1 Dec
2016

December 2016 Calendar of Events

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♫While the mer­ry bells keep ringing/May your every wish come true♫ It’s our absolute FAVORITE time of year: the hol­i­day freak­ing sea­son! We’ve got so many things to cel­e­brate this mon­th, besides the usu­al faves, like Christ­mas, Hanukkah, and Kwan­zaa. Read on to find out what’s get­ting our spir­its even high­er this mon­th! Read more »

23 Nov
2016

Top 10 Things We Are Thankful For!

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Now more than ever we need to remind our­selves what we are thank­ful for and not take those things for grant­ed. So with­out fur­ther ado:

  1. Nerds. You make the world go round. Enthu­si­asm is the spice of life, in a Dune kind of way.
  2. Left­over Hal­loween can­dy. Rot­ting my teeth as we speak, and Star­burst are lit­er­al­ly fly­ing across the office at an alarm­ing and dan­ger­ous rate. 
  3. Books. But seri­ous­ly, can you even imag­ine life with­out? Don’t. Don’t try. It’s awful and cold and dark in that place. 
  4. Pets. Along with books, make life worth liv­ing. Some­times I look at my cats and get real­ly tripped out that this super fuzzy lit­tle crea­ture with legs and a face that exists on this plan­et is liv­ing in my house and likes to hang out with me. 
  5. Har­ry Potter/J.K. Rowl­ing. We’re pret­ty sure that Har­ry Pot­ter is 95% of what we talk about here at KU, and the oth­er 5% is usu­al­ly about remind­ing the males to use the bath­room spray in the employ­ee bath­room. (Note: We need more bath­room spray.)
  6. Each oth­er. We like to cre­ate a fam­i­ly here at Ku, and right now our staff is aces. We are real­ly lucky to have real­ly good peo­ple work­ing with us.
  7. Game of Thrones ref­er­ences.  Ok I lied, our con­ver­sa­tions here are 60% Har­ry Pot­ter and 40% GOT. We like to yell “YOU KNOW NOTHING JON SNOW!” at trainees. But in a nice way.
  8.  Star Wars ref­er­ences. Ok I lied again. Our con­vos our 50% Pot­ter, 20% GOT, and 1,000% Star Wars ref­er­ences. Most used: “the­se are the cards you’re look­ing for” and “that’s no (insert moon-like object).
  9. & 10. The last 2 are ded­i­cat­ed to YOU our won­der­ful and loy­al cus­tomers because I want to talk about you for more than as sen­tence. You are sin­cere­ly what makes us love com­ing to work every­day. Inter­act­ing with you about what you’re read­ing, watch­ing, eat­ing, and espe­cial­ly hear­ing you laugh, reminds us why we’re here. We have fun with each oth­er here, but it’s the cus­tomers that real­ly make it all worth it. 

Hap­py Thanks­giv­ing to you and your fam­i­lies, human and feline and canine and all. 

–Kards Unlim­it­ed

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3 Nov
2016

National Sandwich Day: Tips from a Pro!

Nobody gets me like you do sandwich

Nobody gets me like you do sand­wich

 
On this spe­cial day, we have out­sourced this blog to a pro sand­wich lover, the one and only Marne Orenich. The girl has sand­wich tat­toos on her body, what more sand­wich street cred do you need? Enjoy her rec­om­men­da­tions!
 
I would nev­er call myself a “food­ie” (wretch), and I admit that I’ve been slip­pin’ on check­ing out the ridicu­lous amount of awe­some restau­rants pop­ping up in the Burgh, but if there is one thing I know to be real and true, it’s that I am obsessed with sand­wich­es. If you want proof, you can talk to Bree, who drove 7 hours across the state with me to go to the Sand­wich Club sum­mit last year, or the tat­too artist who per­ma­nent­ly drilled a hoagie onto my ribs on the way back from said sum­mit (Bree got a grilled cheese on her leg). 
 
For Nation­al Sand­wich Day, my dear friend Aman­da asked me to write a lit­tle some­thing, so I thought I’d share a hand­ful of my favorite san­dos from our deli­cious city. 
 
Buf­falo Chick­en Hoagie- Spak Bros
Spak Bros knows how to do a hoagie. I delight in any­thing buffalo-related, so I go with grilled chick­en (to be healthy, right?), and ditch the veg­gies (wait, that’s not that healthy), pro­volone cheese, and of course blue cheese on the side (yes, dou­ble cheese). Hon­or­able men­tion to the Sei­tan Melt (or “Smelt”) that every veg­an or veg­e­tar­i­an in PGH is obsessed with. 
 
