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!!

29 Sep
2016

October 2016 Events and Holidays

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Wel­come Octo­ber! Things may be cool­ing down, but there’s still plen­ty of fun to be had! Octo­ber is Nation­al Chili Mon­thNation­al Pop­corn Pop­ping Mon­th and Rap­tor Mon­th! We’re also cel­e­brat­ing Name Your Car Day (Oct 2), Nation­al Pierogi Day (Oct 8),  Be Bald and Free Day (Oct 14), Nation­al Franken­stein Day (Oct 29) and of course, HALLOWEEN (Oct 31)! Birth­days this mon­th include Mar­io Lemieux (Oct 5), William Penn (Oct 15), Sylvia Plath (Oct 27)  and Alf (Oct 28). Also! KU Book Club will be meet­ing on Octo­ber 9th to talk about Neil Gaiman’s Amer­i­can Gods! For more FUN FUN FUN, keep on read­ing!

 

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Octo­ber is freak­ing PACKED with mon­th long cel­e­bra­tions. Seri­ous­ly. Look at this line-up. Octo­ber is Nation­al Chili Mon­thNation­al Apple Mon­th, Nation­al Cook­book Mon­thNation­al Field Trip Mon­th,  Nation­al Bak­ing Mon­th and  Nation­al Pop­corn Pop­ping Mon­th! And those are just the NATIONAL hol­i­days.  It’s also Piz­za Mon­th,  Adopt a Shel­ter Dog Mon­thSar­cas­tic Mon­th, and Rap­tor Mon­th! Seri­ous­ly, if you think Octo­ber is bor­ing, you CRAY.

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Start your mon­th out on the right foot with Inter­na­tion­al Fru­gal Fun Day (Oct 1). All those fall fes­ti­vals can start adding up, so if you spend the first Sat­ur­day of the mon­th doing some­thing fun and free, you’ll have more mon­ey to spend on PUMPKINS. (This com­ing from the girl who spent $200 on pump­kins last year. TO BE FAIR I WAS BUYING THEM FOR MY WEDDING. Still. I love pump­kins. And Fall. And Octo­ber.)

Here’s a great FREE fru­gal fun idea: Doors Open Pitts­burgh (Oct 1 — 2)! A bunch of build­ings down­town will be open to the pub­lic for FREE behind the sce­nes tours! If you’re the type of per­son who likes to look in people’s bath­room cab­i­nets (face it, we’re ALL that type of per­son) then this event is for you!

Next up is Name Your Car Day  and Phileas Fogg’s Wager Day (both Oct 2). 10/4 is Ten-Four Day. Obvi­ous­ly. It’s also Vod­ka Day. I per­son­al­ly plan on cel­e­brat­ing both those hol­i­days HARD. Gonna bust out my Hamm Radio and get drunk off my butt and sing sea shanties to the truck dri­vers, TEN-FOUR, YOU HEAR ME?

After cel­e­brat­ing Vod­ka day, you might feel the need to reset your sys­tem. Which is super con­ve­nient, because Nation­al Kale Day is on Octo­ber 5th. And every­one knows that Kale is the best for a hang­over. When it is served with a side of a whole pig’s worth of bacon, of course.

Octo­ber 6th is Mad Hat­ter Day. Please come to Kards and try on all of our hats. I’m not kid­ding. We have a lot of hats. The Girl on the Train hits the­aters on the 7th and then the 8th is Pittsburgh’s all time favorite hol­i­day: Nation­al Pierogi Day!

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While you’re mak­ing Pier­o­gis with your amaz­ing pol­ish grand­ma, make sure you ask her about her young life. It’s Nation­al Sto­ry­telling Week­end (Oct 7 — 9) and sto­ries about our grand­par­ents past are, in my hum­ble opin­ion, some of the very best sto­ries.

