Articles by " Jessica Philo"
30 Jun

July 2015 Calendar of Events

Oh, July, you are the delicious epitome of summer. Hot days, hot dogs, corn on the cob, air conditioning, ice cream, french fries, Independence Day... July makes me nostalgic for those sticky ice pops with the plastic that will cut your lip, the pool, and sunshine. Mmm. Click through to see all of our wonderful reasons to celebrate this month!

July 2015 Events

"I drifted into a summer-nap under the hot shade of July, serenaded by a cicadae lullaby, to drowsy-warm dreams of distant thunder." Terri Guillemets


22 Jun

Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Eric Carle

When I say 'Eric Carle' you probably think instantly of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. What you probably don't know about Mr. Carle is that he had a cray cray life before he started writing and illustrating children's literature.  He was born in America in 1929 but his family moved back to Germany when he was 6, and he graduated from the local art school there. When he was 15, the German government drafted him to help dig the Siegfried Line. He saw some horrible shit doing that, he would say later that his wife thought he had PTSD from it, and he didn't like to talk about it. Go figure.

Since he was born an American, he was always eager to get back to the states. He came back over with $40 when he was 23. He started working at The New York Times as a graphic designer. Then he got drafted into the US Army during the Korean War, stationed in Germany (WTF REALLY?!) as a mail clerk. He went back to The New York Times after that, and then went on to be an art director at an advertising agency.

It wasn't until the age of 38 that he started doing his forreal thang. He collaborated with Bill Martin. Jr. on a book called Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? From there it was ENTIRELY DOWNHILL! He wrote over 70 books. SEVENTY! The book that stands out from my childhood is The Grouchy Ladybug, because well, children with an at-ee-tood can relate.




Now that you've been schooled on Eric Carle, I suggest you get to buying all of these books for every child you know because OH MY HEAVENS are they perfect. Adorable, meaningful, and have I freaking mentioned adorable? Happy birthday, Eric Carle!

18 Jun

Take Your Dog to Work Day: June 20!

One of the few things cooler than actually owning a dog is being able to take it places. Ya know, you can't just walk into the grocery store or the pharmacy with your dog. So you have to leave Fido at home while you run errands and go to work and you know that he's secretly mad at you when you do this and then you feel bad but what can you do? Luckily, Shadyside is pretty darn accommodating when it comes to bringing your dog out and about. We are one of the many awesome businesses that has no problem-o with your bringing your dog in with you.

Yogi comes to work!

Yogi comes to work!

Enter Take Your Dog to Work Day. Problem solved! You get to bring your dog with you instead of leaving him home to stare at the wall for the entire day, just so he has as much energy as possible stored up when you get home so he can drive you absolutely nuts with all of his energy. This is the one day of the year where you say, "To hell with that!" and you bring your doggy along. And by the time you get home at the end of the day he is joyously worn out from being *awake* all day. What a strange sensation for the both of you!

I hope you have an enjoyable day at work hanging out with your dog! Happy Take Your Dog to Work Day!

16 Jun

Happy Fudge Day! Except I Didn’t Say, Fudge.’

Oh fudge

Did you know that fudge is "made by mixing sugar, butter, and milk, heating it to the soft-ball stage at 240 °F, and then beating the mixture while it cools so that it acquires a smooth, creamy consistency?" That's not what I would have guessed 'the soft-ball stage' is if you asked me, but hey! You learn something new every day.

This is not particularly relevant, but yes it is. You shut your mouth.

This is not particularly relevant, but yes it is. You shut your mouth. 

he's back

Tangent: when we went to see this movie in the theater, at this part my dad yelled, "Duh!" People loled.


Anyway. Fudge is one of those things that you really could not just eat forever and ever. Because it's so flippity-fracking rich. Which is the point of it, so you really can't hold that against it. My favorite fudge is packed with nuts because I am a nut for nuts. Walnuts, almonds, peanuts, pecans... Yes please.


I'm also fairly certain I can thank Little Debbie for this obsession.


Little Debbie

These were my FAVORITE thing to buy with my lunch money. See also: Zebra Cakes. Apparently Little Debbie owned my 10 year old soul.

It's been rumored that individuals have been known to add fruit to fudge, and I for one find that completely repulsive.


I just threw up in my mouth a little.


Why would you go and ruin perfectly good chocolate with fruit? The people that like fruity fudge probably like vanilla ice cream too.


Judging you.

Back to the real fudge *hair flip*





Did you know that a person who packages fudge is a fudge packer? Apparently South Park made Tom Cruise a fudge packer in an episode. ...I can see that.


I will conclude this Fudge Day post with instructions to get yoself so delicious fudge today.


30 May

June 2015 Calendar of Events

Welcome summer! June is an exciting twelfth of the year. It’s full of things we love – gay pride, iced tea, Richard Scarry, gay pride, doughnuts, juggling, sunshine, gay pride… Do we have your attention? I thought we might. Click through to see all of the reasons you should be celebrating this fine June!

June 2015 Calendar of Events! (1)

These are the June KU Cards you can get to send to your awesome friends :)


25 May

Happy Memorial Day!

Memorial day is a two pronged holiday. You've got your patriotic-honor-those-who-have-died-for-our-country side, and the IT'S-FINALLY-SUMMER side. While the spirit of each is quite different, Memorial Day serves as an important day for America.

Memorial Day 4

It does a body and mind good to take a moment to be thankful for the people who have given their lives for this country. That's huge.

Memorial Day 1

It takes a lot of courage to serve for your country and do it selflessly, and for that, I'm ever thankful.

Memorial Day 2

Memorial Day is a great day to get together with your family and friends to appreciate your freedom. Can't hurt to have some delicious food and drink, either.

Memorial Day 3

No, these are not french fries, THEY ARE FREEDOM FRIES. 

Memorial Day 5

Burgers and dogs COMIN' RIGHT UP.

Memorial Day 6

Inserting into facehole in 3... 2... 1...

No BBQ is complete without patriotic punch!

No BBQ is complete without patriotic punch!

Here's a complimentary Hulk Hogan being American gif:

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29 Apr

May KU Book Club Book: Stardust by Neil Gaiman

StardustKU Book Club meets again!

Who? You.

What? Neil Gaiman's Stardust.

When? Sunday May 17, 6 PM.

Where? Here in the store, fools.

Why? WHY NOT?!

From Goodreads, "Hopelessly crossed in love, a boy of half-fairy parentage leaves his mundane Victorian-English village on a quest for a fallen star in the magical realm. The star proves to be an attractive woman with a hot temper, who plunges with our hero into adventures featuring witches, the lion and the unicorn, plotting elf-lords, ships that sail the sky, magical transformations, curses whose effects rebound, binding conditions with hidden loopholes and all the rest."

Join us for lively conversation, snacks, booze, and did I mention how awesome we are? Yeah. See you there!

Exctied gif

16 Apr

National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day!

You know what's annoying? Having to get dressed in the mornings. Picking out clothes can be so ugh.


 Don't feel like wearing this. I wore this two days ago, will anyone notice? Is that a stain? ...Great.


Well. Today you don't have to do that crap. It's National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day! Barring changing your underwear (always change your underwear) you can roll right out of bed and into work, no problem.


Or. OR. You can even change into other pajamas! The possibilities are endless! And hopefully your pajamas won't give HR too much of a headache. I mean, we're fine with you going to work in a teddy, but you know, some people have sticks up their butts.


Anywho, are you so excited? WE'RE SO EXCITED! We've opened up the day for our employees to wear their PJs to work so don't call us slobs today, call us relaxed and pajama-ed.