Bike Buddy Gift Guide

Need a gift for someone who loves their bike more than you? No worries, we’ve got you. SPP is fully stocked with the perfect gifts for any bike buddy. See our top picks for the bike obsessed in our Bike Buddy Gift Guide:

Fun Awesome Gift Guide For Bikers
  1. Mindful Thoughts for Cyclists Book ($7.99), Quarto/Hatchette: This small but mighty book presents a series of focused meditations on why and how cycling can be a powerful practice of mindful awareness.
  2. Men’s “Bike.” Crew Socks ($11.50), Blue Q: On or off road, up or down hill,Β these socks make the perfect fashion statement for any bike enthusiast.
  3. Loop Wireless Speaker ($20), Kikkerland: This speaker fits conveniently around any handle bar and syncs up (via bluetooth) to any music playing device so your bike buddy can jam to their favorite tunes while cruising around.
  4. Rainbow Multi Tool + Light ($14), Kikkerland: This nifty little tool is both fun and functional! It has a variety of different tool “heads” including a light to help see in hard to reach places. It’s also rainbow colored so that obviously makes it really cool, too.
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June Month Rewind!

It’s June and Summer is finally kicking into full gear. It’s been a wet and rainy but that hasn’t slowed us down any. Take a look at our June Month Rewind!

Goodbye June Hello July Steel Petal Press Month Rewind

Happy Father’s Day!
On June 16th, we helped celebrate everything that makes our Dad’s silly, ridiculous, and downright awesome! We love our collection of Father’s Day cards but we love that we get to share them with your Dads even more!.

Funny Sweet Silly Letterpress Father's Dad Day Cards From Steel Petal Press

New Retail Window Display!
This is one of the most fun and most difficult tasks we do at Steel Petal Press. It’s important to us that our window displays look beautiful and eye-catching…but it sure does require a lot of work! It was well worth it for this season’s window because it looks amazing. We drew inspiration from our favorite part of Summer: plants and leafy greens.

Summer Plants Leafy Green Monstera Retail Store Steel Petal Press Window
Look how pretty it is!

Working On the New Release!
With the August deadline beginning to appear on the horizon, we used the month of June to power through some important aspects of our upcoming release. Although it is going to be much smaller than previous releases, what makes this one so special is that we are introducing 3 brand new product categories (as in, WE’VE NEVER DONE THEM BEFORE!!!) Those categories are stickers, wine bags, and daily tracker. But of course, we have a few leafy-inspired card styles coming out, too! We honestly couldn’t be more excited to finalize the release but we can show you some sneak peeks of these new products…but it’ll be our little secret *wink, wink*

Funny Sassy Stickers Emotional Daily Trackers New Release Items From Steel Petal Press
Left: Our new line of stickers featuring popular design elements from other SPP items! Right: Our new line of Daily Trackers to guide personal assessment of mental health
Left: The press plates for our new plant design cards.
Right: Final prints of our new plant design cards.

Shayna Went To Alaska!
In June, Shayna took her longest vacation since opening the Steel Petal Press brick + mortar location! She and her family went on a 10 day trip to Alaska. The photos were beautiful, and she had a lovely time, but it’s nice to have her back!

Denali National Park And Preserve Alaska Vacation
Just a few (of many) photos Shayna took on her grand Alaskan adventure!

Thanks for tuning in to see what we did for the month of June!
See you next month πŸ™‚

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Ladies Of Logan Square Pop-Up Series!

Hey readers,

We are are so excited to be apart of a NEW Pop-Up Series happening right here in our very own neighborhood called Ladies of Logan Square. It is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC so we better see you there πŸ™‚

Women Stationery Brand Owners Laughing Cute
Shayna (right) and Shelby (left) will both be there!

Now, there’s only a few things we love more than Logan Square and those are badass boss babes and booze. This event has all of these things (and so much more!). It’s intention is to connect some of our local, female-owned businesses with one another and with the customers who shop them everyday! It’s truly an honor for us to be invited to participate and we couldn’t be more excited to meet and greet some awesome people!

Ladies Of Logan Square Chicago Pop Up  Series

Here’s some important deets:
1) When: Thursday July 11th, 2019
2) Where: Ampersand Cowork (3317 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60647)
3) Who: Here’s some of the businesses who will be attending…
– Fleur Inc.
– Tula Yoga
– Ancestral Method Tarot
– Logan Square Pilates
– Logan Parlor Hair
– Play Toys & Books
– Wolfbait & B Girls
– SO MANY MORE!!!!!

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May Month Rewind!

