Summer Wedding Gift Guide!

Ahhh, it’s Summer time which means there isn’t only humidity in the air… LOVE IS TOO!

What we’re trying to say is: IT’S WEDDING SEASON. Couples everywhere are celebrating the warm and sunny weather by celebrating their love for one another with friends and family.

As a time honored tradition, it’s important to give a gift as a token of affection and support for this new journey in which the bride and groom are about to begin (also, what’s a big life moment with out gifts, right?!). Well, here at Steel Petal Press we love weddings and have put together some of our top picks from our store that will make any couple’s special day just a little bit more special.

CHECK OUT OUR SUMMER WEDDING GIFT GUIDE:

Item Guide:
1. Pinch Provisions Minimergency Kit For Brides, available at Steel Petal Press brick & mortar location
2. Chronicle Books Bride Ideas Stick Notes Set, available at Steel Petal Press brick & mortar location
3. Pinch Provisions Minimergency Kit For Bridesmaids, available at Steel Petal Press brick & mortar location
4. Slant Collections Wifey/Hubby Stemless Champagne Glass Set, available at Steel Petal Press brick & mortar location
5. Chronicle Books The Newlywed Cookbook, available at Steel Petal Press brick & mortar location
6. Adulting For The Win One Penis For The Rest Of Your Days Award Ribbon, available at Steel Petal Press brick & mortar location

Card Guide:
1. So Much Yes Illustrated, available online and at Steel Petal Press brick & mortar location
2. Open Bar, available online and at Steel Petal Press brick & mortar location
3. Holy Shit You’re Married!, available online and at Steel Petal Press brick & mortar location
4. Crazy Ride, available online and at Steel Petal Press brick & mortar location

June Rewind – WHAT A MONTH!

It doesn’t seem possible to already be doing a June 2018 recap but here we are…

It’s safe to say that this past month has been one of the most busy/insane/strange/awesome months we’ve had in a long while here at Steel Petal Press. So, buckle up and get ready to take a crazy ride through this June Rewind:

Drunk Driving Disaster
Our month started off with quite a bang…
During an early weekend morning, a drunk driver crossed traffic lanes and ran into a bunch of bike racks which then proceeded to smash through our large front window:
Needless to say, there was glass and merchandise EVERYWHERE.

Steel Petal Press Steel Petal Press But, despite the obvious frustration and stress, no one was hurt AND the thank you to the amazing Steel Petal Press team (plus additional loved ones) who kicked ass during cleanup. A huge shout out to the other businesses in our neighborhood who were beyond generous!

Boarded Up Window = Break In
Unfortunately, we had to remain windowless for close to a month and we were graced with a big slab of plywood (can you sense the sarcasm?). One early morning, we received a call from our security company alerting us that our alarms were going off. Our video surveillance soon uncovered that two suspects had torn down the plywood “window” and spent about 10 minutes browsing through the store before triggering our alarm system and fleeing. Luckily, and also confusingly enough, they only made off with a mug, a couple tea towels, and some wine charms…? It was an interesting shopping list but considering it could have been much worse, we weren’t going to complain one bit!

Letterpress Out Of Lemons
You might be asking how we weren’t totally losing out minds…well, that’s fair. And the answer is that we almost were! Thankfully, we were able to take these series of negative experiences and make a really positive addition to the Steel Petal Press team: Enter our new Heidelberg Press! Steel Petal Press Initially, the Heidelberg was too big to fit through the door but we got creative and decided to bring it in through the window! Now Shayna just has to learn use this thing…

Hi’s And Bye’s To The Team
Steel Petal Press has also made some huge changes to our team this month. For starters, we sadly parted ways with our Studio Manager, Kat who has been with us for 3 years! She was a vital part of our team and we will greatly miss her! Our team also expanded as we said “hello” to our second full-time employee: Rachel!
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Since moving from Michigan to Chicago, she has seamlessly fit into our team. Her main roles include a lot of behind-the-scenes work such as managing wholesale accounts and shipping orders. Be sure to stop in and make her feel welcomed to our city 🙂

Lastly, we officially made our retail shop assistant, Glory, a permanent part of Steel Petal Press!
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You probably recognize her bright and shining face if you’ve ever dropped by our brick and mortar location! We are really happy to have her be one of the faces of Steel Petal Press.

