x 8 and 3 x 5 Kelseys, as well several toy presses with rollers.
There's several books including catalogs and 40 plus ITC type specimen pamphlets.