COVID-19 Statement

Dear valued customers and friends, 

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.

Best regards, 
~ Peter Laywine

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