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Hiring Retail and Shipping Assistant

Steel Petal Press is hiring

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

We are a small boutique stationery company specializing in letterpress greeting cards and wedding invitations, our flagship location is located in Logan Square (just off the California Blue line stop.) We are looking for a permanent part-time *floater* position (approximately 5-15 hours/week) with potential for growth. This floater position has very flexible 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. A floater will occasionally fill in for shifts in retail, shipping, and post production during busier/seasonal times and/or when other employees have to take off of work (short vacations, medical leave, family leave, etc).

The ideal candidate is a person with great retail & customer service experience, keen attention to detail and who will fit in well with our small team. A passion for stationery is a bonus.

Retail Sales Tasks include:
-Customer interaction and service
-Retail store maintenance
-Opening and closing procedures
-Helping with window displays and merchandising
-Helping with misc. tasks as needed

Shipping Clerk / Post Production Tasks include:
-Processing, shipping and packing online and wholesale orders
-Counting inventory, and keeping inventory organized
-Folding, sleeving and packaging product

The ideal candidate(s) would possess the following skills & attributes:
-Eagerness to learn, very reliable and hardworking
-Has retail and sales experience, especially in a boutique setting
-Enjoys working with customers
-Has a fun personality and positive attitude
-Gets excited about crafty, artistic goods
-Ability to work well independently and as part of a team
-Fairly open availability for the flexible schedule we desire
-Must be available work weekends

It’s a bonus but not required if you have:
-Social Media, marketing, writing experience
-Familiarity with wedding invitations and stationery

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. 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:
-Email your RESUME or work history.
-Use this email: kat at steelpetalpress dot com.

If it seems that initially you may be a fit for our company, we will first conduct short phone interviews. Some candidates may then be called in for in person interviews.

Steel Petal Press Holiday Sales!

Steel Petal Press Small Business Saturday Sale

Please help support small, local businesses this holiday season!!

Why is it so important to shop local? Independent, locally owned shops keep three times as many dollars in the local economy than nationally owned chains and give more back to local needs… on average, non-profits receive 250% more support from smaller business owners than they do from large businesses.

Locally-made products help build local economies, provide better paying jobs for local residents and add character and culture to communities. Locally-made products are typically more uniquely designed and more carefully crafted than those made in mass.

We will be hosting a STORE-WIDE SALE.
25% off all regularly priced items!!

Our Black Friday & Small Business Saturday sales will be offered
only at our retail location in Logan Square
2321 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago IL 60647

Black Friday | Friday, November 25
11am – 7pm

Small Business Saturday | Saturday, November 26
10am – 6pm

Fine Print
the sale does not extend to already discounted items.
purchases made during the sale will not go towards frequent buyer punch cards

Shop Small Black Friday Chicago Sale

Shop Local – Steel Petal Press and Gift Chicago!

Shop Local Gift Chicago

At Steel Petal Press we’re proud to be a locally owned business and we love supporting other small businesses within Chicago.

We are thrilled to be participating in GIFT CHICAGO. Gift Chicago is a collaborative event to connect likeminded shops across the city of Chicago that, in turn, support local makers and artists.

During the weekend of December 3-4, 2016, these participating shops will be offering special promotions and giveaways as a “thank you” for supporting small business and local artisans. Give the gift of locally-made & locally-bought this holiday season!

During this weekend we will also be offering a 15% discount to shoppers who mention“Gift Chicago”

Fine Print
the sale does not extend to already discounted items.
purchases made during the sale will not go towards frequent buyer punch cards

Holidays on the Square with Steel Petal Press

Holidays on the Square - Logan Square

I will be are first year having a retail shop during the holidays and we’re gearing up for some fun events in December. We’re thrilled to be participating in Holidays on the Square, a local Logan Square event along side other kick ass Logan Square establishments.

In its fifth year, Holidays on the Square is a multi-location kick-off to the winter holidays, featuring special events, promotions and activities offered by Logan Square small businesses and NFP organizations. The event is organized by Logan Square Chamber of Arts/Hairpin Arts Center, local business owners and volunteers to encourage residents to shop locally and strengthen community ties.

Holidays on the Square (HOTS) was created to give small businesses and NFP’s of Logan Square the opportunity showcase their wares and services.

