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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Goulet's move is done!

Well, it's been a busy week!

We moved our whole shop to expand to a bigger space, about twice what we just moved into only 6 months ago. For this move, we only had to lose 3 days of shipping, which is actually faster than we anticipated things would happen. We packed up the last of the orders we had on Monday and used Tuesday to pack, Wednesday to move, and Thursday to set back up, and we were up and fully operational again on Friday. We were about half-staffed on Saturday, to catch up from the lost shipping time during the week, and we're going to resume this coming week as normal.

Our team had a great attitude during the whole move, and they really showed us how effective hard work and team effort can be when we all have a goal in mind. Be sure to thank them in your order comments if you're going to be ordering from us soon, they all worked really hard and moved a lot of heavy stuff so that we can keep on providing you guys with the writing stuff you love :) We're very quickly settling into our new space and we're getting excited about continuing to grow.

That said, it's still going to be probably a week or so before I'm able to get Ink Nouveau back up to speed. I am in the process of setting up my new studio, which you will soon be able to see in my videos once I get them going again. On top of that, I have a new camera (Canon 5D Mark III) that just came in on Monday, of course right before the move! I got a couple of new lenses, too. I'm learning to use all my new stuff, so expect that I'll be continually improving photography all around for GouletPens.com and Ink Nouveau.

Coincidentally, we also completed a website redesign on GouletPens.com this past week. We didn't plan to have the move and the website changes coincide, it just worked out that way! It's probably best because although we'd been working on the new design for the last month, the actual implementation took the better part of Tuesday and our site had to be down during that time. This week was a bit of organized chaos for us, but we're finding our groove again and getting really pumped to get back into the zone and keep on doing what we do best.

Thanks to you all for continuing to support our store and Ink Nouveau. Our growth would not be possible without your help and support. We're moving to a larger space because we have plans to stick around for a good long while, and continue to grow for the foreseeable future. Thanks for being patient with us on the blog and with emails as we transition, and look for a whole lot more exciting stuff to be coming from the Goulet's and crew :)

Write on!
-Brian

30 comments:

  1. Congrats on the 5D Mk. III Mr. Pro Photographer. ^_^ You and Rachel must be exhausted from doing everyone at such a rapid pace.. 
     I am loving the new interface by the way. Thanks for all the hard work and dedication. Also you guys are extremely talented; hard work, dedication and talent. That's a potent combination.

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  2. Good luck in the new space and thanks for all you do for our hobby/community.

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  3.  Congratulations on the move! Glad to hear that all went smoothly.

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  4. Congratulations on expansion and thank you for being there for our drawing and inking needs!

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  5. Congrats on the move! And on the 5D MkIII.  You can't go wrong with the Canon 100mm IS Macro or the MPE-65 for REAL detailed product shots ;)

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  6. Congrats on the move! And I love the new web sites artwork.

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  7. Wow busy week for you guys. Congrats on the move. I love the new site design. Just visited today and I was like "wow this is cool!". One thing that I've been saying for a long time and I'm not sure is possible with the way your site is built/hosted/set up, is that I'd like to see reviews for products in the category view, before clicking to the product.

    I'm surprised you switched to Canon so quickly, and especially to the MkIII. Isn't that a bit overkill? Believe me I'm just as crazy about photography gear but I believe that the biggest difference is given by lenses, not by camera bodies. Anyway, I can't wait to hear what lenses you got.

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  8. The website looks great, Brian!

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  9. I'm glad that the move went well for you. I love the site redesign!

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  10. Thanks, Rocky! We're really going all out lately, trying to outdo ourselves in just about every area. We've never been ones to sit back and watch others work around us, we like to set a steady pace ;)

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  11. Thank you! We're settling in nicely, faster than I thought even. We're gearing up to continue to do more for the writing community than ever before;) 

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  12. Thanks! It went pretty smooth, even though we had to swap with the company that was in our new space. They were moving into our place as we moved into theirs, it was a bit of chaos!

