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January Rewind – The Calm After The Storm!

January is always a welcomed break from the insanity of the holiday season. Don’t get us wrong, we still had plenty going on but it definitely gives us some time to breathe. Check out how we kicked off the new year in our January Rewind!

New Year, Happy 2020! – It’s a brand new decade which always fills the air with some exciting energy! The retail store was closed for 2 days in celebration which was a much needed break from the holiday madness. We are so thankful for all the support we received in 2019. We truly can’t wait to see what this year brings us. We love you all! 💞

Inventory – We also kicked off 2020 by doing the infamous “Full Inventory”…which basically means the store is closed for an extra 3 days so we can count EVERY. SINGLE. THING. IN. THE. STORE. (and also in our freaking warehouse!) This is a really important project because it allows us to figure out what we have to pay taxes on as well as start the new year with accurate inventory stock information. It’s such an undertaking with so many numbers and so many items to count. However, we have a great team who is able to even make doing inventory fun! The best part? We can show up in our pajamas! FUCK YEAH!

Steel Petal Press Wholesale Stationery Gift Brand From Chicago at AmericasMart Tradeshow
Here’s a look👀 at our booth from America’sMart January 2020 market!
Isn’t it so cute?!

America’sMart January 2020 – Shelby and Shayna hit the road again to the first market of the year! We enjoy doing the Atlanta Market because it’s a much more relaxed environment than in New York. There were no hiccups with our walls, electricity, or pallet…which is just how we like it! This makes set up so much easier.

Steel Petal Press Wholesale Stationery Gift Brand From Chicago at AmericasMart Tradeshow
Here’s a photo of Shayna with our beautifully, unharmed pallet!
Now it’s time to set up and kick some ass!

Overall, America’sMart is less busy than NYNow which impacts our sales (comparatively) but we enjoy doing this show because it’s in the southern region which is really underrepresented for us in terms of stockists. So, we want to get out there, on their turf so-to-speak, and be able to meet them and show southern stores how awesome we are. Overall, of the 23 orders we did, 18 WERE NEW…WHICH IS INCREDIBLE. We also have the opportunity to grow sales by following up with all of the leads we get at the show. These are incredibly valuable in growing the business so this adds to the value of going to shows. Until next time, ATL! ❤️️

Shelby Says Goodbye – Hey guys, it’s Shelby here and I just wanted to conclude this recap with the news that I am moving on from Steel Petal Press. It’s been an incredible 2.5 years here and it truly feels like I’m leaving my family. I don’t want to get any sappier than that but I just want to say thanks to everyone – whether you’ve worked at SPP, shopped at SPP, reached out on SPP social media, or visited with me at tradeshows – you helped me grow personally and professionally and man, didn’t we have some fucking fun along the way!? I can’t wait to see what life has in store for me and SPP in the future. Love you all SO, SO, SO MUCH.

XOXO,
Steel Petal Press

December Rewind – ‘Tis The Season!

We are running oh so behind on our monthly rewinds – UGH! It probably has something to do with us being busy as fuck! Anyway, here’s a few of the things we were up to in the month of December.
Enjoy our December Rewind:

Retail Madness – Overall, the month was EXTREMELY busy for our brick + mortar store because it’s Christmas…which means GIFTS GALORE! The support from our customers is overwhelming, but damn it it exhausting – LOL!

Participated in Holidays On The Square – We love our community so it was lovely being apart of this event again. It’s a fun way to promote all the great small businesses that keep our neighborhood thriving and unique! 💕

Holiday One Of A Kind (OOAK) – It’s that time of year again…Holiday OOAK! We do this particular market every year… It’s basically a Christmas tradition for us. The fact that it continues to be successful for us means the world! Part of our mission is to share beauty and humor with the world through our products, and thanks to your continued support, we get to keep doing just that!

Here’s a quick photo of our recent booth at Holiday OOAK

Shipped Pallet To America’s Mart – In Mid-January, we kick off back-to-back trade shows beginning with America’s Mart in Atlanta. In order to ensure our products arrive on time, we have to ship it on a pallet very far in advanced aka in December! It can be a nerve-wracking scenario because we’ve had pallets dropped and stuff go missing or get damaged – grrrr! However, this time around everything arrived safely which was a huge relief!

A photo of our pallet, safe and sound, at our booth for America’s Mart.

Park & Field Winter Market – This holiday season a local bar was testing out a small, Christmas-inspired winter market pop-up for small businesses in the neighborhood. We love the idea, however, it was an OUTDOOR MARKET. IN CHICAGO. IN DECEMBER. Skeptical? YES. While we had a fun time, it didn’t bring in much traffic, but ya know what? Sometimes you gotta try new things!

Finalized New Release – Our new release was finalized and we were able to make all of our new products available for sale in our retail shop and our website…just in time for Christmas! And, in spite of all the hard work and stress, we are super excited with the end result. Take a look at some of the new styles below 👇

Here’s just a FEW of the awesome new products we released for S/S 2020!

