Our favorites for the holidays and why they are the best!
I’m not entirely sure when the, “Say nice things about Detroit” campaign started, but it certainly did start a grass roots movement. Slowly and surely, more and more artists, writers and talking heads have starting saying nice things … not only about Detroit, but about Michigan, too.
On my most recent Slow Roll Detroit excursions, I’ve been thinking about something one of my fitness trainers used to say, “Lori, you’ve got to start somewhere.” When I’m in the city, it is clear to me that Detroit has successfully “started”. Slow Roll Detroit is exploding with members (5,000+ riders some weeks) and the city has been invigorated with hot new restaurants like, Gold Cash Gold, Wright & Company and even Selden Standard. Belle Isle and it’s fabulous little aquarium is even getting a nice little make-over!
I’m not surprised how contagious Detroit pride is. Michiganders are hardworking, optimistic and of course, love a good story. Everywhere I look, I see Detroiters cheering on the recovery of the city, in good times and in bad, just like they’ve always cheered on the Tigers, Wings, Spartans, Coach Harbaugh’s Wolverines and yes, even the Lions. We will stop at nothing to see Detroit thrive!
At Write Impressions, we cheer on Detroit with our “Made in Michigan” section. The enthusiasm of our wonderful customers has allowed us to expand our selection and support even more local artists who are “Saying nice things about Detroit”. We hope their wares will encourage more people do the same.
A few of my current favorites:
Cheers to Detroit’s happy ending!
As we approach the Autumn event season, soon-to-be-newlyweds and party throwers of all types have been pouring in with questions regarding these last minute event details:
These seemingly small details have a tendency of catching people by surprise, so it is best to start thinking about them as soon as possible. The more time you give yourself, the wider variety of choices will be at your disposable.
TRADITIONS, TRENDS AND TIMELINES
A month before your wedding or party is a great time to order all of these “last minute” details.
Seating Chart: A master diagram of guest’s names and table numbers, displayed at the reception venue entrance.
Formal, rustic, whimsical… your seating chart design is a good opportunity to pull your visual theme through to the reception, is often designed to compliment your invitation, programs and other printed materials for a cohesive look.
Wedding/ Event Programs: often left to the very last second and needs the most attention!
Programs often require large amounts of detailed information, so start gathering the event/ceremony details NOW! Include: music, events, order of the ceremony, bible verses, spelling of the wedding party member’s names, a note from the bride + groom, etc.
Place Cards: Individual three-dimensional cards, used in place of or in addition to a seating chart. Often printed with guest’s name, table number and meal choice.
Table Numbers or Names: whether it’s a special place, song, quote or number – we can print your table number to coordinate with your table setting.
Welcome Letters: A great addition to a hotel welcome bag or an itinerary for a multi-day event, Welcome letters are often used to inform out-of town (and local) guests about events and attractions near the time and location of your event.
Favor Tags: Names, event dates, photo or thank you message printed on hang tags that are attached to the party favors that your guests will take home at the end of the event.
Personalized Napkins and Guest Towels: Napkins printed or foil stamped with your names, monogram, event date, a favorite quote, graphic or photograph.
Thank You Notes: a folded or flat card, often personalized with the name(s) of the guests of honor, a couple’s married monogram, related graphics, etc.
Thank you notes can be ordered at the same time as your event invitations (so you have them in time for your showers) or well after your event if you are adding photos or details from the event.
Event details don’t need to be matchy-matchy, but a cohesive vision helps your event make a bigger statement. Need some guidance? Our in house design team is full of experts that would LOVE to help.
Seriously… they love this stuff.
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It sometimes seems as though Father’s Day is not as revered as Mother’s Day. The talking heads on TV give much more airtime to gift ideas for mom, specials on the mother-child bond and feature fantasy giveaways to celebrate extra special moms. Thankfully, gender roles have shifted to allow our dads to be more present in our everyday lives, making them more important and significant forces. It’s time that we honestly and unapologetically let them know what they mean to us.
To say my dad is opinionated is an understatement. There’s no need to ask for his opinion because chances are he has already told me before I have the chance to ask. He’s loud, fun, spontaneous, loving and smart.