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  13. You're very welcome, we plan to continue to be there for a good long while :) 

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  14. Thanks! Oh yes, I have the 100mm F/2.8L Macro and will be using it a LOT. I also have the 24-70mm F/2.8L, 24-105mm F/4L, and 50mm F/1.4. I'll be doing a post about my photog stuff pretty soon ;) 

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  15. I'll talk to Rachel and see if we can set that up. It's not a 100% custom site, we go through an e-commerce solution so we don't have 100% control over the features and design. We'll look into it though.

    As for the Canon switch, it actually wasn't quick, I mulled over it for quite a long time. In the end, Canon has some key things that I need for doing some potential future photography projects, yet to be announced ;) Is the 5D Mk3 overkill? For most product shots, sure. I actually started with a T2i (which I still have) and have been using it for the last two months. It's a great camera and does really well, but there are some key things the 5D has that I wanted, like the 61-point AF system, low noise in high ISO shooting, and much easier controls during manual shooting (including custom programming). In camera HDR is cool, and of course the full frame sensor is awesome. I could certainly get by (and have been) on a lower quality camera body, but for the type of work I am getting into the 5D has some nice features that I will enjoy. 

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  16. The move was stressful and we're still not 100% settled in, but we're further along than I thought we'd be! It won't be long before I'm back cranking away on the blog again ;) 

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  17. Glad the move went well. Fantastic that your business is growing enough to make this necessary. That personalized quality service does that for you. Best of luck and thanks for being a great source for all of us pen nerds.

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  18. Ooohhh! 5D mkIII? 100mm f/2.8L? Want!!
    Congrats :-) Can't wait to see more of your photos.

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  19. Well, the Mk3 certainly is the best FF for that money, I'll give you that. One good thing about it is that you can use it for at least the next 5 years easily, without it becoming obsolete.

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  20. Good stuff! I have the 100mm 2.8 (older version), 24-70 and 50 1.4. I also have an EF-S 10-22 (but that's only for cropped sensors) and a 70-200 f/4L. IMO, the 24-70 and 24-105 kind of overlap but you really need one of those nice 16-35 2.8 lenses for wide angle. Oh and if you're really serious about macro, the MP-E 65mm is a beast, though it's more like a microscope, better suited for bug photography than pens.

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  21. I'm looking at the 70-200 f/4L too, but I better cool it on equipment for a while or Rachel will get mad :) You're right, the 24-70 and 24-105 do overlap. The only reason I got the 24-105 is because it was the 'kit' lens with the 5D3, and with the camera it was $300 less than it would be on its own. I figured I could get it, try it out and see which lens works better for most of my product shots. I haven't been able to play with it extensively yet because of the move, but I'm pretty sure I'm going to keep the 24-70 and sell the 24-105. Then I can get the 70-200 for when I really want some reach.

    I've looked at that MP-E 65, and also some tilt-shift lenses as well....they're much more specialized and something I will look into if I find I have some very specific needs that can't be met with the 100mm macro. Photography is a more expensive hobby than pens!!

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  22. :) :) :) Just you wait, I'll get my studio all set up and start cranking some good stuff out soon :) 

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  23. At least until they come out with the 5DX, right? ;) It's just a rumor at this point, but they're talking about a 5D with in the mid 30-MP range like the Nikon D800...which would be better for macro work! But you know how those Canon rumors can go, the 5D3 was rumored for about 2 years before it actually came out! I'm going to get to know this camera and enjoy it for a good long while :) 

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  24. Or there could be a 3D, slotting between the 7D and the 5D.

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  25. Hi Brian and Rachel.
    How's live in the castle? lol
    Awesome April fools day message that was on the FPG site!

    But seriously....thumbs up for the new site and your very fast movement.
    You've put some great Add ons there like the nib nook and the FoK!

    All the best for all of you in your new "headquarters"

    Greets all the way from the Netherlands

    Jolanda

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  26. Haha, FPGeeks certainly made us laugh on the 1st ;) Thanks for your kind words, we're settling in nicely and should start blogging some good stuff here soon.

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  27. Barbara BuchananApril 4, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    I've been meaning to comment on how great the new website looks!  You added visual texture and flair without sacrificing the ease of reading and navigating that characterized Goulet Pens dot com from the start.   Really outstanding job!  Thanks for the excellence!

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  28. Thanks! We wanted to spice it up but not change it dramatically in terms of functionality. I'm really glad to hear we accomplished that goal :) 

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