Constellation & Co. 2018 Year In Review

IN 2018...

  • Our brick & mortar shop celebrated its 4th birthday

  • Constellation & Co. released over 50 new products

  • Sara uploaded 123 videos to her Snail Mail Superstar YouTube channel

  • We welcomed 2 new employees to the team

  • Sara read 53 books & wrote 46,424 words toward her first book

interesting milestones

events

Sara’s Appearances

community

important words in 2018: delight, hope, grief, snail mail, connection

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Our Team in 2018

This year, our beloved letterpress printer, Brooke, started her own private therapy practice!

After 3 years working with us, Meredith set off on her own to focus full time on her photography business & start a new venture, Om Mama Co.!

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.

In September, we also welcomed Molly to the team! She has stepped up in a big way, taking on the lion’s share of our letterpress production work. I made this video about Michelle & Molly’s first day.

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
Portland, Oregon
Sanibel Island, Florida
Vancouver, British Columbia
Sonoma County, California
Los Angeles, California
Naples, Florida
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!

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