In honor of our birthmonth, Anthology's birth month that is, we are getting ready to install our birthday celebration window in early March. Can you believe it is almost a year since we opened? Sachi and I were just talking about this yesterday; time flies it's true. We're still debating exactly how to celebrate and what the window will look like, but Sachi thought we should share all our customer comments, to celebrate our customers and especially everyone who likes us, who really likes us. Time to get out the happy book. We keep it by the cash register and when someone is happy with the store, we write down what they said and when I am feeling grumpy, I can just open the book up and be reminded of people who I've had a positive effect on. A few months after we opened, I posted some quotations from customers. I thought there was another similar post somewhere, but I can't seem to find it. So, here's some more happy quotations. You can stop reading whenever you feel like. I'm entering the entire book so I have them all typed up for whatever form they will take in our window. I feel so lucky that we've been so enthusiastically received. We are still new enough that people are coming into the store for the first time, but more people know about us enough that I hear them as they walk by: "that's a really great shop/I like that shop/we should go in there." To everyone, THANKS! I love the people that appreciate our store, but I especially love it when someone says that we have inspired them to go home and work on an art project. This happens weekly. How lucky are we?
"I could spend all day in here."
"This is the best store. Ever."
"Your store is awesome. I'm like, where am I? Am I in New York?"
"Oh my gosh. I want everything I see."
"We love this store. Last time we were here my daughter said we should come back with pounds of money."
"Madison has needed a place like this."
"I love this store!"
"I'm so glad we came in here!"
"This is a sweet store; I've been anxious to come in."
Dad:"I'll bring my daughters here. They'll go crazy. This reminds me of a New York city store."
"This is like my own personal Faustian dilemma."
"Kudos! What a great idea! You've turned some great hobbies into a neat shop."
"They make things here. Very cool things."
"This is a really cute store."
a minute later, someone else: "I agree, this IS a cute store!"
(guy)"this would be a fun place to bring a date."
"I LOVE this store. We should have come here for Sally's present."
"What a wonderful way to spend your day. I wish I worked here."
"This is a nice space!"
"Your store is lovely... it speaks of... tender loving care."
"The girls have been talking and talking about this place."
(lady pointing to young girl)"this is her dream shop. Every day she draws the dress in the window."
"We will come here more often."
"Gasp! I'm gone a week and you change everything around!"
"What a fun bunch of stuff!"
"Super fun store!"
"Oh, that place is super cute!"
"This is an AWE-SOME place!"
"I could spend a lot more time in here. This is great."
"Oh my god! What a cute idea!"
"What a happy little store!"
“Isn’t it fun! Everything is just so fun!”
“Your store is adorable.”
(from a 5th Ave NY resident) “Your store is merchandized beautifully.”
“I love this store!”
“I love this store. I feel so cultured.”
“If I’d known you were here, I’d have been here all day.”
“They shouldn’t send another woman in here to get you. We’ll all be lost in the abyss.”
“We need one of these in Tampa!”
“I just loved your shop. Congratulations!”
“This is so satisfying. Everything is so gorgeous.”
“I will be back ‘cause I’m madly in love with this store.”
“Oh. My. God. This is such a cute store!”
(6 year old girl) “Whoa.... it’s gorgeous.”
“This is way better than the candy store.”
“clever little shop”
"You are so clever. It's like living your dream, isn't it?"
"This is gorgeous. Just gorgeous. This is oxygen! Thank you for letting us come in."
"What an amazing store."
"Oh my god. This is like crack."
"The store of my dreams..."
"What a cute concept!"
"I think about this shop All. The. Time. You have no idea."
"I'm so glad I found you. I practice art therapy. There's something very similar here to what I do - encouraging people to be creative with anything and everything."
"You could make a lot of money with this in Chicago."
"You could make this work in Missoula. I think you could franchise."
"Have a good day. I don't know how you couldn't in this beautiful store."
(on the way out) "That is the greatest store ever."
"I really need to get back into crafts. This store is really inspiring me."
"This is just what I needed. With my new job I forgot."
"We could really use a place like this where I live."
"I heart arts and crafts! Seriously, you don't understand what arts n crafts does to my heart. It, like, makes it explode."
"This is the coolest little store. It just draws you in."
"This is an overwhelming store. I didn't bring enough money to State Street."
"This is one of the coolest stores ever."
"Mom, I think I could live in this store."
"How long has this store been here? It's so exciting!"
"I love your shop. This is very very cool. I can't stand it. I just want to do art now."
