Victor Cajiao of Typical Mac User Podcast recently reviewed our Brain Bag backpack. What did he think of the Brain Bag? You’ll have to listen to find out…
Riley is Tom’s Irish Wolfhound/Something Else mix, adopted
from a local shelter. Riley’s job is greeting customers in our Seattle store when he’s not busy hiking with Tom. Riley’s favorite things: biscuits, long walks, questionable sources of water, his red fleece kerchief, cats and squirrels (he just wants to be friends!), and belly rubs.
Visit Riley’s Page to meet Riley and his friends: Jasper, Chuckly, Bear, Boo, and Grendyl.
Send us a picture of your companion animal, and we’ll add him or her to the Friends of Riley gallery. You’re also welcome to submit a link to your favorite companion animal charity.
If you place your order by 2:00 pm Pacific Time tomorrow (Thursday, the 21st) and select UPS Next Day Air, your order will be guaranteed to be delivered on Friday, the 22nd.
We will be closed on Monday, December 25th, but will reopen on Tuesday, December 26th. All orders for in stock products received over the three-day weekend will be shipped on Tuesday, the 26th.
If you have any questions, please call us (1-800-729-9607 or +1-360-565-0143) or email us.
If you tried to call us after 4:00pm PST on Thursday and were wondering why we didn’t pick up the phones, it was because our power went out due to a huge wind and rain storm here in Seattle, Washington. Wind gusts reached up to 60mph, and the rain came down so fast and hard that it flooded many downtown streets.
Luckily, UPS had already picked up outgoing orders that day, and no shipments were delayed because of the storm. Power to our building returned early this morning, and we personally delivered your last minute UPS Ground and U.S. Mail shipments to the UPS depot and the Post Office this evening.
West Coast customers: You may still be able to select UPS Ground and have your order guaranteed to be delivered by the 25th. Consult our UPS Transit Time map or give us a call (1-800-729-9607 or +1-206-652-4123 or email us) and we’ll help you figure out the time in transit for your package.
Midwest and East Coast: Choose UPS 3Day Select shipping by Tuesday, December 19th, 2nd Day Air by Wednesday, December 20th, or Next Day Air Saver by Thursday, December 21st to have your order guaranteed to be delivered by the 25th.
Which Tom Bihn bag has been the most popular as a holiday gift? The Empire Builder Briefcase.
Our Seattle factory has rushed about fifteen Empire Builder briefcases ahead of schedule for those of you who want to order one and have it guaranteed to arrive before the 25th. Order soon – they won’t last long.
Tom Bihn (Design/Product Development/CEO): Adopt-A-Minefield.
Tom says, “These folks are helping war-torn areas around the world move forward. This is some of the most important work being done for the future, in my opinion. Give what you can.”
Read on for the favorite charities of Tom Bihn crew members.
Alex (Shipping Associate/Official Shoulder Strap Tester): Amnesty International: Working to Protect Human Rights Worldwide.
Amy (Seattle Store Associate/Tom Bihn Organizational Master): Northwest Harvest: Fighting hunger in Washington state since 1967 in a manner that respects the dignity of those we serve.
Brian (Inventory Coordinator/Customer Service Guru): Running Strong for American Indian Youth: Implementing and supporting programs designed to create opportunities for self-sufficiency and self-esteem, particularly for tribal youth.
June (Factory Manager/Zen Master of Production): Children’s Hospital: Founded in 1907, Children’s provides excellent patient care with compassion and respect, and conducts cutting-edge pediatric research.
Sunga Rose (Administration/Numbers Guru): KIVA: Loans That Change Lives.
“If you are looking for a high quality messenger bag made with technology in mind you can’t find a better bag than the ID. Between its solid construction, well thought out pocket placement, and clean simple looks it’s a clear winner in the messenger bag arena.” Read Sparky’s full review of the ID Messenger Bag. The ID is in stock and ready to ship in all available color combinations.
Last week, Sparky came by our headquarters with his 13″ MacBook so Tom could try fitting the MacBook inside the new Buzz Sling Bag prototype. Sparky’s MacBook fit inside the Buzz perfectly, and Tom is doing everything he can to make sure the Buzz will also fit the 15.4″ MacBook Pro.
Using our bartack sewing machine, Tom also created an extra-long key loop for Sparky so he can unlock his door without unclipping his keys from the key loop. Sparky posted a short video of Tom using our blazingly fast, 42-stitch bartack machine on his blog. Click here or on the image below to be taken to Sparky’s blog where you can watch the video of Tom bartacking the key loop.
Meet Tao. She’s one of the talented seamstresses in our Tom Bihn Seattle Factory. Tao binds the inside seams of our bags, and makes the handles of the Utility Tote. It’s detailed work, and one look at the handles of our Utility Tote shows how skilled Tao is at what she does. The Utility Tote is now in-stock and ready to ship.