Tuna Melt– Hanlon’s (Crafton)
Hanlon’s is a lit­tle trea­sure, and a favorite of every­one I work with in Crafton. Their Tuna Melt isn’t any­thing fan­cy, but it’s done per­fect­ly on toasty bread with cheese and toma­to. 
 
Banh Mi- bril­lobox
Every­one I know LOVES this sam­mie. I actu­al­ly prefer the tofu ver­sion, even though I eat meat, but pork and chick­en are also avail­able. I rec­om­mend get­ting the option­al jalapeños if you like it spicy. (Please note that I do know of Lucy and her mag­i­cal Bahn Mi’s in the Strip, but our beloved Rick Sebak has already high­light­ed her, so I thought I’d give bril­lo a deserved shout out.)
 
Baba Jaga- Apteka
Described as “Veg pate, Pol­ish pick­les, smoked onion remoulade, pick­led beet, mus­tard, house seed bread”, it didn’t nec­es­sar­i­ly appeal to me until I tried half of my friend’s. It imme­di­ate­ly blew me away and became a sand­wich I knew I’d come back for. 
 
Rose­mary Braised Beef- Gau­cho Par­il­la Argenti­na
This one is mem­o­rable on fla­vor and size. When I first got it, I knew there was no way I could fin­ish it in one go. Rose­mary is one of my favorite herbs, and this beef is per­fect. 
 
I want­ed to keep this list short n sweet, but if you’re hun­gry for more, I’d sug­gest watch­ing Rick Sebak’s Sand­wich­es That You Will Like, a must see for any san­do lover. In clos­ing, I ask you what Rick asks at the end of his tasty doc­u­men­tary: Which is more impor­tant in a sand­wich? The bread, or the fill­ing?  A true ques­tion for the ages…
 
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1 Nov
2016

November 2016 Holidays

november-2016-2Well, Hal­loween is over so we might as well all go home. JUST KIDDING! IT’S TIME FOR CHRISTMAS!

Well okay, we’ll give you some time to adjust, how about for now we just cel­e­brate ALL the­se super fun hol­i­days that are con­tained in the mon­th of Novem­ber! This mon­th holds a slew of fun things! For instance: Sand­wich Day (Nov 3), Sesame St Day (Nov 10), I Love To Write Day (Nov 15) and Absur­di­ty Day (Nov 20). Birth­days this mon­th include Hel­lo Kit­ty (Nov 1), Neil Gaiman (Nov 10), James Bond (Nov 11) and C.S. Lewis (Nov 29). For even more rea­sons to keep the par­ty rollin’, keep read­ing!

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Okay gents (and awe­some non-gender con­form­ing wom­en), it’s time to start grow­ing your win­ter upper lip scarf! It’s Mus­tache Mon­th! Oth­er­wise known as Movem­ber. It’s also Nation­al Mod­el Rail­road Mon­th. CHOO CHOO! Oh! And it’s Peanut But­ter Lovers Mon­th. Per­son­al­ly, peanut but­ter runs in my blood so this is MY MONTH. But I’ll share.

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First up in the mon­th is All Saint’s Day and Nation­al Authors Day (both Nov 1). Get your paprika on for Dev­iled Egg Day (Nov 2)! Oh here is a great one: Men Make Din­ner Day (Nov 3)! Guys, if you need recipes, we have SO MANY awe­some cook­books. It’s also Cliché Day and Sand­wich Day (both Nov 3). Oh and then the FUN begins! The week­end of the 4th is both Sher­lock Holmes Week­end and also Punk­in Chunk­in Days! Who can solve the mys­tery of where all the pump­kins went???? I bet Myth­busters took them, guys.
Oh! Also Doc­tor Strange hits the­aters on the 4th.
Don’t for­get to Remem­ber Remem­ber the 5th of Novem­ber! And then you can cel­e­brate Marooned with­out a com­pass day on Novem­ber 6th.

Birth­days this week­end include:
Hel­lo Kitty(Nov 1)

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It’s Dear San­ta Let­ter Week! Are you ready for that? I’m not ready for that, but it’s hap­pen­ing. If you’re not, there’s always Area Code Day and Sesame St. Day (both Nov 10) and Vet­er­ans Day (Nov 11) and World Kind­ness Day (Nov 13)!

Birth­days this week include:
Mar­garet Mitchell and Bram Stok­er (both Nov 8), Neil Gaiman (Nov 10), Kurt Von­negut and James Bond (Nov 11), and Mar­garet Atwood (Nov 13).

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It’s time to dust off the old board games in your clos­et for Games and Puz­zle Week! And then there’s I Love To Write Day and Nation­al Bundt Pan Day (both Nov 15).
The cutest hol­i­day ever is up next: Have a Par­ty With Your Bear Day (Nov 16). .…I mean, it’s cute if you’re par­ty­ing with ted­dy bears. I guess it could get ugly if you try par­ty­ing with a wild bear.