Thanks for checking out our December Rewind. Sorry for the delay but we hope it was worth it 😉 Check back for next month’s!

XOXO,
Steel Petal Press

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~*HOLIDAY EXTENDED HOURS JUST FOR YOU!*~

The countdown to Christmas 2019 is nearing an end which means there’s fewer and fewer hours left to shop for the perfect gift!

Ahhh, relax. We’ve got you covered with
EXTENDED HOLIDAY SHOPPING HOURS at our brick + mortar store!
Our goal is to give you the gift of sanity by making shopping
a bit easier this holiday season. We hope it helps! 💕

👇 Keep reading to see the dates and times
for EXTENDED HOLIDAY HOURS!

Steel Petal Press Urban Letterpress Boutique Greeting Cards Funny Gifts Chicago

Please note: WE WILL ALSO BE CLOSED Tuesday (12/31) through
Saturday (1/4) IN OBSERVANCE OF NEW YEAR’S AND INVENTORY!

XOXO,
Steel Petal Press

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Holidays On The Square 2019!

Come get your FA LOL LOL LOLs
at Steel Petal Press this Saturday, December 7th
during Logan Square’s annual Holidays On The Square celebration!

Holidays On The Square Shop Chicago Small Businesses Celebration!

You’ll also have your choice of a
FREE CARD (select styles) WITH ANY PURCHASE OF $35+!

Holidays On The Square is a super fun and festive way to celebrate
all the awesome small businesses in our neighborhood.

As a reminder, our shop can be found at 2321 N. Milwaukee Ave.
and we’ll be open 10am to 6pm on December 7th!

It’s sure to be a great day of shopping so don’t miss out!

XOXO,
Steel Petal Press

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Visit SPP At Holiday OOAK 2019!

Hi friends, it’s time for Chicago’s Holiday OOAK 2019!

One Of A Kind Show Holiday 2019 In Chicago

We’ll be there all day, every day to give you all the LOLs and
high quality, handmade goods you’ll need this holiday season!

Merry Christmas Happy Holidays Funny Letterpress Greeting Cards From Steel Petal Press
Enjoy the festivus with the rest of us by joining SPP at Holiday OOAK 2019!

Our products make the PERFECT gift for those with a great sense of humor so stop by our booth to start (or finish!) your Christmas shopping.

Here’s all you need to know:
Dates/Times:
12/5: 11am – 8pm | 12/6: 11am – 8pm | 12/7: 10am – 7pm | 12/8: 10am – 5pm

Where:
Merchandise Mart, Floor 7
222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL 60654

Booth:
#1021

Can’t wait to see you all there!

XOXO,
Steel Petal Press

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A Gift Guide Fit For The Outside!

Need some gift ideas for your favorite outdoorsman or woman? Look no further than our collection of nature, camping, and outside related items! We’ve definitely got something perfect for when nature calls…
but not like that…😉

Steel Petal Press Chicago Outdoor Camping Nature Gift Ideas For Christmas
From Top Left to Bottom Right:
Survival of the Fittest Kit, Wild &Wolf Inc. – $20
See America book, Chronicle/Hatchette – $19.95
Waterproof Outdoor Playing Cards, Wild & Wolf Inc. – $15
50 Places To Camp Before You Die book, Common Ground Distributors – $24.95
Wilderness First Aid Kit, Kikkerland – $9
Key Multi-Tool, Wild & Wolf Inc. – $16
Multi-Tool Flash Light, Wild & Wolf Inc. – $16

These items are all $25 OR LESS and available right now at our
brick + mortar store – get here before they’re gone!!! ⏳

Happy shopping!

XOXO,
Steel Petal Press

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Small Biz Saturday With SPP!

📣IT’S SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY!📣
Enjoy 20% off your entire purchase! (brick + mortar ONLY!)

Steel Petal Press Shop Local Shop Small Business Saturday Chicago Letterpress and Stationery Boutique

“When you buy from a small business an actual person does a little
happy dance.” Come make us happy dance all damn day.
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We’re open 10-6 so be ready to shop small and celebrate big! 🎉

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Trick-or-Treat with SPP!

We’re so excited to be apart of the local trick-or-treat outing this year! We’ll be handing out candy from 3-6pm and “awww”ing our faces of at all the adorable little kids in costumes.

Chicago 2019 Trick Or Treat Halloween
Stop by and see us for all treats and just a few tricks this Halloween!
Our brick + mortar store is located at 2321 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago.

Side note – the Steel Petal Press staff will also be in costume because we want candy too. Here’s a throwback to last years costumes:

3 Blind Mice Halloween Costume at Steel Petal Press
The 3 Blind Mice of Steel Petal Press

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!

Goodbye September Hello October Steel Petal Press Month Rewind Recap Blog

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!

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE POSITION
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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