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Holiday Gift Guide For Guys!

Holiday shopping can be stressful enough with all the crowds and money you’re spending but it can be even more stressful when you don’t know what to get someone (DUDES, WE’RE LOOKIN’ AT YOU!) Men can hold a lot of important roles in our lives such as: Dads, Sons, Grandpas, Brothers, Boyfriends, Husbands, and many more…and they can all be a pain in the ass to shop for. But, no worries, Steel Petal Press has put together a little Holiday Gift Guide For Guys that’ll help you find the perfect present without breaking the bank (you can thank us later!):

Gift Guide For Men

Mug:
Mugs make the perfect gift for anyone really and that includes dudes! The “Fresh Out Of Fucks” ($16) mug is a new release from Steel Petal Press and has been flying off the shelf. It’s perfect if your man enjoys coffee, tea, and/or curse words! (There’s also a matching magnet ($6))

Socks:
Let’s get straight to the point: socks rule! We have a large (and hilarious) selection of men’s socks from our favorite vendor Blue Q ($11.50). These make great stocking stuffers and a fun addition to any guys’ cozy and casual wardrobe!

Outdoorsy Books:
Is there a man in your life that thrives in the outdoors? Well, when it’s wintertime in the city it can be really hard to find some nature to enjoy…but look no further! We have stocked some awesome outdoors books like “See America” ($19.95) and “50 Places To Camp Before You Die” ($24.95) that’ll fill the nature-sized hole in their heart until Springtime is upon us!

Gentleman’s Hardware:
This is an awesome line of products we carry from a brand named Wild & Wolf Inc. that creates things with a wide variety of men in mind! We have a Flight Ready Kit ($20) which has travel sized bath needs or the Shoe Shine Kit ($22) which helps keep a guy on the go lookin’ (and smelling) fresh and spiffy! Gentleman’s Hardware also makes some handy tools for those handy men in your life. The Keychain Tool Kit ($20) and Hammer Multi-Tool ($25) are great gadgets that are also functional!

Stationery Sets:
Steel Petal Press is ALL about snail mail and maybe there’s a man in your life that is too, in which case, hell yeah! We have a large variety of stationery sets he’ll love including one of our most popular styles, “Thanks, Dude” ($16) that is made by hand right here in our studio!

Drinking Accessories:
Know a boy who likes to booze? Who doesn’t, right!? We’ve got lots of fun drinking things that make perfect gifts – and better yet – are under $10! The Luchador Bottle Opener ($8) is always a popular purchase every holiday because it’s funny as heck! We’ve also got a variety of drink coasters including the Gear Coasters ($6) that we make ourselves!

We hope our Holiday Gift Guide For Guys helps take some pressure off the season’s shopping and brings some laughter to the holidays.

Be sure to stop by our brick & mortar store (and shop our Steel Petal Press products online) to browse these awesome products AND MORE!

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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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
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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:
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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 🙂

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)

Summer Wedding Gift Guide!

Ahhh, it’s Summer time which means there isn’t only humidity in the air… LOVE IS TOO!

What we’re trying to say is: IT’S WEDDING SEASON. Couples everywhere are celebrating the warm and sunny weather by celebrating their love for one another with friends and family.

As a time honored tradition, it’s important to give a gift as a token of affection and support for this new journey in which the bride and groom are about to begin (also, what’s a big life moment with out gifts, right?!). Well, here at Steel Petal Press we love weddings and have put together some of our top picks from our store that will make any couple’s special day just a little bit more special.

CHECK OUT OUR SUMMER WEDDING GIFT GUIDE:

Item Guide:
1. Pinch Provisions Minimergency Kit For Brides, available at Steel Petal Press brick & mortar location
2. Chronicle Books Bride Ideas Stick Notes Set, available at Steel Petal Press brick & mortar location
3. Pinch Provisions Minimergency Kit For Bridesmaids, available at Steel Petal Press brick & mortar location
4. Slant Collections Wifey/Hubby Stemless Champagne Glass Set, available at Steel Petal Press brick & mortar location
5. Chronicle Books The Newlywed Cookbook, available at Steel Petal Press brick & mortar location
6. Adulting For The Win One Penis For The Rest Of Your Days Award Ribbon, available at Steel Petal Press brick & mortar location

Card Guide:
1. So Much Yes Illustrated, available online and at Steel Petal Press brick & mortar location
2. Open Bar, available online and at Steel Petal Press brick & mortar location
3. Holy Shit You’re Married!, available online and at Steel Petal Press brick & mortar location
4. Crazy Ride, available online and at Steel Petal Press brick & mortar location

June Rewind – WHAT A MONTH!

It doesn’t seem possible to already be doing a June 2018 recap but here we are…

It’s safe to say that this past month has been one of the most busy/insane/strange/awesome months we’ve had in a long while here at Steel Petal Press. So, buckle up and get ready to take a crazy ride through this June Rewind:

Drunk Driving Disaster
Our month started off with quite a bang…
During an early weekend morning, a drunk driver crossed traffic lanes and ran into a bunch of bike racks which then proceeded to smash through our large front window:
Needless to say, there was glass and merchandise EVERYWHERE.