When I was a child, he would surprise us with Detroit Tiger tickets. When he would come home from work earlier than usual, tickets peeking out of his shirt pocket, we would run to our rooms and get ready to cheer on Willy Horton, Al Kaline, Gates Brown and Jim Price. Dad always bought a program and a “Tiger” pencil and taught me how to keep score. I think more than anything, he taught me scorekeeping to keep me focused and engaged in the game. My dad traditionally left the game after the 7th inning (Tigers winning or losing didn’t seem to matter compared to his impatience) and we would head over to Lafayette Coney Island for hot dogs and french fries. Yum!
To this day, I am a Tiger fan. I love going to the games, I love the crowd, the cheers … and now I get to enjoy cold beer on a warm summer night. All in part, I believe, because my dad took me when I was a kid and shared his passion for the sport with my family.
Of course we don’t need a holiday to tell our dads that we love them, but since one exists, let’s take the opportunity to honor the men that taught us how to ride a bicycle, gave us the confidence to jump off the diving board, held our hand on the Blue Streak roller coaster and tucked us in every night.
Write Impressions has a wonderful selection of gifts and Father’s Day greeting cards – from humorous, sentimental, sporty, loving … and some blank so you can use your own words to tell your dad how you feel.
Dads. Remember them on Sunday, June 21st.
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: http://www.downtownroyaloak.org/events/embrace-the-barrels/ Tuesday, June 23rd, we are giving away Paddywax travel candles to our first 100 customers. Don’t miss out!
After every holiday season, we re-group as a store. We take inventory on what lines and products were loved and which ones ended up on our clearance shelves. We then eagerly anticipate our trips to the gift markets, where we have the opportunity to update our inventory.
This year was no exception. I discovered so many new lines at the 2015 Atlanta Gift Market that my excitement cannot be contained in just one blog!! Every department from baby and kids to stationery, journals, gifts, candles and frames, has gained a fresh infusion of new products, patterns and fun!
Today, I would like to share with you how proud I am of our current jewelry selection. We will continue to represent Heartstrings (custom monogram necklaces), B.U., Dogeared, Sharon Dixon, Treisi, Robin Goodfellow and Kathy Bransfield… all goodies that continually add new pieces to their lines.
Drum-roll, please… It is now my great pleasure to introduce Write Impressions’ new jewelry lines for 2015!
For the Trendsetter: Ginger Snaps
An affordable new interchangeable jewelry line that allows you to mix and match from a selection of fashion “snaps” to create your own look. The line includes statement necklaces, bracelets and rings that come in a variety of metals, gems and fibers. Use the same base pieces and simply change out the snaps to transform your look from “day” to “night” – in a snap!
For the Humanitarian: Chavez for Charity
Each of these gorgeous beaded bracelets supports one of over 20 important causes by donating 25% of gross profit to the corresponding charity of each bracelet sold. Chavez for Charity bracelets come in a rainbow of colors and causes for every sensibility.
For the Crafter: The Bead Bottle
An excellent gift or fun treat for yourself, each adorable bottle gives you the option to create necklaces or bracelets (or one of each) and contains a variety of semi-precious stones, metal charms, and glass beads with leather cording and lobster closures. Story cards with simple instructions are provided with each purchase. Many color themes and charms to chose from!
For the Michigander and the Mom: The Vintage Pearl
The “Love My State” Michigan Necklace is perfect for the Michigander who wants to show off their state pride! The charm is in the shape of Michigan’s lower peninsula with a hand-stamped heart and is strung on a sterling silver chain with a freshwater pearl.
The “Peas in a Pod” necklace for Moms – Elegant, hand-sculpted pea pod charms made from fine pewter and filled with freshwater pearl “peas”- one to represent each of the wearer’s children. So cute for Mother’s Day! Available in 1, 2, 3 or 4 “pea” versions.
For the Reader: Peeper’s Readers
Our Peeper’s reading glasses have an entirely new display that makes it easy to quickly see all the entirely new line. As someone who wears glasses, I know that eyewear can be especially difficult to choose because they visually represent your personality. Peepers Readers has exceeded my expectations by staying on top of trends while staying affordable – and they all come with an adorable suede sleeve!
Next time you’re in Downtown Royal Oak, stop by for a visit and see us. We’d be glad to show you what’s new in our Jewelry Department. New items are arriving daily!