Whoa, Wholesale Goals
One of our many goals this year was to really focus on building and expanding our wholesale business. We’ve added about 10-15 new stockists in this past month alone (be sure to check out our stockist list here) as well as take on some new sales reps all over the USA! WOOHOO!

Stay tuned for the Holiday 2018 release!

Scenes from around the Studio: May Edition

It’s been a fun and busy month at Steel Petal Press!

For months we’ve been hard at work, designing, creating and printing 40+ new cards, bookmarks, magnets, mugs and gift wrap. Seriously, we start planning our May release in January. First we decide what new products we want to create, and start working on designs.  We go through several iterations of many designs to further refine what we have, how it looks and what it says.  Once all the designs are ready to move forward, we go into production.  Printing and packaging all the cards in house takes several weeks of work, especial with a big release like the one we just completed.  We also do a full catalog redesign, removing items we have discontinued and adding all the new items.  After that we photograph all the cards and get them onto our online shops.  It’s definitely an undertaking and it takes multiple months from start to finish.

I am particularly excited to share our new hand ILLUSTRATED line of cards (pictured below) by owner, Shayna Norwood. We are taking our love of hand drawing back to our roots with this beautiful new line of cards.

Illustrated Letterpress Cards from Steel Petal Press

Drawing Process Greeting Cards

We also have lots of funny new cards for when you think HOLY SHIT.

New Holy Shit cards from Steel Petal Press

Aside from working on the big new release I also traveled to the National Stationery Show again this year as a buyer. I have always loved being at the Stationery Show either as an observer walking, exhibiting or buying. It’s such a lovely community of people.  Paper People are the BEST people.  I know so many people from the years I’ve spent exhibiting, buying and from the Tradeshow Bootcamp community so in some ways it feels a little bit like “coming home.”

National Stationery Show Trip

I will leave you with this calming photo taken on my flight back to Chicago. After a whirlwind month of May, it’s nice to be home and we have some exciting big things cooking!!

If you’re interested please follow us on instagram for weekly updates about the shop and what we have in store.

Join Our TEAM!

Steel Petal Press is hiring and we’re looking for you!
Read more about our company here: http://www.steelpetalpress.com/

We are a small boutique stationery company specializing in handmade letterpress greeting cards. Our flagship location is located in Logan Square (just off the California Blue line stop.) We are looking for a permanent full-time retail and shipping assistant (approximately 30-40 hours/week). Weekend availability is a MUST. This is strictly retail customer service and shipping position, with light merchandising duties.

The expected schedule for this position will be 8 hour shifts with dedicated time for shipping and dedicated time for retail tasks.

We are looking for an exuberant people person who can multi-task with ease. We want someone who has excellent shipping experience and loves working with people to fit in with our small team.

The ideal candidate(s) would possess the following skills & attributes:
– Has at least 2 years shipping experience, packaging orders, and familiarity with USPS, FedEx, and UPS shipments
– Has at least 2 years of excellence retail and sales experience- in a boutique setting is ideal
– Inventory Management experience
– Outstanding communication skills
– Self-motivated and proactive
– Has a fun, upbeat personality, and positive attitude
– Eagerness to learn, very reliable and hardworking
– Strong attention to details and multi-tasking skills
– Ability to work well independently and as part of a team
– MUST be available work weekends
– Availability for the 30-40 hour per week schedule we desire

Retail Tasks include:
– Lively customer interactions and excellent, not-too-salesy, but personal customer service!
– Energetic and friendly cashiering
– Retail store maintenance
– Opening and closing procedures
– Helping with misc. tasks, including some merchandising and post production of greeting cards as needed

Shipping Tasks include:
– Packaging and shipping orders
– Managing payments and outgoing orders from our 5 sales channels
– Shipping customer service
– Ordering shipping supplies
– Helping to manage and maintain inventory levels

Bonus (but not required) if you have any of the following: merchandising, graphic design skills, or tradeshow experience.

To apply, please follow these steps. If steps are not followed as listed, your application will NOT be accepted:
– Research our company and showcase that you understand a bit about our company.
– Email your COVER LETTER explaining why you feel you would be a great fit for this position and our company (Tips on writing a great cover letter: http://theeverygirl.com/7-tips-to-write-the-perfect-cover-letter).
– Email your RESUME or work history.

If it seems that initially you may be a fit for our company, we will first conduct short online survey interviews. If it seems like a good fit, some candidates may then be called for in person or Skype interviews.

