Archive for May, 2012

Trading Squares… Leaving Lincoln for Logan!

2650 N. Milwaukee = Shop 1021 = Spilled Ink Press’s new home

Well, if you’re following us on Facebook or see our excitement that occasionally bubbles through the twitter feed, you kind of have an inkling what’s happening at Spilled Ink Press headquarters these days.

But if not, we’ve got some ‘splainin’ to do…
The short answer is, we’re moving to Logan Square!
The long answer involves twitter chatter about the Bears last fall catching the attention of a pretty awesome Toy-store owner and subsequent Packer’s fan in Logan Square.  We started following each other because of our mutual involvement with the 2011 Crave Book.  You know, we got that female-owned-business thing going for us, we’re just cool like that.

Well, turns out Ann, before-mentioned owner of *Play, was cooking up a plan to open a rad home and gift store just up the street from *Play at 2650 N Milwaukee in the hottest neighborhood in Chicago, Logan Square, and asked us if we’d like to sell our cards there.
We get so caught up with the wedding side of what we do, we jumped at this opportunity and were flattered actually.
The conversation grew from there and as of one week from yesterday (June 2nd!), we’ll be operating our little stationery gig out of Shop 1021 itself- the whole shebang: wedding invitations, greeting cards, thank you cards, shower invitations, baby announcements, etc.
Tony will still be slaving away at the invitation sweatshop, but because I’ll be camped out at Shop 1021 quite a bit, we decided to move the sweatshop to Logan Square as well.  So in the next few weeks, we will bid a very fond farewell to Lincoln Square and trade the Davis Theater on Lincoln for the newly reopened Logan Theater (who is going to be our neighbor- literally right next door to the shop!) on Milwaukee.

We are absolutely thrilled to be working with Ann under the Shop 1021 umbrella, she’s done an amazing job with the entire concept and vibe of the store.  Even the facebook banner is cool:

Seriously, we’re pinching ourselves.

So that’s the story folks.
After June 2nd, if you are a blushing bride and would like to set up a consultation to meet with me to discuss invitations… we’ll be sharing a cup of coffee or tea over the official Spilled Ink Press consultation desk at 2650 N. Milwaukee (it’s a pretty cool vintage desk, if I do say so).  If you’d like to just pop into the store and see what we’ve got to offer and peruse before setting up an appointment, hallelujah, you can do that now!
When that call comes to us (which does probably about once a week) asking what our “hours” are… guess what?  We’ll officially have an answer for you!!
When you see our cards on Facebook and they make you smile and you want to know where to buy them…  guess what?  We have an answer for that too!
And after Tony’s made your invitations with care, they’ll be waiting for your anxious arrival at Shop 1021.

Thank you to everyone who’s been supporting us over the last 6 years as we move through the growing pains and joys of a growing small company (particularly The Perfect Cup- seriously, if you’re in Lincoln Square, that’s the coffee shop you want to be at).  Being in a retail setting will have it’s own adjustments that we’ll learn and grow from too, no doubt about it, but everything about this feels right.

NOW… back to work.  This is beginning to sound like an acceptance speech…