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Fresh merchandise arriving daily, including these sweet little cases in our Boston store window.

 And lots of little favorites, too...

And these beautiful hand carved birds from Brazil in our case in Harvard Square...




Just a number?

By my count, we've just begun our tenth year here in Harvard Square. And we're working on EIGHTEEN in our Charles Street store, the original Black Ink. (That's like 126 years in dog years!) Thanks to all our supportive customers and staff, we've been very fortunate to have stuck it out. The Small Business Desk Reference says the average lifespan of a small business in the US is eight I'm feeling grateful. Thanks for supporting local businesses, it makes a difference to our communities and keeps originality and choice in the neighborhood and marketplace. 



Here comes May, full of special days - Mother's Day, graduations and sunny days. We're ready with great gift ideas for Moms, grads and travelers, and beautiful map gift wrap to present them in. The map wraps also make an inexpensive and effective wall decor, reminding you of a recent trip or your favorite destination. Current offerings include Boston (of course), Europe Centrale, New York City, British Isles, London and San Francisco.

A big thank you to everyone who purchased our Japan Relief posters! We were able to send an additional $800 to the JCCCNC's Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund. There are a few posters left, so if you do want one you'll need to act soon. Some of our posters were also sold at the Bake Sale for Japan held recently at Upstairs on the Square here in Harvard Square. It was a heartwarming afternoon of storytelling, crane folding and the most delicious bake sale ever, with sweets donated by local restaurants and pastry chefs. This was a national movement raising over $100,000 for Peace Winds Japan. 



Multiplying like...


We received our initial order of these rabbit dishes, and I immediately ordered more! Perfect filled with jelly beans or chocolate eggs...



Think Spring?

Boston received April 1st snow, but we know that Spring is around the corner. Both stores are full of lots of inspirational products; toys and treasures to fill Easter baskets, hanging vases for cuttings and Potting Shed seed bags to grow your own. Stop by soon for the best selection.