Friday, November 30, 2012

2012 Gift Guide: For the Host(ess)!

Can you believe the Holiday season is upon us once again? Neither can I. But, man am I glad. I love this time of year and all the festivities that come along with it. I hope this season finds you bouncing from open house to cookie-decorating party to soiree all month long. Because, really, who doesn't love a reason to get together, nosh on bite-size delicacies and sip sparkling bevvies with pals?

So, in preparation for all those fabulous parties, without further ado, I present the first of our 2012 Gift Guides: For the Host(ess)

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1. Sydney Hale hand-poured soy candles (variety of scents $27)
2. Fabric buckets (variety of sizes & colors/patterns $12-$69)
3. Handheld Pies book ($19.95)
4. Note pads (variety of styles $9-$12)
5. Screen-printed linen napkins, set of 2 (variety of designs $28)
6. Watercolor-inspired desk calendar ($20)
7. Orla-Kiely ceramic plant pot (variety of colors/sizes $23-$39)

And, of course, we have boat-loads more gifties and goodies for you to choose from for your favorite party-thrower and oodles of Thank You notes to send post-extravaganza. So stop on by and stock-up so you can attend your soirees in style this season.  xoxo to you, you party people!

Monday, November 26, 2012

send your holiday wishes...

Evening guys & gals!

Me here... burning the late-night flame on our first weeknight of holiday hours (woot woot!)
How are you all feeling after the craziness of last weekend?
We all enjoyed our holiday on Thursday immensely and were THRILLED and super thankful to see so many of you out shopping local on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. We feel so lucky that you took your time to come shop with us, and hope that you realize that we'll continue to work hard all season to keep the shop bright, peppy, and full of goodies that are just the right fit for everyone on your holiday list.
That's sort of why I'm writing actually. I realized today that with the fact that Thanksgiving was located a touch early on the calendar this year, I have (what feels like) a bit of extra time to get my holiday cards out... which means that YOU DO TOO!

We brought in a really varied selection of boxed holiday cards this year, and while many of you have come in to make your choices already, I know that there are a handful of you still deciding on what avenue to take. Holiday stationery can be so tricky - do you go traditional and sweet, fun and festive... or do you really take a step out of the box and try to get a laugh out of the recipient?
Do you send the same cards to everyone or hand select each and every one?
Don't even get me started on deciding what holiday stamps to buy!

I've taken a moment to pull together some of my absolute favorite holiday cards tonight for a little... oh, how do you say...
round up!
Yes, yes. That's it.
Just the trick.
A holiday card round up!
I have to say too though, come and get yours while the gettin's good  ;)


 photos courtesy of Eggpress, Smock, Dee & Lala, Hammerpress, Rifle Paper Co. and Bears Eat Berries

Big holiday smooches (on the cheek of course, don't be crazy!) to every last one of ya!
XO Lizzy

Monday, November 19, 2012

Goodie Boxes are BACK for Black Friday & Small Business Saturday!

Join us on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday as we usher in the holiday season with fun, festivities & savings! We had such a blast last year with the goodie box giveaway, that we're bringing it back this year!

Friday, November 23 & Saturday, November 24
• We'll be open extended ours from 9am-9pm and will have coffee and treats for the morning crowd as we kick-off the holiday season.

• Get 10% OFF your entire purchase when you mention this email or any of our Facebook, Twitter or blog posts about the event.*

• The chance to WIN one of 15 goodie boxes BURSTING with some of our favorite products from around the shop.  Each box is valued at over $100** and these gems are even better than last year, if you can believe it!

• On Saturday, November 24, show your support for small businesses by shopping & dining local during Small Business Saturday.  Read all about the initiative HERE.

Thank you
As always, we want to pause and take a moment to say thank you to you, our customers, friends and families for your incredible support and inspiration. We wish you a joyous and delicious Thanksgiving and look forward to seeing you throughout the holidays.

Holiday Hours
Starting this coming weekend (Sunday, November 25th), we'll extend our hours for the holiday season for your shopping convenience. Find the complete holiday hour schedule HERE.

*Discount applicable on in-store purchases only.  Excludes custom orders and gift certificates. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Be sure to mention the email/posts as this is only offered to you, our best customers!
**1 chance to win per customer, per day with purchase. 15 boxes will be given away each day for a total of 30 boxes and over $3,000 in product!!

