I opened the shop in September of 1987. For those of you old enough to remember, October 19th, 1987 was Black Monday. So began the journey. Opening a new shop with relatively unknown merchandise (a store full of Filofax) meant I had no idea of what lay ahead.
Thirty-two years later, I know more about retail, but once again, I have no certainty of what is ahead. Everything is changing, every day.
Our priority above all is for our staff, friends and customers to stay safe, stay healthy and stay positive. Show your love: keep your distance. Practice self-care and wash your hands. Look out for your family, friends and neighbours.
You are probably staying home… and going through a lot these days. You may want to consider journaling. It may help make sense of all of this. Writing longhand can be very therapeutic. And at the end you will have a record of your thoughts, experiences and feelings of these world-changing events.
Maybe now is the time to get back to writing letters. You know that feeling when a handwritten letter shows up in your mailbox. Spread that joy around.
What we can offer is this:
We have notebooks, journals, stationery and sketchbooks. We have pens, ink and pencils. And we can get them to you, and same day if possible. We are working to get more of these products up on our website.
We now have free shipping across Canada for purchases of $50 (before tax) and higher. For our friends in the US, the free-shipping threshold has dropped from C$200 to $100 (which is about US$70!).
And when you can, please support your local small businesses. Like us, many have online shops and or will take your orders the old-fashioned way, over the phone! And like us, they are all working very hard to stay viable.
Why not get take-out from your favourite restaurants? They too really need your help.
And, in these unprecedented times, please remember to take care of your
mental health as well— we are social creatures and unused to being alone for such long stretches. Do something you love and remember the power of creativity.
Take care of yourselves and your families, and we'll look forward to welcoming you back into the store as soon as it is safe to do so.
~ Peter Laywine
Hi Peter and dear crew members,
This is the best and the kindest note I’ve read during this pandemic – I hope you all are doing well.
Laywine’s is the best place and I’m so glad that the store is staying strong in this toughest time which has been around 8 months now.
Can’t agree enough with journaling. I definitely have to be more disciplined about regular journaling.
For now, I’m looking forward to Christmas and new year and the best surprises I can find at the store with the hope that next year will be nicer to everyone.
Stay safe and strong!
We think you and your store is wonderful, and are happy and grateful that you are hanging on through the plague months.
Wishing you all the best in these difficult times. Looking forward to visiting your shop when things return to normal. I never know what I need but always discover something I must have whenever I visit.
Thanks, Peter, stay safe and be well. Hope this will all be over soon!
I wondered how you and the store were coping during These Strange Times. Turns out you’ve upgraded the website! A lot! I think that means you’re okay. And it’s true – this is the time for me to whip out and use all my pens, paper and ink that I’ve bought over the years at Laywine’s. :) Happy to report that I’m journalling as a form of self-care. Sending my love, remotely.
Stay safe and stay well.
And i shall at some point soon place an order for delivery. There is much to draw upon.
I’ve been a loyal patron since you opened, Peter… and that won’t end any time soon. Laywine’s is my all time favourite shop in Toronto. Pretty good for a NY gal:)
Look forward to checking out your website.
Thank you.. and be well. All if you
Thanks Peter, I agree that writing longhand now is even more important.