November Rewind – No Way…November Is Over!

Holy shit…November is over! Who knew!? Sure, there are calendars but, with how busy Steel Petal Press has been, who has time to look at them!

November kick starts the holiday season with Thanksgiving AND Christmas shopping which means it’s all-hands-on-deck at our retail location, however, there’s still plenty going on behind the scenes, too!

Keep scrolling to see what we did this past month:

Thanksgiving:
Steel Petal Press closes its’ doors on Thanksgiving so all the employees can spend time with their families (which is really what Thanksgiving is all about, right!) This year, even Shayna (our owner) got to go home to Washington, DC! Owning and working at a small business is very rewarding but it’s also SO MUCH WORK which means it is important to allow time for everyone to pause, take a breath, and enjoy friends and family. It’s also an important time for Steel Petal Press to reflect on what WE are thankful for: our loyal patrons! Without you, we wouldn’t be where we are and have the visions of where we are going… so thank you so much!

Small Business Saturday:
Now, while most retail businesses plan ALL YEAR ROUND for Black Friday, us small business folks are buckling down for Small Business Saturday. This day highlights the importance of shopping local and celebrates the big impact shopping small has on communities across the country. Our staff worked tirelessly to prepare and we were completely ecstatic about the turnout. It really does makes all the stress and long hours worth it 🙂

Cyber Monday:
November does kick off the busy season for shopping in our brick & mortar location but that doesn’t mean we don’t have a lot of online retail shopping, too! Steel Petal Press also had a huge push during Cyber Monday which was awesome! We had roughly 60-70 orders placed and our shipping woman was able to get them all shipped out by the next day.

Q3 Donations:
Did you know that Steel Petal Press donates a portion of our quarterly revenue to a non-profit of our choice?! Well now you do!  This past month, Q3 wrapped up which meant it was donation time, woohoo! As Chicagoans AND Americans, we know that gun violence is a serious epidemic that is impacting communities across our country. Because of this, we chose to donate to a non-profit called Everytown For Gun Safety. This incredible organization work to promote gun safety through strengthening background checks, advocating stricter laws which crack down on gun trafficking, and so much more. Steel Petal Press is so proud to have contributed to such an important issue and to be apart of the change we want to see in the world!

Winter Window Display:
It was also time to get our big, beautiful window into the Holiday Spirit with a little Christmas makeover! Our retail manager, Shelby, spend about a whole day getting all the ornaments hung up and the items re-merchandised but it was all worth it! It turned out beautiful and is a great piece of “eye-candy” for Milwaukee Ave. Check it out below:

Thanks for following our journey 🙂
Keep checking in to see all the Steel Petal Press shenanigans we get in too!

 

Holiday Gift Guide For Your Booze Buddy!

There’s no better way to get into the Holiday Spirit than with some Holiday “spirits”, are we right?! (DUH, of course we are!) That’s why Steel Petal Press is always fully stocked with funny and functional drinking gifts perfect for that friend (or friends) that gets down while boozin’ up! Check out our Holiday Gift Guide for your Booze Buddy:

Mug:
The “Hungover” Mug ($16) is designed by Steel Petal Press and is perfect for those mornings that follow a night of “too much” fun (if there is such a thing)!

Magnet:
The Whiskey Magnet ($6) is also designed here at Steel Petal Press and is inspired by a quote from a very famous fan of alcohol, Mark Twain! It adds a bit of attitude to any magnetic surface and we are all about attitude 😉

Soaps:
Soap Distillery is Chicago-based company that makes unique soaps based on alcohol. Some of the most popular scents include Whiskey, Bourbon, Gin, and the strange sounding but awesome smelling, Beer & Cigarettes. For only $7 a bar, these soaps make awesome gifts for men or women. They also add a little boozy charm to their self-care routine which never hurt anyone.

“True Stack” Drinking Game:
I’m sure your favorite boozing buddy didn’t think that drinking could get anymore fun…and they would be wrong! The “True Stacks” Drinking Game ($20) puts a spin on the classic Jenga game aka it just adds alcohol, but ya know, hell yeah!

Drinking Accessories:
It’s always important to accessorize even when it comes to drinking. Your booze buddy is sure to love some “In The Buff” drink markers ($13) or an Army Man bottle opener ($10)! We also carry a line of ice cube trays from Peak which come in Sphere and Cube form ($15). These make a perfect addition to any liquor lover’s freezer!

Winter Cocktail Book:
For that cocktail connoisseur in your life, this Winter Cocktail Book ($22.95) provides lots of great new recipes. Like we said, nothing makes getting into the holiday spirit easier than some holiday-themed spirits!

