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Monday, October 24, 2011

Reflecting in an Empty Garage



It's been two years since we started carrying fountain pen stuff, and we've moved our business from our dining room to our guest bedroom to half our garage to the whole garage....now off-site in a commercial space. Having an empty garage and a house that's now just a 'normal' house, I'm reflecting on the last two years of Goulet Pens and all that's happened in this small (now empty) space.

21 comments:

  1. Great video.  Kind of sad to see the old shop empty, but what a wonderful thing that your company is so successful that you had to move to a bigger space.  We're all behind you!

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  2. Congratulations on the move and the growth of your business. I remember watching my first Ink Nouveau video, in your dining room, and thinking how jealous I was that you had all that awesome Clairefontaine paper and J. Herbin inks to play with. I wish you every success for the expansion of your business, and your family. I sincerely think of your company as a role model for successful businesses to be inspire by. Take care, and best wishes for the new era.

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  3. Congratulations!  May you continue to grow your business.

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  4. I'm feeling SO nostalgic right now!!  I cannot believe how much ink is on that desk :)  I have SO many memories, especially in the half garage, and moving to the full garage... but most of my memories are in the half garage, the days of late night packing until 2 or 3am (oh look, it's 2:12am now while I write this!) and listening to access clubbing 2 (RIP) and pulling packages.  I'm so thrilled to see your exponential growth and although I'm sad I can't be an active part of it anymore, I have loved being part of your journey and watching your journey from the beginning.  As a small business owner, I am inspired and challenged!!  Bing bang bong!

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  5. Awww.... that is a GREAT pic of Rachel when she was a teen.  She had (and has) great hair!!!

    I think the first thing that really got me into the "Goulet Show" was your energy.  I didn't really need to start buying ink again.  Really.  Or so I thought.  But watching your dreams take off and evolve was very exciting.  It IS very exciting.  I appreciate your guys sharing so much of it with everyone.

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  6. Dear Goulet Family, I managed to find the time to watch all your videos and listen to the podcasts. I greatly enjoy the Mom & Pop feel of your service and share your passion for these beautiful pens and inks. Thank you for taking the extra time to always share the knowledge with us. This latest video feels like the season ender from a favourite series. The empty garage made me a bit sad. But this means there's a new season, right? I salute you all. Write on.

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  7. Feels odd to have been with you from the start. It's a new day and I'm thrilled you're doing so well.

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  8. Congrats guys!  On the new space and the hopes of returning to your woodworking roots!

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  9. Wonderful reflection, Brian! Thanks for sharing that journey with us...and all the very best for continued success and growth as you wish.

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  10. It is kind of sad! But that's okay, it'll be nice to have it back for our personal life. Soon it'll be filled with packs of diapers and woodworking tools :)

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  11. Wow, thank you so much! I know, back then it really seemed like a lot of stuff that I had just on those few bookshelves, it kind of blows my mind how far we've come since then. I really appreciate your extremely kind words, I'm humbled!

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  12. Embrace the martian!! Thanks Bekah, we definitely have fond memories with you in there, like blasting techno music with blacklights on while we unpacked our very first Noodler's order, trying to figure out all the crazy abbreviations on the boxes!

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  13. Thank you! And that's what I tell her...I love her hair :)

    I'm so glad our passion is contagious, we really love what we do. Getting to play with pens and inks every day really is a dream :D The least I can do is share it.

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  14. Thank you for watching! I'm always amazed that anyone can sit there an watch me for all that time. I certainly have a healthy stock of videos at this point! I know, it is a little sad to see that empty garage, but I'm also really hopeful. Especially at a time when other pen stores are closing up shop, we're growing and expanding our lines and bringing new excited helpers on board. It's only going to get better from here, I promise :)

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  15. I know! It seems like so long, yet so short at the same time :)

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  16. I hope so! I had to give up the woodworking in such a rush, I never really got to mourn the loss. I've been flipping through some Wood magazine issues again, thinking about what I'd like to do when I get the time again. Still though, it's going to take a little while to set everything back up.....then we have our daughter coming in December so I know my time will be limited!

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  17. You're very welcome :) I'm happy to share and will continue to do so.

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  18. Congratz guys! If anyone deserves success it's you. Does this mean you're in a brick-n-mortar shop now?

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  19. Thanks!! And nope, it's just office/warehouse space to support the online business. We may allow local pickup in the near future once we're a little more settled, but we're not a physical retail shop. Online only! :)

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