Holiday Hours and a Thanksgiving message!

Happy Thanksgiving week, all! I hope you're gearing up for a holiday full of delicious food, laughter with friends and family and keeping warm in cozy sweaters at the football game. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love to cook so there is that aspect of the day; but, really, it's the tradition of pausing at the start of the nutty holiday season to count your blessings, to give thanks and to enjoy the simple pleasures of family, friends and home-cooked meals. It's pretty magical, if you ask me.

And, again this year, we are so very thankful for you all. We are thankful for your continued support, for your friendship, and for the inspiration you provide to us all year long.  We know that we are the luckiest gals to have each and every one of you.  From our Gus & Ruby home to yours, happiest of Thanksgivings!

During the holidays, our store hours will change a bit to provide the most convenient shopping experience, so please find those below. Again, our sincerest thanks to you this season and always; we hope to see you throughout the joyous season ahead!

HOLIDAY STORE HOURS (effective Sunday, November 25th)
Sunday, November 25th through Sunday, December 16th:
Sunday - 10am to 6pm
Monday - Thursday - 10am to 7pm
Friday & Saturday - 10am to 9pm

Monday, December 17th through Sunday, December 23rd:
Monday to Thursday - 9am to 7pm
Friday & Saturday - 9am to 9pm
Sunday - 10am-9pm

Hours back to normal Wednesday December 26th:
Monday -Saturday 10am - 6pm
Sunday 10am-5pm

Closing early Wednesday November 21 @4pm
Closing early Monday December 24th @ 4pm
Closed all day Tuesday December 25th
Closing early December 31th @ 4pm
Closed all day Tuesday January 1st

(Photos courtesy of Style Me Pretty Thanksgiving Guide)

Sunday, November 18, 2012

best stocking stuffer ever...

Afternoon pals...

This product update has a little bit of personal background to it... fun, I know :)

I have always wanted to get a tattoo.
I can't imagine I'm the ONLY ONE who has ever had a hankering to get a tattoo and put it off every time the opportunity arose. Right?
I guess there's something about the idea of having an small, intricate "accessory" like a tattoo with you in life, forever... just a little detail or design that reminds you every day of something that is uniquely important to you.

For me, the hesitation to committing to a tattoo is the process by which you have the tattoo applied to your skin. I get a little nervous around needles... BUT! I figured the following is about as good a deterrant as exists in the world...

Pals, I'd like to introduce you to Tattly.
Tattly, this is everyone.
Ya'll are going to be good friends.
Trust me :)

Tattly was started by a clever woman named Tina Roth Eisenberg, who decided after years of putting tacky, cheap fake tattoos on her kid that there had to be a better option! So she started to design her own :) We love Tattly for all of the quirky, fun designs that they offer... not to mention Smash tried one of these suckers out this weekend and it looks LEGIT!

I love the idea of purchasing these especially for certain friends as little package toppers this holiday season. Or bundling a few together as stocking stuffers for the kiddos in your life?

I mean really, who doesn't want fake knuckle tattos?!

Hope you're as pumped about the tatts as I am :)
Happy Sunday and here's to the coming weeks being full of family, friends and delicious food!
xo Lizzy

Friday, November 2, 2012

Ring in the season at our Holiday Wish List Event!

Join us Thursday, November 15th, 6:30-8:30pm for a fabulous, private shopping event at Gus & Ruby Letterpress as we kick-off the holiday season!! 

Enjoy a festive cocktail, munch sweet treats and get a head start on those holiday shopping lists while enjoying 15% OFF your entire purchase! The shop will be stocked with all sorts of fabulous new goodies and you'll get a first look and first dibs at what's in store.

Most importantly, you'll also have the chance to create a Gus & Ruby Wish List of all those items you're hoping will find their way under your tree this year. Think of it as a holiday gift registry! We'll then keep your list on file to help out those friends and family on the hunt for a perfect gift. If you like, we'll even email the list to those people to tip them off. And, that's not all, if 3 or more items are purchased off your wish list during the holiday season, we'll mail YOU a 15% off coupon to use in 2013.  You get what you've been wishing for and your family gets stress-free shopping. Really, it's a win-win!

Space is limited to the first 30 people to respond, so be sure to RSVP (email with "November 15th rsvp" in the subject line) right away! We can't wait to jingle and mingle with you as we usher in a joyous holiday season!