Shop Windows at Steel Petal Press

We’ve been having a lot of fun coming up with creative seasonal shop windows at Steel Petal Press.  Here’s an image of our spring and fall windows for our first few months open 🙂

Fall Window Steel Petal Press

Stationery and Gift Shop Logan Square Chicago

At the end of November we’ll be switching it up for a more winter holiday feel.  Below is a little inspiration I’ve been drawing from.  Or you can also check out my Shop Window Inspiration Pinterest Board.  (What did we do before pinterest?) 🙂

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Steel Petal Press was nominated for a Brassy Award!


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

Steel Petal Press was nominated for a Brassy Award!

An entrepreneur is “one who undertakes significant financial risk.” So, really, all sellers are brave. You’re all bold. You’re all crazy enough to ignore the odds and tough enough to stick it out.

Square hears a lot of these stories, and some stand out. Stories of extraordinary vision and extreme perseverance. Of building your community while you build your business. Of turning an idea into a livelihood into an unstoppable force.

Square created the BRASSYs—their first-ever awards program—because they want to recognize these sellers. Five BRASSY winners will receive mentorship from business luminaries at a special one-day Seller Summit, a $10,000 cash prize, Square hardware, and more.

Please help by voting:

What is your company’s vision?

Steel Petal Press shares beauty and humor with the world through handmade, letterpress stationery. We create letterpress greeting cards that help people celebrate and connect through life’s important moments. Our brick and mortar retail shop supports local and independent makers with a focus on beautifully designed products that help spread joy and laughter.

What makes your product or business unique and innovative?

At Steel Petal Press we use the historic craft of letterpress printing everyday in our studio. All our greeting cards are 100% letterpress printed in house. We custom mix all our inks by hand and hand-feed each sheet of paper one at a time through our vintage printing presses from the 1960s. We are committed to preserving the history of letterpress by educating the public on the process and craft of letterpress printing. Our retail location provides a unique experience to customers because the print shop, printing presses, machines and processes are visible to the public from the shop.

How has your business made a positive impact to your customers, neighborhood, and/or community?

Steel Petal Press has positively impacted our community by providing a one-of-a-kind shopping experience, beautiful products, education on the craft of letterpress and support of other small local businesses. Our greeting cards are handmade in house, while also exuding beauty and humor. Our retail shop has a curated, unique selection of gift items that support other independent business. Most importantly, our vintage printing presses and the craft of letterpress is on display so neighbors, tourists and visitors to the shop are exposed to the unique and historic craft of letterpress.

NOW OPEN: Letterpress Stationery and Gift Shop Chicago

Steel Petal Press: A Letterpress Stationery and Gift Shop is now open in Chicago

Stationery and Gift Shop Logan Square Chicago

We are super excited to announce that as of June 1st, 2016 the Steel Petal Press Letterpress Stationery and Gift Shop is NOW OPEN in Logan Square, Chicago!!!

Here you can shop the full collection of Steel Petal Press cards along side other stationery and gift items that we love.  Below are a few photos from around the space, or if you’re in Chicago please come visit us in person!!

LOCATION: 2321 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago 60647
Summer HOURS: Mon-Fri 11-7 | Sat 10-7 | Sun 11-5

Stationery and Gift Shop Logan Square Chicago Gift Shop Chicago Gift Shop Chicago

The space is open and you will be able to view the vintage presses and the production area from the Gift Shop area. Below is a photo of me in front of the press area a few weeks after we moved in.

Stationery and Gift Shop Logan Square Chicago

We can’t wait to see you!

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I’ve also been meaning to share a blog post about the move. So please stay tuned for more on that….



moving sale chicago

We are FINALLY moving into our Studio-Production-Retail location in Logan Square Chicago in the upcoming weeks. Our tiny 500 square foot studio is moving on up into 1700 square feet with a new Store Front and Retail Location. We’ll be open to the public and selling Steel Petal Press products, along with a variety of other stationery and gift items.

The new location is located at 2321 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago. We plan on taking a few weeks to set up shop, and then opening our doors to the public in the next month. Please stay tuned for more updates on the move and the Grand Opening of the new Shop!!

To help with the move we’re offering a CRAZY HUGE 40% off Moving SALE on all ready-made items!

