You know how you almost never dial your own phone number? Well, it turns out, we almost never look at our own website.
I realized that today when I was making sure the online shop and hours were updated. We are kind of low tech, so if we sell something at an art show or in the shop, I need to get to the website in time to adjust the inventory before you order that scarf we just sold.
Anyway, I try to flip through the pages to make sure everything is current and looks good. And today I bumped into my blog. (This thing.) The last entry was from all the way back in February!
If you happened upon something so out of date, you might just think we went out of business. And we are still knitting strong.
So….here’s a blog post.
Maybe it will be like one of those holiday letters that tells you all about the family milestones since last year. Or maybe we’ll keep it kind of JAK-ish.
The biggest news for us this time of year is that we just sent out our annual donations. When we started our business back in 1997, we agreed that JAK would be socially and environmentally responsible in every way possible. Among other things, we have always donated $1 from every sale to organizations that do good works.
Celebrating our 25th year in 2022, we doubled our donations! This week we sent out checks ($2 from EVERY sale) to Planned Parenthood, ACLU, Maine Needs, National Resources Council of Maine, Good Shepherd Food Bank, and Community Outreach Services.
Additional donations this year went to Kennebunkport Heritage Housing Trust, Equality Maine, and the Southern Maine Community College Foundation.
Obviously, we couldn’t do this without you. Thanks for sticking with us, giving gifts of JAK to the people you love, and saying hello when you’re in town or you see us at a show.
In 25 years, we have become a part of a great community of people who appreciate hand-crafted work made in the USA. People who like to laugh. And who, very often, care about the same things we do. Like our neighbors, our community, and the environment.
So I won’t go on about our now one year old kitties (Agatha & Zoe), our new home (almost a year old), or our health (good).
I’ll just say thank you, and apologize for going so long without a blog post. Maybe I’ll do better in the new year.