Hey there, we’ve survived and thrived for another busy, busy, busy month. It’s time to take a look at what Steel Petal Press was up to in May in our May Month Rewind.

Chicago Print Crawl Was A Success!

Chicago Print Crawl Letterpress Printmaking Industry
We ran our presses all day on Saturday and our printer was open for
questions and comments from the public!

The Chicago Print Crawl was an awesome opportunity for Steel Petal Press to share a more in-depth look at our presses and letterpress as a whole with the public! We had so much fun and hope to be able to do it again next year!

Matt & Bailey’s Wedding

This was a very unique and special event for SPP as it was the first time one of our employees got married while they worked here! Matt has been with us for a little over 3 years and we love him (and his now wife, Bailey!) so much! The entire staff went to celebrate…but mostly to enjoy the open bar, haha! Here’s some photos from a very loving and memorable night:

Cute Group People Celebrating Cheers Drinks Wedding
Cheers to the Bride and Groom!
Cute People Laughing Smiling Wedding Group Photo
*Almost* the entire Steel Petal Press staff!
Can you tell we totally HATE each other, haha! *wink wink*

Happy Mother’s Day!

This month we also celebrated Mother’s Day on May 12th! Surprisingly, or unsurprisingly if you work in the stationery business, Mother’s Day is probably the next busiest holiday for us after Christmas. We do a lot of sales with our brick & mortar store and our wholesale business. But, that’s fine by us because MOM’S RULE!

Funny Sweet Snarky Letterpress Greeting Cards For Mom Mother's Day

Steel Petal Press *FINALLY* Won A Louie Award!

Love Your Bad Dad Jokes Greeting Card Louie Award Winner

This was such an honor to win a Louie Award for our Dad Jokes card! We have been a finalist for a variety of card styles a whopping 4 TIMES! But this time, we can finally say we WON!

Thanks for tuning into our May Month Rewind! We can’t wait to see what June brings for Steel Petal Press and we hope you keep on reading πŸ™‚

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2019 Father’s Day Gift Guide!

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 16th this year which means it’s fast approaching! There’s no question we all love our Dads but they can definitely be a pain in the ass….especially to shop for! But, that doesn’t mean you should avoid getting him something to celebrate the fact he’s YOUR Dad! That’s why Steel Petal Press put together a gift guide to make your gift shopping easier and his day more awesome! Without further ado, enjoy our 2019 Father’s Day Gift Guide:

Steel Petal Press Father's Day Gift Guide Funny Snarky Dad Gifts
2019 Father’s Day Gift Guide!

Father Of The God Damn Year Mug, Meriwether of Montana ($16) – This statement mug is the grown-up equivalent of giving your Dad a trophy for being the god damn best!

In A Fix Pocket Multi-Tool, Wild & Wolf Inc ($17)– We know Dads LOVE being handy…and let’s be honest, he’s helped you out a time or two in your life! This pocket tool makes being handy even more convenient and is a perfect gift for outdoor Dads, too!

Gentleman’s Beard Kit, Kikkerland ($12) – Self care isn’t on the forefront of most Dad’s brains. This Beard Kit will help him stay lookin’ sharp and handsome. As a bonus, your Mom will also appreciate this gift πŸ˜‰

Humorous Dad Socks, Blue Q ($11.50) – These hysterical socks will make your Dad laugh even more than he makes himself laugh.

Best Dad Ever Desk Sign, He Said, She Said ($28) – Now your Dad can brag to all his co-workers how awesome he is at being your father with this cool, classic desk sign!

Father’s Day Cards From Steel Petal Press ($4-$6) – We’ve created a line of Father’s Day cards that range from funny to snarky to sentimental so you’re sure to find the perfect card to let your Dad know how much you love him!

Be sure to stop by our brick & mortar store (and shop our Steel Petal Press products online) to browse these awesome products AND MORE!

Steel Petal Press Shop location:
2321 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60647
M-F 11-7 | Sat 10-6 | Sun 11-4

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May Retailer Shout Outs!

We love to see how you guys curate Steel Petal Press products out in the world! Let’s take a look at some of the amazing photos our customers and stockists tagged us in for the month of May!

Fun Snarky David Bowie Birthday Cards
Joanne and Company (rep group) – San Francisco, CA
Fun Cute Loving Mothers Day Greeting Cards
Paper Place – Austin, TX
Princess Leia Star Wars Mother Fucking Girl Power Greeting Card
Paper On Pine – Philadelphia, PA
Funny Dad Beer Pun Fathers Day Greeting Cards
Sacred Art – Chicago, IL

You guys really do continue to blow us away with your awesomeness πŸ™‚ Keep’um coming!

