The Knock Knock booth, not surprisingly, was incredible. It was filled with all sorts of hilarious goodies: a 'suck it up' coffee mug, an 'oh my f*ing god' notebook, a paper tweet notepad and, my personal favorite, self-inking stamps with funny phrases (I love the "Blah Blah Blah" stamp!). Everyone I spoke to there was equally wonderful; I was super happy to hear that all the writing for the products was, until recently, done by the president of the company! Amazing products and amazing people . . . a fabulous combination. Check their stuff out here.
I also popped into the booth for Smudge Ink, a Boston-area stationer that has an awesome selection of bright patterned cards. I love their holiday selection and their gorgeous party/birthday invitations. Even better? They have a partnership with the Harvard student-run charity 'Circle of Women'--a great organization that helps build and run sustainable schools for girls all over the world. Smudge Ink provides Circle of Women with cards that they can sell to raise money for the cause. A great product and a great organization! Check out Smudge Ink here and Circle of Women here.
I also fell in love with the fabulous offerings at the Jack & Lulu booth and had the great pleasure of meeting co-owner Karen! Karen told me that 'Jack' and 'Lulu' were fictional characters in love stories written for her business partner by her partner's husband while they were dating long distance. How cute is that?
Anyhow, the ladies behind 'Jack & Lulu' had a distinct nautical and national theme going on . . . I loved the little Bag of Flags and the 'Whistle' tote bag (a big preppy tote with a shiny whistle attached to it . . . must have it!). I also loved the stripey recycled paper straws--they would make a glass of lemonade look very festive! In all, I am constantly impressed by the fabulous products on offer by Jack & Lulu and I can't wait to see these tasty treats in stores! Until then, check it all out here.