We've officially hit the middle of the year at June 1. I'm so pleased to finally share what Anthony and I have been up to during the first part of 2018. We are opening a restaurant and retail shop in Carmel, CA called Stationæry.
At the end of 2017 we left Los Angeles and moved back home for many reasons, personal and professional. Opening a restaurant was always a hope, but in making the decision to move we weren't exactly sure how it all would unfold. While the doors in LA were clearly closing, so many doors opened here at home and are continuing to open. It is amazing how quickly everything has come together to make this possible. I honestly couldn't have dreamt up the life I'm now living! It's better and also more challenging (in the best ways) than I would have imagined.
Before leaving LA we received impactful encouragement and affirmation from friends. I actually even have some of the messages recorded as voice memos that I save to listen to on days when I need to hear it (thanks, Trace). Their influence and words sit with us daily as we create Stationæry. The idea for the name, Stationæry, was sparked by a conversation with our friend, Raan Parton. He told me we should open a place called Stationery and put the letterpress inside for patrons to watch in action! While the health department probably wouldn't want production happening so close to an eating establishment - the idea really influenced us.
Stationery has two meanings and two ways to spell it: stationery and stationary. In fact, I learned this lesson very early on while starting Alissa Bell Press. I attended my first and only bridal expo in January 2012 to introduce my style to the fine brides of Monterey, CA. I had a huge sign printed with my business logo and a listing of services including: STATIONARY. Before the show even opened I was told by a lady that I had it all wrong - and I was mortified. I've never confused the two again.
Stationary with an "A" means unmoving, present, and constant. Stationery with an "E" is writing paper, especially with matching envelopes (obviously). We decided to capture the two meanings with the "Æ" (ash), creating Stationæry.
These two definitions practically and emotionally describe what Anthony and I both do and create in our professional lives. In hospitality, whether as a barista, general manager, server, or bar tender, Anthony has been a constant presence in people's lives. The simple act of making their coffee each morning or serving them a beautiful meal allows him to show up for people in a consistent way - during the good, the regular, and sometimes less exciting times. I could go on and on about the ways Anthony serves and creates special moments for people each day - but really I just want you all to know this is a life long dream in the making.
As for me, I'm a stationer. (I love that title.) I design and print paper goods for people's important moments. With this restaurant and shop, I'm being given the opportunity to reach more people during both regular daily routines and special occasions. My role involves designing a beautiful space for our guests to relax and delight in. I'm working with Sara Karkenny to bring the vision to life! I will also be curating our retail shop with objects designed and created by businesses and people we admire.
Construction starts next week and we are hoping to open in July. You can follow along on our Instagram, @thestationaery, or sign up for the newsletter to get updates. Also if you are local to the Monterey Peninsula, pop by and peek in the windows. Carmel is a quaint town with no street addresses - so your iPhone may not be able to assist you here:
San Carlos Square
on San Carlos, between 5th & 6th Ave.
**white building, green trim, super cute square.
Thanks for reading about our newest adventure. I'll be checking in occassionaly with updates!