Christmas Cards:
We here at Steel Petal Press are big fans of greeting cards (duh) and also of booze (double duh) so we designed a Christmas card that combines both of those things. The final result? Our very popular ‘Tis The Season card.

We are at the end of our Boozing Buddy Gift Guide. Keep on drinking and be sure to stop by our brick & mortar store (and shop our Steel Petal Press products online) to browse these awesome products AND MORE!

A Chicago Pride Gift Guide!

As many of you know, or in case you didn’t, Steel Petal Press is located in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago. We thought it’d be a fun to do a little holiday gift guide that showcases some Windy City-themed products WE make here in house as well as some other great products from vendors we love 🙂 Without further ado, here’s our 2019 Chicago Pride Gift Guide:

Chicago Pride Gift Guide

Enamel Pins:
These pins from The Found (who also happen to be local in Chicago!) are such a popular seller in our brick and mortar shop. They are the perfect little memento so your loved one can wear their Chi Pride right on their jacket or backpack!

Coasters:
I bet you didn’t know that Steel Petal Press made Chicago coasters… but now ya do! Sold in packs of 8, they make a great gift for your Chicago booze buddy! Also features on our gift guide are some single coasters from another Chicago-based brand, Transit Tees!

Postcards & Greeting Cards:
As a company who clearly LOVES snail mail, we always have plenty of Chicago postcards and greeting cards at the ready including two we design right here in house: Chicago Postcard and our holiday-themed Season’s Greetings From Chi. Also included above in our gift guide are a few other top-selling styles from our pals at Tourist Courts and The Found!

Mugs:
Who doesn’t like a good mug? No one, that’s who! Which is why we carry a couple that show off that Windy City pride including the Chicago Mug which is designed by us!

Keychains:
These motel key-inspired keychains from Transit Tees make exceptional stocking stuffers and add a bit of Chicago flair to any set of keys!

Magnets:
We have a variety of magnets featuring some of Chicago’s landmarks (like our styles from Tourist Courts) and some styles that are funny and sassy (like ones from The Found). Either way, there’s a magnet for everyone and anyone who loves Chicago.

We are at the end of our Chicago Pride Gift Guide and we hope we helped inspire some Chi Pride gift giving! Stop by our brick & mortar store (and shop our Steel Petal Press products online) to browse these awesome products AND MORE!

Happy shopping and Happy Holidays!

Prepping for Cyber Monday! We have cards!

Prepping for Cyber Monday Letterpress Card Sale

We have been busy bees Prepping for Cyber Monday and we couldn’t be more excited for our biggest sale of the year!!  We’ll be offering 30% off our ENTIRE SITE.  Sorry for all the CAPS AND EXCLAMATIONS, we are just so excited and don’t want you to miss out!!

In order to get all the juicy details you’ll have to sign up for our NEWSLETTER.  Don’t worry we hate SPAM too.  We only send out an occasional email with product updates sales, events and other fun studio happenings.

So sign up HERE for 30% off!

October Rewind – It’s SPOOKY How Fast It Went!

The only thing that truly is scaring us that we have to do an October Rewind already because that month could not have moved any quicker! However, despite it moving fast, Steel Petal Press moved even faster in order to keep up with the hustle and bustle of a growing small business so keep scrolling to see what we were up to in the month of October!

7-12-16 Steel Petal Press Studio Tour
Chicago, IL
©2016 Jennifer Kathryn Photography

Springin’ Into Action With A New Wholesale Release:
The entire Steel Petal Press team has been in hyper drive to complete our new Spring Release. From designing, to printing, to photography, and much more, it’s a time consuming job but we couldn’t be happier with the new items we’ll be adding to our product offering! Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for when those drop for wholesale order and check out our Instagram and Facebook for little sneak peaks, in the mean time!

OOAK December 2018 Show:
It’s that time again when we are gearing up for the December One Of A Kind Show! This is a big show for us as there are lots of shoppers that come through with the hopes of knocking out some Christmas shopping with special and “one-of-a-kind” (see what we did there, *wink wink)* items for their loved ones! As much as we love the bustle of the show and sharing Steel Petal Press goods with the world, it does take a lot of time and energy to proper prepare, set up, and work the show! In the end, despite the exhaustion, it’s always worth it and is a great reminder that an important part of what we want to do with our brand is to connect with people.