Steel Petal Press Steel Petal Press But, despite the obvious frustration and stress, no one was hurt AND the thank you to the amazing Steel Petal Press team (plus additional loved ones) who kicked ass during cleanup. A huge shout out to the other businesses in our neighborhood who were beyond generous!

Boarded Up Window = Break In
Unfortunately, we had to remain windowless for close to a month and we were graced with a big slab of plywood (can you sense the sarcasm?). One early morning, we received a call from our security company alerting us that our alarms were going off. Our video surveillance soon uncovered that two suspects had torn down the plywood “window” and spent about 10 minutes browsing through the store before triggering our alarm system and fleeing. Luckily, and also confusingly enough, they only made off with a mug, a couple tea towels, and some wine charms…? It was an interesting shopping list but considering it could have been much worse, we weren’t going to complain one bit!

Letterpress Out Of Lemons
You might be asking how we weren’t totally losing out minds…well, that’s fair. And the answer is that we almost were! Thankfully, we were able to take these series of negative experiences and make a really positive addition to the Steel Petal Press team: Enter our new Heidelberg Press! Steel Petal Press Initially, the Heidelberg was too big to fit through the door but we got creative and decided to bring it in through the window! Now Shayna just has to learn use this thing…

Hi’s And Bye’s To The Team
Steel Petal Press has also made some huge changes to our team this month. For starters, we sadly parted ways with our Studio Manager, Kat who has been with us for 3 years! She was a vital part of our team and we will greatly miss her! Our team also expanded as we said “hello” to our second full-time employee: Rachel!
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Since moving from Michigan to Chicago, she has seamlessly fit into our team. Her main roles include a lot of behind-the-scenes work such as managing wholesale accounts and shipping orders. Be sure to stop in and make her feel welcomed to our city 🙂

Lastly, we officially made our retail shop assistant, Glory, a permanent part of Steel Petal Press!
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You probably recognize her bright and shining face if you’ve ever dropped by our brick and mortar location! We are really happy to have her be one of the faces of Steel Petal Press.

Whoa, Wholesale Goals
One of our many goals this year was to really focus on building and expanding our wholesale business. We’ve added about 10-15 new stockists in this past month alone (be sure to check out our stockist list here) as well as take on some new sales reps all over the USA! WOOHOO!

Stay tuned for the Holiday 2018 release!

Father’s Day Gift Guide from Steel Petal Press

Father's Day Gift Guide

Father’s Day is coming up and we wanted to make sure you’re ready with a unique letterpress father’s day card and a hilarious gift or two to keep him laughing so we created this Father’s Day Gift Guide to help you on your quest for the perfect gift!

At Steel Petal Press we got you covered with BOTH funny cards, and one of a kind gifts for you dad or baby daddy on Father’s Day.  Below is a quick gift guide of the best items we recommend for your dad.

You can find all of these awesome gifts below at our Brick and Mortar Retail shop in Logan Square Chicago!

Blue Q men’s socks are always a big hit!  We have a great selection of socks for baseball lovers, for mr fix it, for sports lovers or handymen.

Father's Day Socks

We also have mugs for dad, dog dads, cat dads or anyone who loves hot liquids, coffee or tea
Finally, Gentleman’s Hardware is always a big hit.  They offer an array of tools for men, outdoor tools and useful well designed items for the Gentleman in your life.

Father's Day Gift Guide Father's Day Gift Guide

Visit us as anytime!!

Steel Petal Press  2321 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago 60647
You can find all the Father’s Day cards for sale on our website!

Mother’s Day is Sunday May 13th!

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Listen, we’re not trying to nag you but Mother’s Day is a little over a week away:  SUNDAY May 13th which means you’re running out of time to pick the perfect card to celebrate your mom!

Steel Petal Press has got a variety of Mother’s Day cards which range from funny to sentimental so you can pick just the right one to show your mom you care!

Visit us as Steel Petal Press
2321 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago 60647

cards for mom and dad

But, let’s be honest, after all the shit you probably put her through it might be nice to get her a little something else. No worries, we’ve got plenty of perfect little something else’s that Mom’s are bound to love!

Maybe a mug to put all her coffee in (which she needs now thanks to you)? Or even a magnet to hang up your old artwork she still keeps on the fridge?

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Regardless, she’s bound to love whatever you pick out for her…so just make sure to pick her out something before Sunday!  After all, she did go through hours of labor to birth you, so why wait ‘til the last minute!

mother's day cards

St Patty’s Day Glassware SALE!!!

Glassware Sale

We are gearing up for St Patrick’s Day this Saturday! To help you celebrate we’re offering 20% off glassware at our brick and mortar location. Come by and grab a glass, have a drink and let’s get classy for the weekend!

All Glassware is 20% off Monday 3/12 – Saturday 3/17

Steel Petal Press
2321 N Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647

M-F 11-7 | Sat 10-6 | Sun 11-4

Stay safe this weekend, and please drink responsibly!

Glassware Sale
Glassware Sale