Archive for the ‘Chicago’ Category

Hiring Part Time Retail Assistant

Steel Petal Press is hiring for our retail shop and we’re looking for you! Read more about our company here:

We are looking for a permanent part-time (15-20 hours/week) RETAIL associate with potential for growth. This position has somewhat set hours and could fit well for a person with an open schedule. Weekend availability is a MUST. We prefer that the potential employee live reasonably close to the area of the retail store.

We are looking for a cheerful person with a friendly demeanor who loves working with people to fit in with our small team. This job posting is for help in our retail shop only.

The ideal candidate possess the following skills & attributes:

-Has a fun, upbeat personality and positive attitude
-Enjoys and excels at interacting with customers
-MUST be available work weekends
-Strong attention to details and multi-tasking skills
-Ability to work well independently and as part of a team
-Eagerness to learn, very reliable, and hardworking

Retail Sales Tasks include:

-Lively customer interactions and not-too-salesy, but fabulous customer service
-Energetic and friendly cashiering
-Maintaining Shop appearance: keeping tidy and clean
-Assisting checking in incoming orders and maintaining database of products in POS system
-Opening and closing procedures
– Checking in shipments from incoming vendors and adding new items to our POS
– Visual merchandising
– Helping with misc. BOH tasks as needed

We are interested in hiring the right person and training them to fit our business. 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 RESUME / work history
– 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:

If the steps above are not followed, your resume will not be considered.
** No phone calls or Drop Ins **

Work is on site, not a remote position and we work directly (we are open to) with the public with limited occupancy and are following CDC Covid guidelines. 

Hourly Pay DOE

Temporarily Closed (through April 8th)

Hey Everyone! We are temporarily closed to the public. Friday March 26th – April 8th.

Someone in our back of house shipping team has tested positive for Covid. (Mild symptoms) She does not interact with the public and is only in the studio one day a week, but we would rather be safe than sorry. Steel Petal Press will be closing to public so the whole team can get tested. We will reopen once we have confirmed negative test results.

Thank you for your patience and understanding! We look forward to opening back up as soon as we can!

Much love, Shayna and the team at Steel Petal Press

What Paper Source Bankruptcy Means to US

Shop Small Independent Gift Shops and Greeting Card Vendors

The Big News

If you are a fan of greetings cards, letterpress printing, indy businesses, handmade items, Logan Square or shopping small than you might have already heard the news. The Chicago-Based stationery chain Paper Source filed for bankruptcy last week. This announcement sent shockwaves through the stationery and gift industry.

Steel Petal Press has worked with Paper Source since 2014 and it is in part due to their partnership we were able to expand and grow over the years. For a long time they were our primary wholesale account and made up a significant chunk of our revenue. Our story is not the only one. Like many other small stationery vendors consistent orders from Paper Source enabled our growth.

Their bankruptcy claim has a profound impact on the stationery industry. The number of small vendors they helped foster is considerable. SO MANY of our colleagues and friends (including us) have been left with unpaid invoices tied up in bankruptcy court. (read more HERE and HERE)

There is GOOD News!

The stationery world is a magical, supportive and amazing space. We believe in collaboration over competition. Although so much is still up in the air, we are here to support each other, to share resources, to exchange information and lift each other up. We truly have power in numbers. There are several ongoing lists on social media of which companies have been effected and how you can help.

We at Steel Petal Press

Steel Petal Press is in the unique position of being on both sides of the story. We are a greeting card maker who has directly been impacted by the Paper Source bankruptcy. We are ALSO a retailer who is deeply invested in the stationery industry and bringing independent stationery lines (many of them our friends) to our neighborhood in Logan Square Chicago.

How can you help?

Keep shopping small! Continue shopping at our Brick and Mortar location or online, support our friends and colleagues, shop locally at independent shops that carry our line (and so many more small greeting card lines).

If you are our retailer we LOVE YOU. We are are SO THANKFUL to have made it through 2020 as small businesses, together. You can support us by ordering our goods online, through Faire and now also on Abound.

Chicago Snow Days 2021

Chicago Car Buried in Snowpocalypse 2021

Every few years in Chicago there’s a terrible winter with single digit temperatures and mountains of snow. The last winter I remember like this was 2015. Well 2021 is one for the books!

Yes, we might be buried in snow, but we are Chicagoans and we won’t let a little snow (or A LOT) stop us. If we did, we would be closed 6 months out of the year.

If you need a break from your home, Steel Petal Press is HERE and open 7 days a week. If you’re looking for things to do while you hunker down at home we wanted to share some ideas of how to keep yourself safe, occupied, entertained and SANE. We have lots of shit to keep you sane: puzzlescoloring bookscandlesmental health trackersjournals and SOAP. Also check out what’s NEW. Or just come say HI!!

Please remember to wear your mask! and sanitize your hands on entry.


We are finally entering the 2020s and getting on the TikTok bandwagon. Find us, follow us and like our shit! TikTok Web // TikTok Phone Ap.

Steel Petal Press TikTok

We are HIRING! Shipping Specialist

Shipping and Fulfillment Specialist Wanted Chicago

Fulfilment Specialist: 25 – 35 hours per week
1+ Years Shipping Experience Required

This is not a creative position!