"I just want, like, everything in this store."
"I love this place. It's a very calm, welcoming energy."
"I'm so happy to be here."
"When you first opened, my mother in law sent me the newspaper article, with all the key points highlighted."
"This is the coolest store I've been in all day."
"Congratulations. This is such a precious place. It feels happy just being here."
"Great little store."
"This whole store is just darling."
"This store is a-DOR-able!"
"You have the coolest store that I've ever seen."
"I'm just feasting on all the things to look at."
"Thank you for a wonderful afternoon adventure."
"This store is FanTAStic"
"I feel like we're going to be here every day."
"This place is radical." (poetry slammer)
"I think I'm in love."
"This place has my number. It looks like what my dreams looke like. This is a hot proverb. Listen, those who steal have guilty hearts. That's hot."
"This store is HOT!"
"I think this is my new favorite store. This will be the place I get all my gifts."
"I could just die from the cuteness in here."
"This shop is AMAZING!!"
"Oh. This place is adorable. I think you will love it."
"This must be the best shop we've visited so far."
"Everything in this store is so cute."
"This is super creative."
"Oh my god. Look at how busy you guys are! This is awesome!"
"We do all the things you think you'll do but won't. That's a great store concept."
"This store has all those things that make you say, 'I can do that,' But you never do so you might as well buy it now."
"I'm in the button store."
"Wow. This is the best store ever."
"This store has such a great vibe."
"It's inspiring. It makes you want to go home and do something."
"Oh! I love that store. It's so cute!"
"This is a really really fun place."
"What an amazing store!"
"This store just kills me. It's so cute!"
"I can't stop looking."
"Where do you find all your cool stuff?"
"This is dynamite! It grabbed me right off the street!"
"Cute little shop! I love it!"
9 year old girls: "Dad's outside? He's not so into this prettiness?"
"Mom! This is, like, awesome!"
"This is my favorite store."
"This might be a gift store for your birthday."
"I could spend all day in here!"
"What a fun store!" "I know! I love it here!"
"There's so much pretty stuff here."
"This is so magical. You are such an artist."
"A girl from the hotel said I should come here. She said 'you just gotta check it out! you've never seen anything like it!"
"I love this place!"
"this is my new favorite store"
"They have such unique things here!"
"I love love love your shop. It's my new favorite."
"I feel like I could spend my whole paycheck here."
"This is where I'm going to buy all of my birthday presents from now on... forever."
"This place is so pretty. It's like a scrapbooking inspiration shop."
"Fun to see such a great shop!"
"This would be a cute little place to work."
"I'm so depressed! I want to move in! I wish we'd discovered this place earlier."
"Everything is so beautiful in here!"
"What a fun little shop!"
"This is such a cool little store!"
"You run this with your sister? That's so cool!"
"You have everything so icely placed. It's very cute. Very inviting."
"This is the cutest idea ever. So clever."
"This is actually real tight." (in a complimentary tone of voice)
"I was gone three years. This is a lovely surprise. I'm so happy."
"I don't come in here enough. It's so happy."
"This is an adorable little store."
"Your house must be fantastic."
"This must be the coolest store ever."
"I tell you, the creative juju in here. It's something."
"I took a 5 minute break. I gotta get back to work but I can't stop looking."
"This is an awesome store. It's so inspiring. It makes me want to go home and be artsy."
"I'm overwhelmed. I have to come back."
"Your store is so gorgeous."
(the men are in a rush) "Oh sh**. Well, you guys will just have to drop me off here tomorrow."
"I'm at that store.. .Anthology. You know, where they have all that cute stuff that adds up real fast."
"You guys are so accomodating."
"I'm Kyle. This is Brenna. We're here every weekend so you might as well know us by name."
"You guys are rock stars!"
(on phone) "I don't know what it's called, but it's cute."
"Oh my gosh. I'm going to have a seizure from all this wonderful stuff."
"I could spend a lot of time in here. Just let my imagination run."
"I love this. The attention to detail. It's good."
"Everything in here is just incredibly cute."
"I love this store. It's so overwhelming."
(on phone) "Hello? Yeah. We're in that cool shop you told me about. It's right up my alley."
"This is. really. incredibly different. I'm so glad we braved the crowds. You're amazing, Do you ever thing about opening other stores? You could be Paper Source."
"My girlfriend has been bugging me to come here and craft and I keep saying no, no, no, but now I totally have to come back."
"This is the coolest store. Hello!!"
"Is this your place? You guys are awesome!"
"This is a really neat shop. It's so fun."