Birth­days this week include:
Snoopy (Oct 2), Anne Rice (Oct 4), Mar­io Lemieux (Oct 5), and Count von Count (Oct 9)

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It’s Nation­al Angel Food Cake Day (Oct 10). If you don’t have a nice Angel Food Cake to eat, you can cel­e­brate by watch­ing this super cute awe­some car­toon from the 50s.  It’s My Par­ty Day is Octo­ber 11th! I’m cel­e­brat­ing ear­ly this year, per­son­al­ly.

Imma going to go ahead and say that Octo­ber 12th is offi­cial­ly Indige­nous Peo­ples’ Day. It was for­mer­ly known as Colum­bus Day, but the times, they are a chang­in’.

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Inter­na­tion­al Skep­tics Day is on the 13th, fol­lowed by Be Bald and Free Day (Oct 14) and Nation­al Grouch Day (Oct 15)

Birth­days this week include:
H.J. Heinz (Oct 11), William Penn (Oct 14), Friedrich Niet­zsche and P.G. Wode­house (both Oct 15)

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Take it nice and slow this week. There’s only two weird hol­i­days on our cal­en­dar, which is A-Okay, because Halloween’s on it’s way and we got­ta get ready! This week is Boss’s Day (Oct 17) and Caps Lock Day (Oct 22).

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Birth­days this week include:
Oscar Wilde (Oct 16), Bela Lugosi (Oct 20), Car­rie Fish­er (Oct 21) and Ursu­la K. Le Guin (Oct 21).

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Did you know that there’s a whole day ded­i­cat­ed to Bolog­na? Yes there is! Nation­al Bolog­na Day is Octo­ber 24th! You can have all the Bolog­na sand­wich­es you want! For me, that would be zero sand­wich­es, but I’m sure there is some­one out there who lives for this hol­i­day.

Over the week­end, check out the Pitts­burgh Pet Expo (Oct 28 — 30). And then you can par­ty it up for Nation­al Franken­stein Day (Oct 29). I sug­gest may­be throw­ing a Mon­ster Mash.

The 30th is a triple threat with Cre­ate a Great Funer­al Day,  Can­dy Corn Day and Devil’s Night!

Birth­days this week include:
Pat Con­roy (Oct 26), John Cleese and Sylvia Plath (both Oct 27), Alf and Eve­lyn Waugh (both Oct 28)

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Why yes, I am ded­i­cat­ing a whole week’s space to one day! That’s because Octo­ber 31st is a VERY SPECIAL DAY. I mean first of all, it’s Nation­al Knock Knock Jokes Day. And sec­ond­ly, it’s Nation­al Mag­ic Day.

But MOST IMPORTANTLY! It is Hal­loween! Hal­low ‘een! THIS IS HALLOWEEN, HALLOWEEN.

ahem. Caaaaan you tell that we love Hal­loween? Seri­ous­ly though, we’ve got of fun stuff in the store to help you get your spook on! Stop by to see our beau­ti­ful hal­loween dec­o­ra­tions and try on all the sil­ly hats!

Birth­days on Oct 31 include:
Wil­low Smith, Michael Collins, Peter Jack­son, Christo­pher Colum­bus, Vanil­la Ice, Juli­et­te Gor­don Low, and Ethel Waters.

 

25 Sep
2016

Banned Books Week 2016

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Here at KU, we believe in your free­dom to read! We cel­e­brate Banned Books Week EVERY. YEAR. Some of you cus­tomers out there might be like, “Okay, KU, it’s get­ting a lit­tle over-done. This is Amer­i­ca, and we already have lots of free­doms, so you don’t real­ly need to get up in arms about banned books. Like what’s the big deal any­way?” And to those cus­tomers we say: BANNED BOOKS WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE!
Also, you’ve prob­a­bly read some already and you didn’t even know! FOR EXAMPLE! Did you read Har­ry Pot­ter and LOVE it?? Well guess what! That’s a banned book! Some­one in THIS FREE COUNTRY decid­ed that Har­ry Pot­ter was too dan­ger­ous for any­one to read. AND IN FACT SOME PEOPLE GOT TOGETHER AND BURNED A LOT OF HARRY POTTER BOOKS SO THAT NO ONE ELSE COULD READ THEM. WHAT THE HECK GUYS. book burning

