Constellation & Co. 2018 Year In Review
The tallest building in Seattle became a stockist for C&Co. greeting cards
We started selling Lamy pens in the brick & mortar shop
Sara shared some real talk about being a small business owner on Instagram that went a little bit viral
Appeared on King5 News in a segment about letter writing
Guest on The Postcardist Podcast
Guest on the podcast Let’s Talk About It with Taylor Nolan
Our incredible snail mail community helped to crowd fund Sara’s trip to the National Stationery Show
Sara took a road trip to Vancouver, BC with two friends & met up with a Snail Mail Superstar YouTube subscriber
important words in 2018: delight, hope, grief, snail mail, connection
Our Team in 2018
This year, our beloved letterpress printer, Brooke, started her own private therapy practice!
This summer, we had way too much fun with Sara’s sister & summer intern, Beth! Her big project this summer was documenting a year of Card Club. We also enjoyed the exuberant company of another lovely Beth, who filled in throughout the year (Once they worked on the same day, & we called it Bethapalooza!). Lara & Haley were also a big help filling in at the shop this year.
In September, we welcomed Michelle to the team! She does a great job running the front desk, helping customers, assisting Sara with marketing, & coming up with out of the box ideas.
On May 23rd, we lost a member of our team to cancer. Our wholesale manager, Chelsa, had been with C&Co. for 4 years. Words will never do her justice. I hope you got to meet her. She became fast friends with everyone she met. Her smile lit up the shop. She made our team a family. She was our dear friend. She’ll always be our Wonder Woman. She loved working at Constellation & Co., & loved communicating with all of you. C&Co. will always be full of her memory, and are doing our best to live with joy every day in her honor. I made this video in the days after her passing, trying to make sense of my grief.
In 2018, our window display got a lot of love!
I had way more fun making this video retrospective than is even appropriate. I hope it makes you smile! I’ll be doing another big giveaway when my YouTube channel hits 500 subscribers - do me a favor & click here to help me reach that goal!
Places Sara Visited in 2018
St. Petersburg, Florida
New York, New York
Sanibel Island, Florida
Vancouver, British Columbia
Sonoma County, California
Los Angeles, California
Whidbey Island, WA
Treehouse Point, Issaquah, WA
Sara’s Favorite Albums in 2018
The Undoing - Stephanie Gretzinger
American VI: Ain’t No Grave - Johnny Cash
Georgica Pond - Johnny Swim
Evening Machines - Gregory Alan Isakov
Tearing at the Seams - Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
Lush - Snail Mail
Sara’s Favorite Books Read in 2018
I Am Radar - Reif Larsen
Year of Yes - Shonda Rhimes
The Signature of All Things - Elizabeth Gilbert
The Bookshop on the Corner - Jenny Colgan
Of Mess and Moxie: Wrangling Delight Out of This Wild and Glorious Life - Jen Hatmaker
We Were the Lucky Ones - Georgia Hunter
The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry - Fredrik Backman
Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race - Debby Irving
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism - Robin DiAngelo
The Most Watched Snail mail superstar Videos on youtube in 2018
$1 Stationery Wish Haul - 5.4K views
Unboxing the New Sailor 1911 Stormy Sea Fountain Pen - 2.1K views
Stationery Gift Box Review - 457 views
An Informal Guide to the Heidelberg Windmill - 433 views
In 2018, Sounders FC won the Cascadia Cup, & it made an unexpected visit to the shop! Thanks, Big Dave!