- Apr 15, 2015
Exactly one year ago a fire destroyed my pride and joy – the Robert Mason Gay Street Store – into which I had poured my heart. As I reflect back on the past year, I realize that the destruction was of the store, not my spirit. In fact, it was through the fire that I found unwavering support and a strength I never even knew I had. And I owe this all to you, my amazing customers and friends. Through one of the hardest moments of my life, I have emerged feeling stronger than ever…and I thank you for that!
We've added two entrepreneurs, Brett Kaufman and Jeff Wilkins, as investors and board members to expand the Robert Mason brand and retail operations. My team's efforts will focus on continuing to grow our global e-commerce business. The ShopRobertMason.com website currently carries many of your vintage inspired favorites and we will soon be adding some of the popular in-store items: the Pen Bar, the Paper Vault and Stationery Bar.
We are busy planning our new retail store in Columbus, Ohio, and we are scouting new locations in the Short North and downtown Columbus. The new store will be even bigger and better than the original and will stock over 200 brands, including an ever-expanding list of local partners and products.
I've come a long way since first starting the company in my parent’s basement when I was just 12-years-old. The Robert Mason Co. represents timeless quality and uncompromising work ethic. The image and name is a reminder that no matter what happens, we can rise above it and use adversity to create something bigger than we even dreamed. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart for continuing to stand behind the Robert Mason Brand and I look forward to bringing you a shopping experience like you have never seen!