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September Rewind – Fast Forward to Fall

We didn’t so much “fall” into Fall as it fast forwarded and smacked us right on our heads! These seasons are changing so quickly but we’re staying as busy as ever which is a good thing… we think. Find out what we were up to in September by reading our September Rewind!

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Renegade Craft Fair
Steel Petal Press is no stranger to Renegade Craft Fair as we show it every time it’s in Chicago! We always do really well at this show because it draws a huge crowd of people who are interested in small, creative businesses. However, it is a big time commitment. There’s a lot of organizing, packing, and set up involved which also means 1-2 bodies are required to be there and away from the studio. It can be a very stressful situation but we do our best to have fun with it, too!

People Shopping Greeting Cards From Steel Petal Press Renegade Craft Fair September 2019 Chicago

This year we were blessed with fairly good weather which will make or break an outdoor event. It rained a little bit overnight and into Saturday morning but it cleared up by the time people were out shopping! In the end, the 2019 September show did BETTER than 2018’s with more transactions and an overall higher sales revenue total – YAY! We love seeing progress like that being made year to year and helps us gauge what events are worth doing and which ones might not be worth the investment. It’s safe to say you’ll be seeing at Renegade Craft Fairs for a long time 🙂

Handmade Letterpress Greeting Cards From Steel Petal Press

Spooktacular Window Display
We change our window with each change of the season, so once Fall hit, it meant it was time for us to update our window display! Typically, we do something Fall-related but this year we went a different direction: A Halloween Window! Halloween is one of our staff’s favorite holidays so it was weird we had never done a window inspired by it! Without further ado, here’s Steel Petal Press’s new retail window (ps, we’re totally batty over it!):

Steel Petal Press Retail Window Display Halloween Bats Spooktacular Brick And Mortar Store
Here’s a photo of it from the day time.
Come check it out at our brick + mortar store located at 2321 N Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago!

BUT, not everything is as it appears in the day time photo…there’s one small detail that isn’t visible but “ups” the spook factor. Check out the night time photo:

Steel Petal Press Retail Window Display Halloween Bats Spooktacular Brick And Mortar Store
Look at those spooky purple lights! It’s the perfect touch for the Halloween season.
Come check it out at our brick + mortar store located at 2321 N Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago!

Staff Picture Day
Shayna’s super talented friend, Jenn, is a photographer so she came in to take some new, updated photos of the store and staff! These photos are used for EVERYTHING including social media and marketing material. It can definitely be a little awkward getting our pictures taken because it feels so unnatural but we have a honestly BLAST with it. We’re so happy with how they turned out, and while we can’t share them ALL on the blog, here’s a great group portrait, LOL:

Cute Funny Group Photo Steel Petal Press Team
Look how cute we ARE!
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Holiday Hiring – Welcome Christina!
As you may have seen on our social media or in our previous blog post, we began the journey of hiring holiday help. The entire hiring process can be a really stressful one. It’s A LOT of time and repetition, add that into preparing for the busiest time of the year, and it can be very draining. We were a little worried at first because we seemed to have fewer applicants than previous years, however – QUALITY OVER QUANTITY. We are so happy to announce the addition of Christina to our team for the season. Be sure to stop by the store in the upcoming months and say “Hi!”

Thank you so much for tuning into our September Rewind.
Until next month, XOXO!

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*~’Tis The Season To Work At Steel Petal Press~*

Steel Petal Press Gift And Stationery Brick And Mortar Store

Our little family is looking for part-time retail sales help during the holiday rush — could it be you?

We want 1-2 friendly faces for part-time, seasonal retail staff to help tackle the upcoming holidays. Sound like something you’d be into? FUCK YEAH! Click the craigslist link to learn more specifics about the job and what exactly we’re looking for!

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AND WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR!

We are a greeting card company with a small gift shop in Logan Square and our little family is looking for part-time retail sales help during the holiday rush — could it be you?
Learn more about our shop and what we do here: https://www.steelpetalpress.com/pages/brick-mortar

What We Need:
– This is a temporary retail sales position needed October 2019 through January 2020 (with the possibility of 
becoming permanent based on performance)
– Approximately 5-15 hrs a week with the option to pick up more hours as needed/wanted
– WEEKEND AVAILABILITY IS A MUST. 
– OPEN AVAILABILITY DURING THE FOLLOWING DATES IS A MUST:
– NOVEMBER 27TH – 30TH 
– DECEMBER 14TH – 22ND 
*Please note: you will not be scheduled for ALL of these days!!*
– *Preferred* Potential employee lives in or near Logan Square 
– Overall: an upbeat, positive person who loves working retail, with an aptitude for customer service and working in 
a fast paced environment!

What You Need:
– At least 2+ years of retail/customer service experience
– Strong attention to detail
– A friendly demeanor and a love of working with people
– A cheerful attitude and fun personality
– Reliability and a great work ethic 
– Ability to work well independently and as part of a team 
– Ability to effectively multi-task
– Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
– An eagerness to learn and do new things

This position will focus mostly on customer service tasks in our retail shop such as: 
– Cheerfully approaching customers and helping them locate items
– Energetic, friendly and efficient cashiering 
– General friendly customer service interactions on-brand with Steel Petal Press (fun and not too sales-y)
But, will also include tasks like:
– Sleeving and enveloping greeting cards
– Maintaining a clean and tidy retail shop appearance 
– Light retail merchandising

Does this sound like you? Cool! Follow the application steps below and we’ll see if you are a good fit for us.
Please note, applicants without the ideal experience will still be considered! 
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To apply: 
-Research our company and showcase that you understand a bit about what we do and who we are
-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 steps are not followed as listed, your application will not be accepted!*

EMAIL: JOBS.STEELPETALRESS@GMAIL.COM

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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 🙂

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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 🙂

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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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.

