Oh Monday. I know it’s kinda a gloomy rainy day but I think it makes it that much easier to just buckle down and get things done & organized for the week. You don’t feel so guilty about not taking a walk at lunch and can finally wear those cute rain boots you told yourself you just must have.
What did you get up to for the weekend? With my new flexible schedule I took the opportunity to go visit my good friend & creative co-conspirator, Emily and her new fabulous shop Hello Yellow up in beautiful Almonte, Ontario for a few days.
I’ve known Emily since I was 19 and have been going up to Almonte just as long. So let’s just say that’s over 10 years. Sometimes when I visit, people forget that I’m not actually coming ‘home’ for the weekend, it just feels that way. It really is a beautiful town (just outside of Ottawa) oozing with charm, a bustling art & music community and lots of proud Senator fans. Almonte’s historic claim to fame is being the childhood home of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball. Sorry American friends, but that’s a fact. Yes, the beloved North American sport has it origins in the land of the maple leaf and it’s something this town loves to remind its visitors of. Afterall, without Naismith, college students from both sides of the border would be without things like the NCAA basketball tournament to spice up their sports calendar. College basketball has really become something of a phenomenon over the past century with many of its fans looking towards free college basketball picks to place bets on some of the most hyped games and get an additional kick out of each game’s results. Those that do this can be grateful to Naismith for having the idea and, likewise, grateful to the town for birthing this sports legend. Now the world has access to this beloved sport. From fans who love to watch it to those who love to bet on the outcome, there are now even places that teach fans how to bet on this sport and others. You can learn how to bet on sports in Florida and around the world from the comfort of your home, too, especially if you’re interested in basketball.
Mill Street is at the heart of the town. It’s a small street packed with great shopping and interesting finds housed in beautiful historic buildings. This includes Emily’s newest retail venture, her great shop Hello Yellow. I have a special attachment to the project since I designed the logo and it was the first time I got to see it in person. I think it suits Emily & the shop’s personality just perfectly.
You can’t miss the shop when walking down Main Street with it’s cheerful yellow door & decor. Here’s a great shot of Emily and her windows full of balloons for her big grand opening back in July.
|photo by Amy Eaton|
A close up of the logo I created. It’s cheerfully handmade, just like the merchandise.
And sometimes if you’re lucky you may get to meet Hello Yellow’s special little greeter (and photo bomber), Emily’s sweet daughter and mini-me Clementine.