Next up is Home­made Bread Day (Nov 17) and Mar­ried to a Scor­pio Sup­port Day (Nov 18). Then there’s Rocky and Bull­win­kle Day and World Toi­let Day (both Nov 19).
And of course, Absur­di­ty Day on Novem­ber 20th!

And HELLO DID YOU KNOW that the world of HARRY POTTER is return­ing to the sil­ver screen on Novem­ber 18th!!!! Do you have your tick­ets to Fan­tas­tic Beasts and Where to Find Them yet? ARE YOU SO EXCITED? We are. We SO are. <3<3<3

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Start the week off right with the most TIMELESS HOLIDAY of ALL. Doc­tor Who Day (Nov 23)! And then, of course, there’s Turkey Day. Good ol’ stuff your face full of stuff­ing day! But did you know that this year Thanks­giv­ing and All Our Uncles are Mon­keys Day are the SAME DAY (Nov 24). So make sure to bring that banana pud­ding to Thanks­giv­ing din­ner for your Favorite uncle Har­ry. He will be so con­fused.

Of course, the day after Thanks­giv­ing day is so very well know! It’s You’re Wel­come Day(Nov 25)! Oh. And also Black Fri­day.

This Sun­day, Nov 27th, marks the start of Advent, so Christ­mas is offi­cial­ly STARTING. Are you ready?

Birth­days this week include:
Frances Hodg­son Bur­nett (Nov 24)

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Only one hol­i­day this week, but it’s a great one! It’s French Toast Day on Novem­ber 28th, so Treat Yo’ Self.

Birth­days this week include:
Jon Stew­art (Nov 28), Made­line L’Engle and C.S. Lewis (both Nov 29)

31 Oct
2016

THIS IS HALLOWEEN

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Hap­py Hal­loween, every­one! I hope you’re spend­ing today doing some­thing super fun, like knock­ing on stranger’s doors and steal­ing their can­dy!

We are super excit­ed to see some cus­tomers in cos­tume today! Please! Stop by and show us your amaz­ing fun hal­loween per­son­al­i­ties! 

What’s that? You don’t HAVE a cos­tume? Well. we can’t solve that whole prob­lem for you, but we can get you start­ed. We have a mil­lion fun cos­tume hats that you can wear with nor­mal every­day clothes and still feel a bit fun and fan­cy! Stop by to put them all on your head!

We also have some beau­ti­ful spooky dec­o­ra­tions, so if you need that one last touch for your hal­loween par­ty tonight, we can absolute­ly help.

Have fun and be safe out there! Watch out for harm­ful spir­its and say hel­lo to old loved ghosts tonight when the spir­it world is so close to our own! And brush your teeth!

12 Oct
2016

Finding Home: Shelter Dogs and Their Stories

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This mon­th is Adopt a Shel­ter Dog Mon­th. We have lots of feels about that: we love pup­pies and we espe­cial­ly love when pup­pies find a safe and  love-filled place they call home! So when we got this par­tic­u­lar book in stock, we were all a-crying, sigh­ing and full of warm fuzzier!  Find­ing Home: Shel­ter Dogs and Their Sto­ries by Traer Scott is chalk full of pic­tures of some real­ly amaz­ing dogs, all of whom Scott encoun­tered while vol­un­teer­ing at var­i­ous ani­mal shel­ters.

Scott com­bi­nes the amaz­ing pho­tog­ra­phy with sto­ries of the­se won­der­ful dog­gies: From Mor­ris­sey,  a pitt bull who strug­gled with anx­i­ety behav­iors while in the ani­mal shel­ter until he found a forever home with a fam­i­ly with four chil­dren, to Bin­g­ley, a dog made deaf dur­ing a drug bust who found a fam­i­ly will­ing to love and live with a dog who can’t hear. The sto­ries are all inspir­ing, although some can be a but heart wrench­ing.

This book makes a great cof­fee table book and con­ver­sa­tion starter for any and all dog lovers. Show all your vis­i­tors the­se beau­ti­ful sad-funny faces and may­be you can help con­vince some­one to bring home their very own shel­ter dog friend! 

6 Oct
2016

Top Ten HATS TO BUY for MAD HATTERS

It’s Mad Hat­ters Day!! In hon­or of this glo­ri­ous hol­i­day, we bring you: HATS! Kards has a huge selec­tion of hats, so we thought we would show them off to you, read­ers! Many thanks to our beau­ti­ful mod­els. You are all now famous, because I’ve said so!

But seri­ous­ly, look how much fun the­se peo­ple are hav­ing with hats! You, too, could have that much fun! Stop by today to put a thing on your head!!