Chicago Print Crawl

Chicago Print Crawl

Steel Petal Press is thrilled to be participating in this year’s Chicago Print Crawl organized by Spudnik Press.

Spudnik Press is a community print shop located in West Town Chicago. They offer classes, workshops, private lessons and field trip tours for novices. For more intermediate printers, Spudnik rents studio space, and offers residencies and fellowships. Our very own printing assistant, Dan, recently went through their studio fellowship program.

The print crawl takes place on Saturday May 11th from 11am – 5pm. Steel Petal Press will be hosting an Open House of sorts. The presses will be running all day. Visitors coming into the shop will have a chance to ask questions while Dan prints. While we always have the presses on display at Steel Petal Press, this will be a unique chance to delve in and ask questions as we demo while we work.

Clearance Sale at Steel Petal Press!

clearance Sale at Steel Petal Press

It’s a new year and at Steel Petal Press we need to make room for all the new inventory coming in.
Come visit our brick and mortar and check out our clearance section.

Everything on clearance is 75% off!

We have everything from holiday stuff to mugs, desk accessories, fun gifts and more at MEGA DISCOUNTS.
Only at our retail location in Logan Square.

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

We hope to see you soon!

One of A Kind Show Chicago | 2018 Recap

We just finished up our 5th year exhibiting at One of a Kind Show Chicago.  It’s a four day sale located on the 7th floor of the Merchandise Mart in down town Chicago. There’s so many vendors a great handmade items from small nick knacks to beautiful (and pricey) works of art.

I’ve slowed down doing off site shows quite a bit since opening the SPP retail shop.  It’s not easy find staffing for outside events while also making sure the shop fully staffed (especially during the holidays).  But because the One of A Kind Show is in Chicago, it makes it easier to set up and man while still in Chicago.

The booth provided comes with hard walls and lights.  Tuesday and Wednesday before the show vendors bring in displays to showcase their work and make everything look pretty.  This is what our blank booth looked like before we started setting up:

We put up shelves, pegs and other table displays for all our product. Our white shelving is from Ikea, originally purchased for our first One of a Kind Show in 2014, which we have used every year since. We also have a table for boxed sets and home goods. Plus a little table to serve as our mini temporary cash wrap.

I always choose to power through set up on Tuesday so that if there are any last minute items I forgot or changes to the display, I can take care of those on Wednesday before the show opens. It also gives me some extra time to chill (if possible) before the show opens first thing on Thursday morning.  It’s a really long show, with 9-10 hour days for 4 days in a row. Any extra hours to rest are always helpful!

This year’s show was for the most part a success! We set up with enough time and have perfected our display (four years of practice, trial and error definitely help.)

The one major disappointment came on both Thursday and Friday mornings. Thursday morning I came into the show to find our singles and fives plus some rolls of quarters missing from our cash box.  Over $400 worth of change! 🙁

At the end of the first day of set up Tuesday evening I had accidentally left the cash box in sight.  It was at the back of my booth and on my bottom shelf, but still visible to passers by.  I didn’t realize it until I was already home for the night, but figured it would be OK. The Merchandise Mart has security and the seventh floor is closed to the public during when not show hours.  I got back in on Thursday morning I realized all my ones, fives and a few rolls of quarters were missing. It sucked.  I had Shelby to come in early to watch the booth while I ran to the bank to withdraw more change for the show. That night I made sure to take all the bills with me. I hid the cash box under the table and left the rolls of coins.

I arrived Friday morning to find that all my quarters were missing (again!!) .   Obviously someone targeting me the second time. Not only did they take my rolls of quarters, they also took our square reader so I couldn’t take any Credit Card payments for the first two hours of the show.  Luckily, my husband was able to drop off a backup square reader a few hours later.  It was stressful and unfortunate, but eventually resolved.

Aside from those two incidents, the show was really great! It was nice to see some familiar faces and repeat customers throughout the years. It’s always nice to hear laughter and see people connect with the work we make at Steel Petal Press.  In addition, we had our best year in sales.  So despite the thefts, overall I came out feeling really positive about the experience and have already signed up for next year.

Until then Chicago. Happy Holidays!!

 a

Extended Holiday Hours at Steel Petal Press

extended holiday gift shopping hours We are quickly popping in to share our holiday hours for Steel Petal Press Brick and Mortar Retail Shop.

We know, preparing for family, shopping, cooking and Christmas break can get hectic: and we at Steel Petal Press is here to help!! The shop is staying open until 8pm the week before Christmas, giving you a little extra time to check off everything on your list.

Make note of our holiday hours are listed below:

Holiday HOURS:
Monday, December 17th – Friday December 21st: 11am – 8pm
Saturday, December 22nd: 10am – 8pm
Sunday, December 23rd: 11am – 8pm
Monday, December 24th: 11am – 3pm
Tuesday, December 25th: CLOSED
Monday, December 31st – Friday, December 4th: CLOSED

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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 🙂
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