Steel Petal Press Is In Need Of Kickass Seasonal Help – Could It Be You!?!

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

The Position:
We are hiring for 1-2 seasonal (Sept – Dec) part-time (5-15 hrs) retail sales positions with potential to become permanent in 2019. We prefer candidates live relatively close to our retail shop (Logan Square area). WEEKEND availability is an ABSOLUTE MUST starting in October through Christmas. There is also potential to pick up additional hours as needed.

What We’re Looking For:
We are looking for an cheerful person with a friendly demeanor who loves working with people to fit in with our small team.

The ideal candidate must possess the following skills & attributes:
– Has a fun, upbeat personality and positive attitude
– Enjoys and excels at interacting with customers
– MUST be available to work WEEKENDS (October, November, December)
– Strong attention to detail and multi-tasking skills
– Listens and takes direction well
– Ability to work well independently and as part of a team
– Eagerness to learn, very reliable, and hardworking
– Fits in well with our small team

Retail Sales Tasks include:
-Lively customer interactions and excellent, not-too-salesy customer service
-Energetic and friendly cashiering
-Maintaining shop appearance – keeping things organized, clean, and pretty
-Opening and closing procedures
-Helping with window displays and merchandising
-Helping with misc. tasks as needed

We are interested in hiring the right person and training them to fit our small team. Resumes without the ideal experience will still be considered.

To apply, please follow these steps:
-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.  jobs.steelpetalpress@gmail.com
– Please include the job site where you found our listing

If steps are not followed as listed, your application will not be accepted.

(we will not accept calls or walk-ins)

Shayna is OLD, but Steel Petal Press has NEW Birthday Cards!

Another candle on the cake. Another year around the sun. No matter how you say it, it means the same thing: IT’S BIRTHDAY TIME!  We love birthdays at Steel Petal Press and we have designed some amazing new birthday cards that’ll be sure to fill any anyone’s special day with the perfect amount of sass & sentiment!

So Vain Birthday Card

However, don’t think we’ve forgotten a few of our birthday classics that, like many things including yourself, continue to stay? awesome with age!

Pulp Fiction Samuel L Jackson Birthday Card

Let’s also give a special shout out to our founder and favorite Libra, Shayna whose birthday is coming up on September 23rd! Our zodiac collection is a fun and creative way to send positive birthday vibes to any favorite sign in your life 🙂
All of these new & classic birthday cards (along with much, much more!) can be browsed and purchased online through our super convenient website: Click here!

August Is Done…And Here’s Everything We Did!

It’s hard to believe another month has come and gone, and with hints of cooler weather just on the horizon, it’s time to look back at the things we accomplished in August here at Steel Petal Press…WHICH WAS A LOT!

NYNow 2018 Shenanigans
After months and months of planning, it was finally time to execute Steel Petal Press’s first official tradeshow since 2015! And, we couldn’t be happier to report that it was a complete success (but not with out some stress, too!)

NY Now 2018 Tradeshow

First of all, the pallet arrived at the Javits Center with some minor damage which caused the stools we ordered to get lost in transit – UGH! Luckily, that was an easy fix.

Next, we (Shelby and Shayna) spent about 12-15 hours creating the right look and feel for the booth. There was the technical side of things like hanging shelves, assigning SKU stickers to products, and light adjusting. However, there were many creative things to do as well such as assemble a big envelope mural for the back wall and arrange furniture. It was very important to visually represent the Steel Petal Press brand as it is something we work hard to curate and display in every avenue of our business (because we are awesome, duh!) In the end, every bit of effort was worth it because the booth couldn’t have turned out better:
NY Now 2018 SPP Booth

We received so many compliments and strangers that just stopping by to look – it was so flattering!

At the end of of the show, we pulled in roughly 25 orders and built connections with about 40 additional businesses that we hope will order with us in the future. Needless to say – this far surpassed our expectations. Check out this newly updated stockist list to see all the kick ass stores that carry Steel Petal Press!

Shayna was also able to step out of the booth and place orders with other vendors for the Steel Petal Press brick & mortar location! We are as prepared as ever for the upcoming holidays with lots of great new items filling our shelves as well as restocking some old favorites!

The biggest hurdle we faced during the whole NYNow experience was during break down. The Javits Center lost our pallet and couldn’t find it until hours later. Stress and tempers flared but ultimately everything was packed up safely packed and we enjoyed a late flight out the next day (which meant we got to sleep in!)

New York wasn’t just all work! Shelby and Shayna were able to have some fun in their free time during the evenings. Shayna grew up in the DC area therefore her family would often went into the city for trips. She also lived in upstate New York for a brief time working for Women’s Studio Workshop. All-in all, she has a lot of connections in the city still including one of her oldest friends, Jillian, and her brother Jonah, who currently reside there!

To spare you the long, wordy details of all the fun we had…we’ll let these two photos speak for us – enjoy! :

(Left to Right: Shayna, Jillian, Bay (Jillian’s Partner), Shelby)

Cohen Siblings

(Left to Right: Jonah, Shayna – The Cohen siblings!)

