March 9, 2011

An open letter to Asheville Part II: Our impending move to Wilmington, NC, and some events we are having here in Asheville before we hit the road.

Why Wilmington?
There were a number of factors involved in my decision to move BBH to Wilmington, NC. The primary reason would be my interest in filmmaking-- I've wanted to be involved in filmmaking for a number of years, and over the course of the last year I have been actively making efforts to dive into it. At the beginning of the year I applied to UNCW with the intention of getting a second bachelor's degree in Film Studies, and just a few weeks ago I was accepted into the program. The film studies program there is pretty amazing and Wilmington is a hotbed for filmmaking where I already have some good connections-- a brand new adventure awaits me and I am thrilled to be able to pursue a new creative medium. My other reasons for relocating are more personal, mostly having to do with going back home, having my family close by, a less expensive living situation, the beach, fresh seafood. I love the ocean, I love Wilmington, I love the prospect of being able to go surfing year round.

In June, this space on the corner of Wooster Street and Dawson Street in downtown Wilmington will be taken over by Blue Barnhouse.

By a stroke of luck when I started nosing around for a possible location to move Blue Barnhouse, I found it on the first phone call: a 10,000 sq ft warehouse in downtown Wilmington that was shared by a number of craftsmen. The landlord was jazzed about the idea of our presence there and was willing to work with us to hold the space until June. It's well lit and spacious and couldn't be a more perfect space for our needs.

How we want to say goodbye to Asheville.
1. For starters, we won't be having a retail space in Wilmington, and we have a lot of gifts and stationery we need to unload. That's why starting today, until the day we leave, everything in the store is 50% off it's marked price, and that goes for our bargain bins too. Please note that due to this transition and all that it entails we have had erratic operating hours. Currently we are open M-F 12-6, sometimes we'll be open on Saturdays, but it is always best to call ahead: 828-225-3991

2. We've had our heads up our asses for the last couple of years and haven't had any local events in the recent past- but we'd like to see all the faces of friends we've made here locally over the years. We will be having a social hour on the last Friday of each month where we'll be serving Free PBR, have some giveaways, and talk about the good old days. These dates are March 25th and April 29th from 7pm-??

The day before we start rolling the presses away to their new home, Blue Barnhouse will have one last hoorah on Friday May 27th. More details to follow, but we promise it will be a really great event with all kinds of free for-all giveaways. The retail shop will continue to be open until mid-June.

Book Release Party
Hopefully, if it is released on time, we will somehow work in a release party for my book Adventures in Letterpress, which features images of letterpress from more than 70 letterpress studios and artists from all over the world, and is currently available for pre-order on Amazon.

Photographing letterpress for my upcoming book, Adventures in Letterpress.

But where can we get your cards?!
Malaprops and Write On, both downtown, have been carrying our cards for years, and I'm certain they will continue to do so after we leave. There is also our webstore, which has every product we've ever made under the sun for sale. You can also send an email with the subject line "subscribe" to to subscribe to our newsletter, where we will keep you up to date with our most current work and happenings, or you can get up to the minute progress reports via our twitter account.

Space for rent
428-B Haywood Road will more than likely be available for rent by July 1. We are still working out the details about the space before we put it on the market, but please contact me if you are interested in looking at our space.

Can we visit you?!
Our new studio will be a private studio, but we'd love to have visitors. All you have to do is drop us a line to make an appointment at And if you are interested in following my pursuits in filmmaking, you should check out my filmmaking blog, Dark Academy.

And lastly...
I realize that this is probably sudden and sad news to many people here in the neighborhood. We intend to make the best of our time remaining here in Asheville, and look forward to seeing all of you to say our goodbyes and show our gratitude for so many years of support.

We are very excited for this new adventure on our horizon and the fortunes it may hold.

Yrs fondly,
Brandon & the BBH crew

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