Sorry, guys. We still love you and would turn to you if ever privy to a terrorist threat or time-bending moral crisis with political overtones. But we are neglecting you tonight for our other hero.
Mike the Printer (we would pull out a Joe the Plumber joke but think that the statute of limitations on that one is pretty much definitely up.)
But seriously, Mike really is Junky Heirloom's official hero.
Six months ago, we had started down this whole path and knew we really wanted to do Junky Heirloom. Problem was, we added up all the costs that would be involved with the production of an initial run of our line-- a requirement for going to the Stationery Show and showcasing our work in a way that people would get excited about. And those numbers were not even possible.
While we were trying to figure out what to do, Kristin (being the wee crafty one that she is) approached Mike (who she knew from other projects) at Salt Lake Printing and Mailing. We showed him a rough business plan and some samples of the pieces we were developing. And he agreed to comp us the production of our initial run. That's not all, though. He has been an invaluable resource for advice and encouragement throughout this whole process and is just an overall good dude. Junky Heirloom would literally not be happening without his help.
So, as we're working tonight to finish things up in preparation to meet with Mike tomorrow for our final press check, we are saluting the wind beneath our paper wings.
We are two best friends in the thick of starting our own stationery company together, Junky Heirloom. We are set to unveil it all at the National Stationery Show in New York from May 17-20. This is going to be a serious adventure. Seriously.