Har­ry Pot­ter changed my life, per­son­al­ly. So did The Lorax. And I’ll be 100% hon­est, so did my child­hood copy of Our Bod­ies, Our­selves. In someone’s per­fect world, I would nev­er have read them. And in fact, TODAY IN THIS COUNTRY, some peo­ple are still with­out those books. And there are more impor­tant books hit­ting the shelves every day! Books about being free to be who you are, books about empow­er­ing your­self to over­come oppres­sion! And let’s be com­plete­ly hon­est and real here, the peo­ple who are oppressed are the peo­ple that often ACTUALLY are affect­ed by books being banned. They are the peo­ple who need access to the­se impor­tant and for­ma­tive books and while in the­se days of inter­net they might have bet­ter access to the­se books than there used to be, they still have to deal with angry peo­ple out there that tell them they shouldn’t read that crap because it will CORRUPT THEM. Yeah guys, peo­ple STILL ban books. Like today. It’s still hap­pen­ing.

So yeah. Here at KU we’re pret­ty pas­sion­ate about this top­ic. Clear­ly because this was sup­posed to be like super short blog here but I couldn’t help myself.

So please come cel­e­brate with us! In the store, we will have infor­ma­tion cards up with a lot of the banned books that explain where and why the book was banned. It’s real­ly inter­est­ing to see. I bet you’ll be sur­prised at some of the titles. For exam­ple, did you know that Charlotte’s Web is a banned book?? And so is Where’s Wal­do! Whhaaaaaat.

Any who. Check out this video of 2015’s most banned books. Just released this year.

And then come get your­self some illic­it and won­der­ful read­ing mate­ri­al. <3

Oh. On a lighter note, this oth­er video right here is a gem. And full of help­ful ways to pro­tect your books from strangers.

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20 Sep
2016

Happy Tolkien Week!

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Hap­py Tolkien Week, every­one! Over here at KU we are cel­e­brat­ing Tolkien week by lis­ten­ing to some Audio­books in the store. And also the music of Lord of the Rings! So stop in the store to lis­ten to beau­ti­ful sounds! In case you didn’t know, we are huge LOTR fans here. We have like 3 dif­fer­ent ver­sions of the books for sale forever and always, so if you find your­self in need of a new set of Tolkien books, you can prob­a­bly just stop by and we’ll help you out.

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18 Sep
2016

It’s Hug a Greeting Card Writer Day!

In our opin­ion, good greet­ing card writ­ers are basi­cal­ly celebri­ties. They deserve all the hugs and choco­lates and flow­ers because they are the bread to our but­ter!

While we could spout end­less­ly about so many of the best card lines, we are super for­tu­nate to have a greet­ing card celebri­ty as part of our very own staff!! I mean, all of our staff are encour­aged to give writ­ing a good card a crack, but there is a star amount us, and in hon­or of Hug a Greet­ing Card Writer Day, I want to take a moment to send a big old shout out to our very own, super awe­some Jes­si Sedon!! 

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Jes­si has designed some amaz­ing cards for us. Yeah.! Did you know that? Did you real­ize that some of the cards we sell here are our very own lines? Well, NOW YOU KNOW! Or you prob­a­bly knew that because we’re real­ly proud of them so we talk about them a lot. >.>

ANYWHO! Jes­si has designed some WHAM-BAM cards recent­ly. She’s like an artis­tic genius and we could not be more thank­ful to have her in our fam­i­ly of crazy-cool weirdos.

Next time you stop in the store, say hi to (yeah, i’m just going to say it) Pittsburgh’s GREATEST Greet­ing Card Writer! She gets to refuse hugs if she wants to (HER BODY HER CHOICE), but I bet you she won’t refuse a giant smile and may­be some choco­lates! Or, just spend some time check­ing out all of her beau­ti­ful art­work.

Thanks for every­thing Jes­si! We Love You!