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Brick & Mortar Vendors | Soap Distillery

Soap Distillery

Welcome to a new column here at the Steel Petal Press blog.  Here we will highlight some of our favorite vendors at our Brick and Mortar flagship location.  You can find our retail location in the up-and-coming Logan Square neighborhood which is along a vibrant bar strip and immediately adjacent to Revolution Brewery. (literally) If you live in Chicago, please come visit us in person!  Or if you ever visit the second city hopefully you can make your way to our neck of the woods and say “HI”

Our first vendor highlight is one of our favorite soap companies and fellow Chicago-based vendor: Soap Distillery.  Danielle makes fantastic boozy inspired soaps that look beautiful AND smell delicious.  We make sure to always have her soaps in stock. She’s local to Chicago and she’s always kind enough to hand-deliver our orders each time.

We are proud to have her items in stock. We make it a priority to support local vendors and independent businesses when we can.  Please come in and check out our selection in person at 2321 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago IL 60647.

You can also read more about Soap Distillery HERE.

Hiring Retail Superstar!

hiring retail job

Steel Petal Press is hiring and we’re looking for you!
Read more about our company here: http://www.steelpetalpress.com/

We are a boutique stationery company specializing in letterpress greeting cards and wedding invitations. Our retail store is located on Milwaukee Avenue, near the California Blue Line Stop, in Logan Square.

We are looking for a fantastic permanent Superstar Retail Lead to work part-time (25-30 hours/week) 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.

This is strictly a retail position with some creativity needed for visual merchandising and window displays.

The ideal candidate is a person with 3+ years retail experience, with department management experience preferred. Excellent customer service skills, keen attention to detail and one who will fit in well with our small team are all very important to us.

The Retail Superstar is responsible for:
-Management of incoming orders, including assisting the owner with product orders
-Visual merchandising, front window displays, etc
-Maintaining our inventory databases with photos, descriptions, costs, margins, etc
-Customer interaction and service
-Opening and closing procedures
-Cashiering
-Retail store maintenance
-Annual inventory counts
-Helping with misc. processing tasks as needed

Our superstar would possess the following skills & attributes:
-Has retail management/supervisory and sales experience, especially in a boutique setting
-Enjoys working in retail and working with customers
-Is very organized and detail oriented
-Eagerness to learn, very reliable and hardworking
-Has a fun, outgoing personality and positive attitude
-Enjoys crafty, artistic goods, and a love of stationery is a plus
-Ability to work well independently and as part of a team
-Fairly open availability for the set schedule we desire
-MUST be available to work weekends

To apply, please follow these steps. If steps are not followed as listed, your application will NOT be accepted or reviewed:
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.
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.
7-12-16 Steel Petal Press Studio Tour Chicago, IL ©2016 Jennifer Kathryn Photography

1 year anniversary party!

1 year anniversary party Steel Petal Press

The retail location for Steel Petal Press is turning 1 and we’re having a party to celebrate!  Thanks so much to everyone for making our first year AMAZING!

Please stop by on Thursday, June 1st 4-7pm to help us celebrate!
2321 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago 60647

– Bang Bang Pie
– Drinks and Snacks
– SPECIAL DISCOUNT: 10% off all purchases ALL DAY
– Enter a raffle to win a $25 gift certificate
BYOB

Thursday, June 1st
4-7pm
Steel Petal Press
2321 N Milwaukee Ave

RSVP through our facebook event for thesteel petal press anniversary HERE.

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: http://www.steelpetalpress.com/

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:
-Cashiering
-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: http://theeverygirl.com/7-tips-to-write-the-perfect-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….