Are you an experienced shipping guru? Steel Petal Press is hiring and we’re looking for you! Read more about our company here:

We are a small letterpress greeting card company with a brick and mortar gift shop in the heart of Logan Square. We print and package our cards in house and sell our items online and wholesale to retail shops across the country. We are looking for a detail oriented, hard working shipping specialist with small business experience and knowledge of major mail carriers, systems and processes.

The first step in the hiring process is to send us a cover letter along with your resume. No phone calls or drop ins please. We want to see your initiative and hear why you’re uniquely qualified and what you can bring to Steel Petal Press.

Shipping Tasks Include

– Process, package, and ship customer orders accurately and efficiently
– Securely package orders of varying sizes to eliminate damage while in transit
– Ensure all outgoing orders are correct
– Schedule FedEx or USPS pickupsMonitor shipping supplies to be ordered

Production Tasks Include

– Counting inventory and keeping inventory organized
– Folding, sleeving and packaging product


– Contribute efficiency and process improvements as needed
– Cost-cutting and time-saving ideas for shipping methods

Ideal Candidate

– At least 1 year shipping / fulfillment experience preferred.
– Experience shipping through major mail carriers (including: USPS, UPS, FedEx)
– Understanding and experience using e-commerce sites (Etsy, Shopify)
– Strong organizational skills and keen attention to detail
– Love of systems and ability to streamline workflow for maximized efficiency
– Ability to work well independently and as a team player.
– Has a fun, upbeat personality and positive attitude
– Enthusiasm to learn new things and take on new challenges
– Passionately believes in what we do and supports our mission, message and products
– Understanding of what it means to work for a small business

Bonus if you have the following:

– A love of stationery
– Familiar with crafty businesses or gift industry
– Familiar with our shipping software (Shipstation)

Personality means a lot! It is important that you understand our brand and fit in well with our small team. We are interested in hiring the right person and training them to fit our specific needs.We prioritize work culture. And our ideal candidate will understand our brand values and fit in well with our small team. Resumes without the ideal experience will still be considered.

To apply:

**If steps are not followed as listed, your application will not be accepted**
– Research our company and showcase that you understand our company / brand
– Email your resume and work history TO jobs.steelpetalpresss(a)
– Email your cover letter explaining why you feel you would be a great fit for this position and for our company (tips on writing a great cover letter here:
– jobs.steelpetalpresss(a)

** No Calls or Walk Ins **
** If the steps above are not completed your application won’t be considered **

Work is on site, not a remote position and we work directly (we are open to) with the public with limited occupancy and are following CDC Covid guidelines.
Hourly Pay DOE

Shipping and Fulfillment Specialist Wanted Chicago
Steel Petal Press

USPS Shipping Delays

USPS shipping delays due to pandemic overwhelmed

This is the current state of USPS sorting facilities. There have been major shipping delays due to low staffing, high volume and unprecedented times.

I CAN NOT STRESS ENOUGH how challenging 2020 has been. For everyone!! Postal workers, mail carriers, delivery service people, e-commerce shops, fulfillment centers, small business owners are all working extra hard for you. Working during a pandemic has proved to be completely unpredictable and overwhelming in so many ways.

Please allow extra time for you package to arrive. Thank you for your patience and understanding while we wade through the last few weeks of 2020. We really hope your packages get to you before Christmas!

Postal Carriers hard at work!

Updated December Hours

We have been busy little bees over here at Steel Petal Press. Thankful to still be open and surviving. This blog has been last on the priority list, and hasn’t been updated as regularly as I would like. For now we’re trying to get through the holidays season. Please note our current hours for December. We will be open one hour later weekdays and one hour earlier on weekends. Hope to see you in store or virtually very soon!! Stay safe and health out there. Big virtual hugs!!

Oh and for more regular updates be sure to check our instagram…. we post regularly there!

Honoring RBG

Ruth Bader Ginsberg was an inspiration to so many people, including myself. She fought for women’s rights and has become an iconic figure in recent years. Her work on the US Supreme Court and for gender equality leaves lasting legacy.

Today we honor RBG’s legacy and encourage everyone to continue to stand up for what’s right and fight for what you believe in.

XO – Shayna at Steel Petal Press

Happy Birthday America

Steel Petal Press will be closed on Saturday, July 4th 2020 in observance of Independence Day.

There’s a LOT going on in America these days, in addition to covid, a recession, protests and riots. Despite all all the national unrest, the united states is my home. It’s a beautiful country, full of diverse landscapes and people. It’s still something worth celebrating.

Whatever your political views, background, ethnicity, geographical or geographical location, we celebrate you! We hope that everyone stays safe and healthy out there!

Follow Steel Petal Press on Instagram

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Father's Day Gift Guide 2020

Father’s Day is NEXT WEEKEND and we have cards and gifts to help celebrate dads! The last few months have been hard on everyone, which is why we think it’s even more important to find time to celebrate what we can. Stop by our shop or order online. We are still shipping orders AND offering curbside pick up if you’re in Chicago.
Help spread a little love and remember to celebrate the little things!

Father of the Goddamn Year – Mug $16

Man With a Pan – Oven Mitt – $14

Mindful Thoughts for Fathers Book – $9.99

Cool Dad Socks – $11.50

Handy Dad Book – $24.95

Father’s Day Cards – $6

Father’s Day Cards – $6

Follow Steel Petal Press on Instagram