Pictures of the New Shop

also known as: Jon & Liz Getting Their Act Together

We had our grand opening weekend! For a little while, it looked like we might never open, but instead just go up in flames, but here we are!

I think there were some subway closures, and we were a bit worried about people having a hard time finding the shop, but we were lucky to have great weather and a few folks coming out to say hi.

We’ve still got a few things left on the to-do list, but I’m pretty sure we’ll always have a few things on it. In fact, we just got the “real” lights installed by the electrician today, although we broke a few bulbs installing the string lighting, so we need to work on those. We’ve yet to find the box of Platinum Cools or the Jinhaos, and I was pretty sure we had more Apache Sunset somewhere, but the thought of digging through the boxes of Noodler’s inks is going to require a stronger cup of coffee.

Here are a few pictures of the new shop. These are actually mostly pictures from before the shop even opened on Saturday, as we still have ladders and brooms out. Saturday and Sunday were packed and just flew by, so I’m glad we got a few snaps before time got away from us.









Even the baby got in on the celebration.

And a special treat! We made a short video of part of the renovations. Actually, among many other things, we are missing the piece that attaches the camera to a tripod, so I had to prop it up on the windowsill. I used to make videos with my students all the time, and putting this all together brought me back to the days of asking students how to insert this or change that and how come it’s like this. I do not remember, however, it taking so long to figure out how to upload something to YouTube. I thought advancing technology was supposed to make things easier…

You can see all sorts of exciting things, like a plant blocking the view of the camera, Jon climbing ladders in his slippers (safety first, Jon!), and footprints in the sawdust everywhere.

Also, I’m pretty sure there is some camera functionality that takes pictures every five minutes or something, but I’m more of the point-and-shoot type, so it was me running to the camera to press the shutter every time I remembered. There are some giant chunks missing, like when I’m being super helpful and participating in the setting up (you know, handing things to Jon, taking the dog out…), or when I’d just forgotten to take some photos. I wish I had gotten more of the renovations! It would have been fun to see the space from it’s completely original state, but I hope you enjoy the video in any case, and the new space! 

20 thoughts on “Pictures of the New Shop

  1. BrianK

    Hi Liz & Jon: Your new shop is lovely. It’s so big and spacious, and I love the way you’ve arranged things. You have lots of room to spread out; in fact, you could probably host an auto show there!

    I’m loving the new Kaweco brown Sport pen, and the Diamine Raw Sienna is a beautiful light brown, possibly like a toffee or mocha brown. Even with the extra-fine nib of the Sport pen, I’m still getting some nice shading, and the nib is butter-smooth. And that surprised me when I tried an EF nib in the shop, because I’ve found EF nibs are sometimes on the scratchy side. Thanks again for your help, and continued success in the new place.

    1. Wonder Pens Post author

      Thanks so much for your visit! It was great to see you again. We are loving the new space, and pretty excited that we have a bit of room to grow, now! We’ve got a few ideas in mind for how to use the new space. And I’m glad that you are liking the Raw Sienna, I will have to give it a try. It sounds like the perfect match for the brown Kaweco Sport. Thanks again for your visit, and for your support – we really appreciate it 🙂

  2. Danielle P.

    What a beautiful shop, and the Dickens quote simply makes it even more perfect!

    Although I’m not in a position to visit, I’ll be placing an order shortly, and smiling that it’ll be packed in your brand new space!

    1. Wonder Pens Post author

      Thank you for reading! Yes, we will be packing orders in our new space now 🙂 Thanks so much for your support and for following along with our journey 🙂

    1. Wonder Pens Post author

      Thank you for the visit! I hope you like the new notebook 🙂 And thanks for the link! It’s always interesting to read about new pens!

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