Father’s Day Gift Guide from Steel Petal Press

Father's Day Gift Guide

Father’s Day is coming up and we wanted to make sure you’re ready with a unique letterpress father’s day card and a hilarious gift or two to keep him laughing so we created this Father’s Day Gift Guide to help you on your quest for the perfect gift!

At Steel Petal Press we got you covered with BOTH funny cards, and one of a kind gifts for you dad or baby daddy on Father’s Day.  Below is a quick gift guide of the best items we recommend for your dad.

You can find all of these awesome gifts below at our Brick and Mortar Retail shop in Logan Square Chicago!

Blue Q men’s socks are always a big hit!  We have a great selection of socks for baseball lovers, for mr fix it, for sports lovers or handymen.

Father's Day Socks

We also have mugs for dad, dog dads, cat dads or anyone who loves hot liquids, coffee or tea
Finally, Gentleman’s Hardware is always a big hit.  They offer an array of tools for men, outdoor tools and useful well designed items for the Gentleman in your life.

Father's Day Gift Guide Father's Day Gift Guide

Visit us as anytime!!

Steel Petal Press  2321 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago 60647
You can find all the Father’s Day cards for sale on our website!

Father’s Day is June 17th – We got you covered!

Father's Day Card Star Wars

Father’s Day is less than a month away, and Steel Petal Press has got you covered with funny and sweet Father’s Day Cards for all kinds of dads.

Does your dad like Star Wars? We recommend this card.
Is he more into beer? What about this card.
Is he a sports fan? This card should do the trick.

Visit our website today and pick out the perfect snarky, sassy or sweet card for your dad (or your baby daddy)

Father’s Day is Sunday June 17th!

Letterpress Father's Day Cards

Mother’s Day is Sunday May 13th!

mother's day gifts steel petal press

Listen, we’re not trying to nag you but Mother’s Day is a little over a week away:  SUNDAY May 13th which means you’re running out of time to pick the perfect card to celebrate your mom!

Steel Petal Press has got a variety of Mother’s Day cards which range from funny to sentimental so you can pick just the right one to show your mom you care!

Visit us as Steel Petal Press
2321 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago 60647

cards for mom and dad

But, let’s be honest, after all the shit you probably put her through it might be nice to get her a little something else. No worries, we’ve got plenty of perfect little something else’s that Mom’s are bound to love!

Maybe a mug to put all her coffee in (which she needs now thanks to you)? Or even a magnet to hang up your old artwork she still keeps on the fridge?

mother's day gifts steel petal press

Regardless, she’s bound to love whatever you pick out for her…so just make sure to pick her out something before Sunday!  After all, she did go through hours of labor to birth you, so why wait ‘til the last minute!

mother's day cards

Steel Petal Press at the Spring One of a Kind Show

one of a kind show chicago

We’re so excited to be participating in the One of a Kind Spring Show this Friday – Sunday! We’ll be on the 7th floor of The Merchandise Mart In BOOTH 1035!

We’ll be there with a brand new release of SO MANY NEW NEW NEW cards and products. We’re excited to share them all with you!

ALSO – Mother’s Day is just a few weeks away (Sunday May 13th) so don’t forget to pick up a card for mom while you shop.

Of if you can’t make the show, you can always pick up a Mother’s Day card through our online shop
We can’t wait to see you guys there!

St Patty’s Day Glassware SALE!!!

Glassware Sale

We are gearing up for St Patrick’s Day this Saturday! To help you celebrate we’re offering 20% off glassware at our brick and mortar location. Come by and grab a glass, have a drink and let’s get classy for the weekend!

All Glassware is 20% off Monday 3/12 – Saturday 3/17

Steel Petal Press
2321 N Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647

M-F 11-7 | Sat 10-6 | Sun 11-4

Stay safe this weekend, and please drink responsibly!

Glassware Sale
Glassware Sale

Your Mom deserves a Funny Mother’s Day Card

Mother's Day Card

Mother’s Day is Sunday May 13th and we got you covered!

Don’t forget the lady that birthed you, changed your poopy diapers and the one who made you awesome. She deserves a gold medal, or at least a funny card. Show mom how much you appreciate her on Mother’s Day. The least you could is give her a good chuckle.

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Letterpress Mother's Day Card

letterpress mothers day card

Don’t forget Dad too!

Star Wars Father's Day Card