Last, but not least, we planned one big night of doing something totally “New York” and decided to see the play adaptation of Mean Girls, especially because Shelby has never been to a play on Broadway! It was a glorious experience filled with awesome dancing, singing, and lots of laughing!

We are beyond pleased with the success Steel Petal Press had at NYNow 2018 and will be going back to exhibit next August! We can’t help but wonder what adventures await us next time 🙂

GO TEAM SPP!
High Five SPP

Helen The Heidelberg
In other exciting news for August, Shayna got a crash course in running our Heidelberg press, Helen!

Shayna’s good friend Kim, who owns Ramona & Ruth, came in from Nebraska for a couple days to share her knowledge and experience of working with a Heidelberg.

We even documented Shayna’s very first print EVER using Helen – look how cute and excited she is!!!!

What makes the Heidelberg such an exciting addition to our family is that it allows for us to print 2 to 3 times as much in an hour than our fully manual Chandler & Price press. However, we are also able to print using both machines at the same time which will prove helpful as our retail and wholesale businesses continue to grow!

Stay tuned for the continuing adventures of Steel Petal Press!
We hope you enjoy them as much as we do 🙂

SPP @ Renegade Craft Fair

Be sure to catch us at Renegade Craft Fair in September! It’s always the biggest and best of the year. The farewell to summer, catching the last glorious days outside before the weather turns on us Chicagoans.

Steel Petal Press will be holding it down at BOOTH 12, near the far east entrance of the fair. Be sure to stop by our booth for some belly laughs, hilarious paper goods and plenty  F-bomb dropping.

Hope to see you there!!

July Rewind – Where The F*CK Did This Month Go…?!

Hi there!

We can’t believe July has come and gone already…

While this month was much less eventful than the previous (IN ALL THE RIGHT WAYS), we’ve still been busier than ever here at Steel Petal Press. Check out all the shit we’ve done in our July Rewind:

NYNow Preparation
As we’ve mentioned before, Steel Petal Press is making the HUGE commitment of exhibiting at the August ’18 NYNow. So, there’s been HUGE amounts of planning, organizing, and stressing going on around here! With the show beginning in a little over a week, the entire team has been working so hard to get everything ready to go. In fact, check out what our shipping pallet looks like: NYNow Pallet
Although, we think it looks more like some weird alien cocoon…
This is only a small fraction of the work left to do for and at NYNow but we know it’ll be all worth it in the end 🙂

*By the way, if you’re gonna be at NYNow, come visit Shayna and Shelby at the Steel Petal Press Booth (#7675)*

Holiday Hijinx
We know it’s a little odd to be thinking about the Holiday Season when we are still getting 80+ degree days here (atleast in Chicago!)! But, our new Holiday collection will be going live on our retail website August 13th…(that’s only like 5 days away, how exciting!)

Our team worked super hard this year to add some fresh and holiday-themed products like cards (duh!) and gift bags. We are really excited for everyone to see our new items for this upcoming release.
Please consider this sneak peek an early Christmas gift *wink, wink*:

Wholesale – Oh, Wow!
We’ve been incredible busy this past month with wholesale orders, but trust us – we aren’t complaining! We love that so many people share a love of snark and sass as well as an appreciation for handcrafted letterpress stationery. Most notably, we got a BIG ASS order from our wholesale account with Paper Source who ordered JUST under 6,000 units from us…I KNOW, RIGHT?! They’re favorites from us include Awesome Babies, Holy Shit – Engaged, Holy Shit – 29 Again, and Big Gay Wedding. We truly appreciate every wholesale order we receive…it keeps us busy and allows us to share Steel Petal Press worldwide!

We Met Mayor Ted From Queer Eye!

Last, but certainly not least, a special guest unexpectedly came into our store…Mayor Ted from the second season of Queer Eye! We couldn’t have been more excited to meet this kind and humble dude who is working so hard to make political and cultural changes in his hometown of Clarkston, GA! It was such an honor to meet him (and the Fab Five by extension, right?!)

That’s it for us and our July Rewind!
Stay tuned for all the exciting adventures August will bring 🙂

Wedding Cards to make you AWWW or LOL

New Wedding Cards from Steel Petal Press

It’s Summer which means humidity isn’t the only thing in the air…LOVE IS, TOO! What we’re trying to say is: IT’S WEDDING SEASON!

Steel Petal Press LOVES weddings so we focused on creating the perfect collection of wedding cards that range from snarky to sentimental! These include some new favorites and old classics

Mazel Tov Congratulations Card

Wedding Congratulations Card

However, as our owner Shayna celebrates her 8 year wedding anniversary on July 31st,  we here at Steel Petal Press recognize the importance of celebrating love that continues to grow each and every year. Therefore, we created a variety of anniversary cards so there’s sure to be an ideal choice for every type of couple.

Anniversary Cards by Steel Petal Press

All of these Wedding and Anniversary cards (along with much, much more!) can be seen and purchased online through our super convenient website: Click here!

 

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!
Steel Petal Press
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!
Steel Petal Press
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.