2014: Day 365

We're almost there. Just another four hours and we can officially put this holiday season, and year as a whole, to bed. I'm gassed. Just totally spent—emotionally and physically—but all the hard work was worth it. The amount of support, great feedback, and good cheer from K&L customers over the last 31 days has been tremendous; nothing but outpours of well wishes and kind courtesy. It's been a wonder to watch and to receive. I'm pretty much at the point where I can no longer answer all of my email, which is exciting and depressing at the same time. I've always made it a personal point of pride to answer every single message that landed in my inbox, but there's just no way I can do it right now. I apologize to those of you who have taken time to drop me a line or start a new dialogue. I've always enjoyed the banter and back and forth, but there's just too much at the moment. If you've sent it, however, I've read it—that you can be sure of!

There are a lot of things to look forward to in 2015—both at K&L and here on this blog. We already have a number of new projects in the making that should please customers old and new—things that will break new boundaries and stretch the understanding of what buying a bottle of alcohol should entail. We'll be expanding into new genres as well, as it turns out that artists of all genres enjoy their hooch. It's amazing how many of these folks have found K&L via this blog or some of our unique spirits offerings. Starting next week I'll be posting an interview series with some of the people I've come into contact with over the last few years; to move beyond simply the practical knowledge of production and into the general application of enjoyment. I started off strong a few months ago with director Steven Soderbergh and the conversation we had about Singani, but since then I've added a few names to the list that should add to that dynamic. Musicians, athletes, and more public personalities will be adding their two cents to the mix.

There's a lot more to talk about, but all in due time. Right now, I want to say thank you to everyone who has supported us in the store, on the phone, and via email; especially those of you who take the time to read the blog as well. It's a lot of work and it's demanding at times, but it's always worth doing when it leads to the type of interaction and relationships that I've encountered recently.

I wish all of you a happy new year and I hope you party soundly and safely tonight. Rest assured, I will be passed out on the couch before midnightexhausted, disheveled, and drunk. But I'll have a big smile on my face. And that smile comes from all of your support and general enthusiasm for good booze.

We love you all. Thanks again.

-David Driscoll

David Driscoll