We’re still looking for a buyer, but I wanted to give you a glimpse of what we had in mind for Keweenaw Archive had I not gotten my new (and wonderful) job.
By May 2014 we would have paid off our business loan, and the plan was to turn around and take out another, larger one, with enough in it to expand our inventory and potentially buy our own building. Five years after that, I wanted to move to a multi-story structure. I really had my eye on the Backroom building on Shelden. That would have been perfect.
Really, we’ve wanted to be an all-in-one shop for the analog lifestyle. If you’ve been hanging around with me lately, you’ve probably noted my budding interest in film photography. To have equipment for film, including darkroom equipment, in a local shop would be awesome. I had my eye on coin and stamp collecting stuff as well. I think, in a multi-story, almost department store style, this would have worked. A strong web presence would have ensured that.
By 2020, we wanted to be a major player in retail, the kind of place with local and regional renown. With the success we’ve had since day one, I’m convinced we could have done it, too.
That doesn’t mean it has to be the end of the lifestyle, though. If you have an appreciation for a few moments of non-digital bliss, please hold onto those moments. Share them. Pass on what you know. Don’t give in to a digital-disposable world. Our website will stay operational for the near future (and I am working on a refresh on it), with links on where to buy all of your favourite analog stuff. Tips, instructions, all those things, too.
We still sometimes get questions about our name, why an art and writing supply shop would have the word “archive” in it. I hope that gives you a bit better idea what we had in mind. We were going to be so much more, and in all of our minds, in our ways of thinking and believing, we can still be that.
Thanks for reading.