Hello out there! My name is Will Delano. I’m Mary’s son/trusted employee/biggest fan and this week I’ll be your guest blogger on the Engelblog. My mom is a busy lady, what with all her important business stuff and fancy meetings– not to mention all the drawing (always with the drawing!). Anyway, it’s not always easy for her to find time to write this blog, so I thought I’d step in and lend a hand. Besides, I’ve got a few things I’d like to talk about.
It’s a little known fact that our official online store has been owned and operated by a third party since it opened on our website about ten years ago– that is to say up until a few months ago, when my mother made the decision to bring it in-house and do the thing ourselves. I’m proud to say that she’s tasked me with getting this new endeavor of hers’ up and running, and has even given me a shiny new job title (which might come in handy at my upcoming high school reunion). I immediately went out, rented a warehouse and hired my best friend, Ian Dalrymple, because let’s face it, nepotism is nothing new to me. I’m kidding. I hired him because he’s basically the hardest working person I’ve ever known– perhaps, second only to his lovely fiancé, Joanne, who is the most AMAZING administrative director in ME Studios history, and quite possibly the world.
Ian and I have been friends since kindergarten and in all our many adventures over the years I can safely say that we’ve never started a business before. We’re learning as we go, and we’re learning a lot. Quickly. It’s very important to both of us that the new Mary Engelbreit Store is a success when it’s launched on October 10th—and not just because it’ll make us look good! No, we look good enough already. It’s because this company is important to us, my mother’s work is important to us and, most importantly, my mother is important to us. And I really think you’re going to see the difference that makes when we launch the new site. On October 10th. Which is Monday. Did I mention that the new site launches on October 10th?
Now, I’m not going to lie to you good people; mistakes might be made along the way. That stuff happens. Like I said, we’re new to this whole thing and figuring it out as we go along– but I can assure you that we’re doing our very best to make your shopping experience on our site as pleasant and hassle-free as we possibly can, and we’ll keep right on doing our best until we have the greatest Mary Engelbreit Store that the world has ever known! Point is, this site will never stop getting better. Just to start things off, we focused primarily on Christmas items and the best sellers that you can’t live without, like ME calendars and a few exclusive items that I’ll talk about a little more in a sec, BUT– eventually we will carry the ENTIRE line of ME products, without exception. If she makes it, we’ll have it. Period.
Now, let’s talk exclusives. We wanted to have a few special things lined up for opening day, so first, we had these vintage-looking tote bags made that will only be available on our site:
We printed these with an up-and-coming little company located right here in St. Louis, called Knollwood Lane, and we’re really happy with how they turned out. Next, we printed our own bundled greeting cards, just in time for the Holidays:
These come in eight different designs, each design shrink-wrapped (to save a tree or two) with eight cards and eight envelopes, so you can send them to your friends and family and maybe some neighbors that you don’t really like, but feel obligated or something. These will also be exclusively available on our site.
And last-but-not-least, we’ll be printing our own lithographs and fine prints! We’re starting out with a limited number of designs and will expand on that number over time, but we hope to eventually be able to offer ANY drawing or illustration my mother has ever done. EVER. Framed or un-framed. How cool would that be?
Well I’d better get back to work. Lots of stuff to do before October 10th.
P.S. OCTOBER 10th!