WHERE: my online shop HERE.
WHEN: Tuesday, March 29 – Thursday, March 31
HOW: Use the code “MOVINGSALE” when you check out

1- Visit my Online Shop
2 – Add all ready-made items to your card
From your cart
3 – Click “Check Out”
4 – In the right column: enter the code: “MovingSale” where it says “apply discount”

Subject to Availability
(sorry this sale does not apply to any custom-made stationery or wedding orders)

Steel Petal Press is coming to Logan Square

Our move-in dates are finally set for our big move into our new location!! I can’t believe it’s ACTUALLY HAPPENING. After 3+ years in my Lacuna Studio, I’m so so SO ready to be in a larger space. We are literally busting out at the seems.  I can’t even make new product because I don’t have anywhere to put it in my current space.

Below is a photo of my space about 1 month ago.  All the electrical, HVac and plumbing was completed, and you can see the structure of my office and the bathroom in the back left corner of the room.  But obviously it was still in really raw condition. The lights aren’t in, the floors are unfinished and there’s still lots of work that needed to be completed.

Steel Petal Press Logan Square Buildout

And below is a photo of it closer to being done.  The hardwood floors are in, the shop lights are in, the office and bathroom are completed. You can also see our little “kitchen” area in the back right corner.

Steel Petal Press Logan Square

Most of the space will be for our studio expansion: production and fulfillment.  The front 1/4 of the space will be a dedicated retail area open to the public.

Our move is scheduled for the last week of April.  We plan on taking a month to set up shop, and then opening to the public in May.  Before we move we’ll be hosting a huge moving sale to help clear out some inventory before we move.  Here’s a little teaser for details on the sale

Moving Sale Steel Petal Press .

So mark your calendars for the last week of March you’ll save big on lots of letterpress goodies from Steel Petal Press!!

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Shop Steel Petal Press is Coming Soon to Logan Square

Steel Petal Press Logan Square

2321 N Milwaukee Avenue Chicago

If you follow me on social media (FB, Insta, Twitter) or receive my newsletter then you probably already know that I’ve been planning a move into a new retail location in my neighborhood for quite some time now.
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It’s been almost a year coming from inception to reality.  I first started thinking about moving sometime last winter. At the time, my building was going through changes I wasn’t happy about and I started thinking it would be a good time to get out.  It’s a good thing I started looking when I did (last March) because it’s taken almost a full year to find the new space and execute the relocation (and I’m not even moved yet!)

I knew I would eventually need more space, so I was looking for something much larger (a space I could grow into without having to move again), closer to home (goodbye 30 min commute) and I wanted a storefront so I could be more connected with Chicago and the community.  After a month of searching I finally found the location pictured above (2321 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago) and decided to move forward with the lease: it’s a half mile walk from my house, 3x the space, lots of foot traffic and room to grow.

In April 2015, I started the process of signing the lease.  It took a month for the lease to be finalized (going back and forth with lawyers and revisions). Once I signed the lease, I met with an architect to work on the buildout and design of the interior. Then drawings were submitted to the city for building permits. City permits took 2 months longer than expected and building (which was supposed to start in September) didn’t start until mid December of 2015.

I was originally quoted 6 months for the whole process from start to finish, but once the dust has settled, it’s looking like it will be closer to a year.

It’s quite a bit more expensive than my current space, so I decided to add a retail shop in front, while keeping production and fulfillment in back. I’ll be moving my entire business to Logan Square (my Chicago neighborhood).  I plan on selling my own letterpress cards and gift items, along side the work of other independent (and/or) local designers.

At this point (a year later)  I am completely out of room in my current space and can’t wait to move into a larger studio. We will have more room for storage, more room for inventory, more table space for my team to work on post production and outgoing orders, I will have an office where I can close the doors and concentrate on other aspects of creating new product and running a business.

I’m so excited for this new adventure; What the new space will mean for my growing business AND what the new retail portion will bring to the table. It’s uncharted territory, which makes me nervous and excited all at the same time.

Be sure to follow me on social media for all the updates! (FB, Insta, Twitter)
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I’ll be posting more details as they come up – and look out for a MASSIVE MOVING SALE — coming very SOON!