Here’s some important details about the show:
– When: December 6th-9th
– Where: 7th floor of the Merchandise Mart
Booth #1021

We hope to see you there 🙂

Our Newest Addition:
Steel Petal Press could NOT be more excited about the latest permanent addition to our little family: Rachel Kopp! We brought her on originally as a temporary part-time retail employee to help us during the holidays, however her positive attitude and hard work quickly convinced us that we wanted her here with us as long as possible! We found Rachel through our Retail Manager, Shelby, as they are close friends and actually first moved to Chicago together about 4 years ago. It’s awesome to find such awesome people and cultivate a passionate and caring work environment that we hope shines through to all of those who stop in and shop with us!

HALLOWEEN:
Last, BUT CERTAINLY NOT LEAST, HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Shayna and our Shipping Manager Rachel are huge fans of Halloween so we made sure to do it up right this year at Steel Petal Press! We coordinated a very cute costume for all of  us working that day:
3 Blind Mice SPP

Rachel, Shayna, and Shelby were…can you guess it!? (3 blind mice, haha!) We received a lot of compliments…although a lot of people also thought we were the girls in Robert Palmer’s “Addicted To Love” music video (here’s a link if you need a refresher). BUT, it didn’t really matter because it was all in great fun. We got to hand out some candy to a vew very stinking cute trick-or-treaters so you could say we had a pretty kickass Halloween!

On to the next month, stay tuned 🙂

‘Tis The Season To Spread Holiday Cheer With Steel Petal Press Cards!

Ho, Ho, HOLY SH*T – the holiday season is fast approaching, and before you go and get into the “spirit”(s) *wink wink*, pick out a couple of our awesome Holiday cards that’ll make your family happy…or at least get them off your back!
Our new and classic Holiday card styles range from sentimental to snarky so Steel Petal Press is a one-stop shop for all your loved ones …
whether they’ve been naughty:
 or nice:
We know the holiday season can be stressful, but luckily for you, we’ve made picking the perfect card easy.
Don’t forget – Steel Petal Press also has all of your other gifting needs covered too including kickass gift bags, tags, and wraps:
All of these holiday items (along with much, much more!) can be browsed and purchased online through our super convenient website: Click here!

September Rewind – Goodbye Summer, Goodbye September

As we say goodbye to summer here in Chicago, it’s also time to say goodbye to September! In a blink of an eye, Fall is upon us and we have continued to be busier than ever here at Steel Petal Press!

Renegade Craft Fair:
Per usual, we set up a booth at one of our favorite local markets called Renegade Craft Fair! This event provides a great opportunity for us to sell direct to new customers and help spread the Steel Petal Press brand.

Renegade Craft Fair 2018

While the weather stayed mostly sunny, it showed us the other reason they call it the “Windy City”… there were extremely strong wind gusts that were blowing things over, UGH!

Also during set up, both Shayna and Matt pulled muscles in their backs (because they’re old obviously!) so Renegade Craft Fair was DEFINITELY a team effort!

But, through the wind and the aches, we had one of our most successful shows since we’ve started doing it so I guess you could say it was worth it 😉

Holiday Hoopla:
While Holidays are busy for everyone personally, it’s also one of the busiest times for our retail and wholesale businesses! That means we have to begin prepping for that way in advanced. Our retail lady, Shelby, has been hard at work intaking orders we placed from other companies and making room for them on our sales floor. We can’t wait for our holiday shoppers to see all the great new gift items we have! Shayna has also been hard at work preparing the store schedule to accommodate the influx of sales, extended store hours, and of course making sure we all have much needed family time 🙂 Lastly, Rachel has already begun shipping out holiday card orders to all of our wholesale accounts as well as prepping our new holiday items to drop for retail customers!

Revolution Brewery’s Oktoberfest:
For those of you who have never been to our retail space, we are located right next to one a very popular local brewery’s restaurant location and each year they throw an Oktoberfest celebration. It’s two days of food, booze, bands, and generates a lot of foot traffic for us because it happens literally in front of the store. Unlike last year, we made sure we were full staffed which helped us all maintain our sanity! While we were not as busy as last year, possibly due to chillier weather, we were still very happy with the turn out and were able to have a successful day in our store!

America’s Mart – ATL:
In other exciting news, we finalized our participation at the America’s Mart tradeshow in January 2019! As you may have seen in a previous blog post, we just recently attended our first tradeshow in almost 3 years and it went so well we wanted to keep the momentum going! This will be the first time EVER that Steel Petal Press will show in Atlanta and we couldn’t be happier as we really been wanting to grow our presence in the southern region and figured this would be a perfect opportunity to do so!

 

Stay tuned to see what we get up too in October 🙂

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 🙂