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Barrels, Bargains and Freebees

Obstacles are a part of life. Supposedly, there are great lessons to learn during these bumps in our road. As adults we learn to accept bumps as part of our human experience.


Lately, I’ve been ruminating about a big orange barrel-shaped obstacle in front of Write Impressions for a while now… construction barrels that will be planted on Washington Avenue for the better part of the summer.

In our 25 years in Downtown Royal Oak, this is the first time that traffic has been disrupted on Washington Avenue. One lane is open in each direction, but all the metered parking is unusable. Thankfully, there is plenty of metered parking on the blocks surrounding our building (behind the store has some great spots that are hidden gems) and the parking decks are FREE for two hours from 10 to 5 everyday. The anticipation of the obstacle is worse than the reality.

The renewal of our street has inspired me to make some fresh new changes – to provide a silver lining for this cloud of construction – – – for YOU – – – our customers. We are cleaning house! We have started drastically discounting merchandise that, for whatever reason, isn’t moving as quickly as we anticipated. Throughout the next few months, we will be grabbing items from every department to include in our new SALE WALL. Discounts range from 30 – 60% off, with most items marked down at by at least 40%.

First up on the SALE WALL… boxed invitations and imprintables! Items from ALL occasions are on SALE … from baby shower to kids birthday invitations, grad parties and bridal showers. Print at home or we can print for you. We are liquidating about 40% of our current invitation inventory to make room for great new products. Now is the perfect time to stock up for your future events and throw a party!


We (and many other downtown businesses) have chosen to “Embrace the Barrels.” Most merchants and restaurants on Washington Avenue are giving out freebee gifts throughout the duration of the construction. Check out the “Embrace the Barrels” give-away schedule here: Tuesday, June 23rd, we are giving away Paddywax travel candles to our first 100 customers. Don’t miss out!


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