To kick off the 2017 holiday season last month we planned our first ever Maine class at The Press Hotel and decided to make a weekend of it to celebrate our business turning 2! We packed our caboodles (professional make up artist kit on wheels turned calligraphy case) for our road trip and had way too much fun running around the city of Portland with our #instagramhusbands!
The Press Hotel is the most darling boutique hotel located in what used to be where the Portland Press Herald operated out of until 2010. It really is a calligrapher’s dream, with pangrams embroidered into the desk chairs of each guest room, letters on the hallway carpets, and the lobby bar called The Inkwell. If we ever have an official HQ, it would include all of the above!
After a happy hour at the Inkwell bar, we continued the party over at Mash Tun for some pre-dinner beverages! Highly recommend this cozy spot for a killer local beer list and awesome snacks right in the center of the city. We then ventured over to one of Meg’s favorite spots, Little Tap House, for dinner before returning back to the hotel for a nightcap at their restaurant, Union. We can’t rave enough about the phenomenal cocktails and also the breakfast (try to find a better avocado toast in Boston, you won’t!) we had there the next morning before setting up for class.
When The Press Hotel reached out (way back in July!) about planning a collaboration we had set up a meeting right away and knew it would be the perfect location to host our first Maine event. We planned a Sunday brunch themed calligraphy class and 40 fabulous ladies came to join us for the occasion. A huge, heartfelt thank you to The Press Hotel for providing the brunch pastries, mimosas, and the gorgeous backdrop to a dream event. We can’t rave enough about the sweet and helpful staff throughout our stay! To celebrate the season of giving, together with The Press Hotel, we donated a portion of ticket sales to a local Portland non-profit called The Telling Room. We were so happy to contribute to this writing center for children that “believes that the power of creative expression can change our communities and prepare our youth for future success.” We couldn’t agree more!
We loved getting to meet such an awesome crew of Portland’s creatives during our Beginner’s Modern Calligraphy class that Sunday. We made many new photographer friends, and finally got to meet our insta friends Maggie from Seacoast Lately, and Emily from Rookie Party Blog! We were so touched that some of our guests even made the trip up to Maine from Boston and Providence for the occasion too! Thank you everyone for helping us ring in our second birthday in the best possible way. Portland, we love you, and can’t wait for our next trip!