"You thought of this store all on your own?! I'm so proud of you!"
"Very clever. Very clever."
"This is the. best. store."
"Oh my god. This place is so cute."
"Look at this place!"
"hot diggety dog diggety!"
(on xmas shopping) "I honestly could buy something for every person here!"
"Yeah, I know. One-stop shopping."
"This is, like, the BEST birthday store!"
"People are so creative. I absolutely love it."
"This store is so much fun."
"Very. clever. place!"
"I've never seen someplace like this that's local. I'm telling everyone I know to come here and get me gift cards for Christmas."
(to passerby) "Greatest store ever in case you are wondering."
"This place is awesome."
"Ohmygosh. She's gonna FLIP out."
"There's too much to look at. Sensory overload!"
"This store is really charming and fantastic."
"We don't mind hanging out here. It's a lovely vibe."
"What a great store. Fun and creative."
(yelling outside while passing by)"That is such a cute store!"
"I'm feeling very inspired now."
"I've never seen a shop like this."
"Very cool! Very artistic!"
"Way fun! I'm sending people here!"
"Oh, what a lovely pair you are! This is a lovely store!"
"I have never been in a store like this. It's really neat."
"I love this place. It's adorable. I need a bigger paycheck."
"This is like the coolest store I've ever seen."
"Everywhere you look there's something new. and pretty. and cool."
"This is a one-of-a-kind store."
"You can come here and make crafts. It's the cutest thing ever."
"This is so clever!"
"If you ever want to get me a Christmas present, pretty much anything in this store will work."
"I could have shopped here for two hours."
"It must be nice to get to do what you like for a living."
"Oh, let's go in here. I love this little shop."
"You are officially my new favorite store."
"How much fun did we just have?" "Lots and lots."
"It's such a quirky little place. Thank you!"
"Ok! You seduced me!"
"This store is amazing. I love everything."
"Everything here is just so darn cute."
"Oh! This.is.so. COOL!"
"Is this the cutest store ever?"
"It's overwhelmingly sensory in here."
"You really could spend all day and not see everything."
"This is heaven."
"This is adorable."
"No wonder my husband hasn't told me about you guys."
"This is like a dream. How happy are you to wake up every day and come to work?!"
"This is fun. It's like eye candy - just not the fattening kind."
"You guys have a great shop. It gets me creative again."
"This is the best store I've been in in my life. Thank you! Thank you!"
"Oh my god. I'm home. I love it here."
"I'm totally enthralled."
"You guys just make stuff all day? That's pretty awesome."
"Wanna have a crafternoon?"
"Ok, this is my new favorite store."
"You've been open since March?! I could just kick myself. How many times have I walked by?"
"Everything in here is so cool. I love it."
"This is the kind of place you have to spend a lot of time in or you'll miss a lot."
"May you have YEARS of success."
"You guys just get to play all day at work, don't you? No fair."
"This is the best little store!"
"So many cute things in here. It's terrible."
"Congratulations on a wonderful store!"
"There's so much to look at. I don't know where to begin."
"This is the best gift store in Madison. It's so reasonably priced and everything is so cute."
"I'm in love with this store!"
"Everywhere I look I'm in joy."
"Oh man, I've hit the jackpot. I'm overstimulated."
"This is the best store. Ever."
"Everything is so filled with love."
"Guys, are you ready? This is my all time favorite store."
"This is by far one of the most charming stores I've been to. There should be some sort of prize."
"This is so freakin' adorable."
"Oh my! My art muse is just filling up."
"I'm so bringing you and Dad here for my birthday shopping."
"You just have the coolest eye. Everything is so wild. I love it."
"You guys are the death of my paycheck."
"This place is wonderful! We are so lucky."
"My mom's gonna fall in love with this store."
"That's my favorite store in Madison."
"It's fun but it's also set up so cute too."
"I'm totally revved up. I haven't been this creative since I was 6 years old. The doily thoughts are flowing. I've just discovered my calling to make really great handcrafted Valentines. Here I wasted all those years wearing black and hating the 14th."
"It's so awesome. It make sme so happy."
Mom: "We should have come here first!"
Daughter: "I know. I told you so."
"This store is great. It's like my brain."
"I'm gonna be up all night."
"Now I want to go home immediately and do stuff."
"Your store, swear to God, it's making people want to MAKE stuff."
"Great creative energy in here. What a happy place."
"I'm gonna go home and TWINKLE!"
"Yeah, go in. You'll like it."
"You can buy me anything from here anytime."