We hope that you and all of your loved ones are healthy and safe. All of us at WREN are also reeling from the difficulties and worries caused by the spread of COVID-19.
We know that you’ve probably received a gazillion emails (approximately) from every single brand that you've ever sneezed near, online or in-person, regarding its approach to COVID-19. At this point, we are all under shelter-in-place orders and unsure of what is to come.
If you're reading this post, we want you to know that we're thinking about you, your family, your friends, your businesses, and all of the other moving components that make up our lives that have now been stalled.
Some of our amazing team members that are involved with sourcing products in Italy and Spain have been caught in terrible circumstances. Our team members in Atlanta are sheltering-in-place, grateful to be safe and comfortable as possible, and we are all doing our best to navigate this tumultuous time that few small business owners could have predicted.
There isn't much we can say that you haven't seen in other places. Like about how to navigate working from home— But a favorite article on the topic is linked here. Or the frustrating inability to help those in need as a result of the necessary lockdowns— But a great place to support Georgians in need can be found here. We don’t know when this pandemic will end or how exactly things will proceed — But we do know that hope and community are important and can be found here at Wren.
And we want you to know that we are taking every measure possible to ensure that our Georgia warehouse stays clean and safe for our staff. This involves masks, gloves, antibacterial wipes, lots of handwashing, and coordinating schedules so that as few people come in contact as possible.This is a shortlist of things that we are doing to keep both our team and our shoppers as safe as possible. Every product is wrapped in environmentally safe shipping materials with a careful antibacterial-packing procedure instituted based on CDC and WHO recommendations.
We believe that taking care of ourselves and allowing ourselves to have excellent meals, beautiful experiences, and pretty homes can seriously improve our minds, bodies, and spirits, especially while sheltering-in-place. We hope that WREN can be a tool in the home-cook arsenal to bring some semblance of joy, happiness, and light during these very trying times. Whether that's putting some crackers and tuna fish out on a cheese plate, or drinking tap water out of wine glasses to liven things up, we believe allowing yourself these little joys are a great way to help keep our spirits up.
From the start, we have worked to make our prices as low as possible, to maintain excellent quality, to focus on sustainability, and to emphasize our #notyourtypicalmonogram that we hold up as part of our brand ethos. All of our products are dual-purpose, meaning that if you need functional drinking glasses but want something aesthetically beautiful, we've got ya covered.
We would love to be a part of your sheltering-in-place experience, and while it won't be the normal friends + family affair, we hope you will get creative and have some fun with WREN.
A few of our favorite easy recipes are linked below:
Pasta + Chickpeas - trust us it's a winner.
Ultimate Banana Bread - don't promise this one to whoever you're cohabitating with, it's so good that you'll be tempted to keep it for yourself.
Zucchini Parmesan Crisps - vegetables. But better than crispy potato chips. You're welcome.
Potatoes, Soft Eggs + Bacon Vinaigrette - light and fluffy brunch dish of your dreams.
Alex's Chicken Marsala - date night dish, for when it's time to remember what not eating on the couch is like.
Let us know in the comments if there is anything you'd like to see from WREN during this time. More cheese, more carrots, more love- you name it, we will try to accommodate it.
Sending you lots of love,
The WREN team
P.S. We’d love if you tag us on Instagram when you use WREN products during your #shelterinplace. We want to spread hope and joy, and we’d love to see if our products are helping to do that.
P.P.S. Bonus points if you tag us when you bake the banana bread above and display it on your Olive Wood Board.
The Perfect Charcuterie Board in 5 Steps
Here's the thing; there are a lot of fantastic charcuterie (say it with me: shahr-koo-tuh–ree) board guides out there, but over at WREN, we keep it nice and simple. Aka, if it can't be done in 12 minutes or less, it's probably not going to happen. So we threw together a quick n' simple serving option, that will wow even the most critical of cheese-board connoisseurs.