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Free Cards this Weekend!

Greeting Cards Chicago
Come Visit our Card wall!

We are giving away free stuff! Come visit our brick and mortar retail location in Logan Square this weekend. Every purchase over $35 will include a FREE CARD.

The promotion is this weekend!
Saturday, June 1st
Sunday, June 2nd
Only at our retail location!

Steel Petal Press Shop location:
2321 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60647
Sat 10-6 | Sun 11-4

We hope to see you soon!

April Month Rewind!

The month of April was busy, busy, busy! We love how fast time flies (it means we are having fun, right?!) Take a peek inside what the Steel Petal Press team has been up to in our April Month Rewind.

Employee Fun Time: Wine Candle Making
Every quarter Steel Petal Press sponsors an Employee Fun Time Event so the team can bond outside of the work environment. The team is really one of the best parts of Steel Petal Press so we always have a great time. We chose to do a Wine Candle Making class which walks us through how to make our own wine bottle candle! We chose everything from the bottle, the color, and the scent to make our very own custom candle!

Steel Petal Press Group Picture
Steel Petal Press group photo!
Group Wine Candle Making
We’re cutting the tops off our wine glasses so we can pour our candle wax inside!
Group Wine Candle Making
Goofin’ and learnin’ how to make wine glass candles!
Just sniffin’ out some scents to use!

OOAK Prep – SO MUCH PROCESSING:
In case you weren’t aware, one of the many things that make Steel Petal Press items so special is that they are prepared and packaged all by hand. This is what we can “processing”. It can be an incredibly overwhelming task during busy times like the end of a New Release and/or prepping for a retail market show like One Of A Kind. Well, lucky for us, both of these events happened this past April which made for a huge amount of processing to get done.

Steel Petal Press Handmade Cards
Every single individual card page was folded, enveloped, and sleeved by the Steel Petal Press staff! Be sure to think of that every time you pick up one of our products! πŸ™‚

One Of A Kind (OOAK) April 2019 Show:
We kicked off the first of our two OOAK shows for the year (the second being a holiday one!). These retail market shows are a lot of effort and time which means it’s important for us to constantly evaluate what the cost/benefit is as a small business. This year’s Spring/Summer show was a bit slower than all the previous years so we aren’t sure if we will be returning to this particular one. However, Steel Petal Press does amazing at the holiday OOAK so we will definitely be back for that one! Here’s a few photos from our show in April:

Left = booth setup and right = finished booth
Look at all the pretty Steel Petal Press cards at OOAK!

Steel Petal Press New Release – FINISHED:
We are so happy to report that we finished our New Release!! If you’ve been following us at all in the previous months, it’s been obvious what a huge task this is. With all our new products completed, we were able to make them available at our retail location and soon to be available for wholesale and retail (online) orders!

Happy Birthday Bitch Steel Petal Press New Release Card
A photo showing “plates” for new designs for this current New Release.
Steel Petal Press Letterpress Handmade Cards
A quick snapshot of Shayna printing some of the New Release styles!
Handmade Letterpress Funny Snarky Birthday Cards Steel Petal Press
Styled photo of some of our new birthday cards!
Funny Snarky Coffee Mugs By Steel Petal Pres
Don’t forget, we design our own gift items too! Check out these 3 new mug styles we created!

That’s it for our April Month Rewind here at Steel Petal Press. Thanks so much for checking in with us month to month and be sure to stay tuned for what we’re up to in May!

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March/April Retailer Shout Outs!

Oops!

We’re a little behind sharing some of our favorite content from our wholesale stockists the last few months… but, better late than never, right!? We absolutely love sharing Steel Petal Press with the world and we love even more seeing how YOU share it with the world.

Enjoy a few of our favorites we saw in the months of March and April:

Pulp & Circumstance – Newberg, OR
Studio Colfax – Denver, CO
The Fig Tree – Chicago, IL
Decade – Denver, CO

We get such joy out these so please – keep’um coming!!!

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Steel Petal Press is Best of Logan Square!

Best of logan Square
https://logansquarist.com/2019/05/06/2019-best-of-logan-square-winners/b

Steel Petal Press is thrilled to have won BEST Specialty Shop in Logan Square for 2019! We received an honorable mention last year, and are excited to be recognized and awarded with the title this year.

Visit the Logan Squarist website for the full list of all winners. Of course we LOVE Logan Square and everything it has to offer. We love supporting local businesses in the community and want to shout out the wide array of shops, bars, restaurants and coffee shops that Logan Square has to offer.

If you’re in Chicago, or visiting for a weekend, come to our neighborhood and see what all the hype is about.