In May, we partnered with our friends at Egg Press and moved our printing operations to their studio in Portland, Oregon. Since we now have a Hello!Lucky team up north in addition to our design studio in San Francisco, we thought it was only logical to extend our Local Love series and showcase some of the fantastic shops in Portland! We’re starting with Tender Loving Empire, which was founded in 2006 by Portland-based artists and musicians Jared and Brianne Mees. It began as a record label and print shop and a year later expanded to include a consignment retail shop focused on locally produced items. The walls of the shop are covered in illustrations, and a mural above the front door reads “You are part of this place”, which captures the spirit of the store and its dedication to community.
Its current location on Southwest 10th and Stark houses a full screen print shop and the Tender Loving Empire offices as well as the retail store front. The store sells exclusively handmade items and strives to represent Pacific Northwest artists. We’re proud to see a few of our own on the shelf alongside cards made by so many talented local artists!
The screen printing studio produces T-shirts and prints, album packaging for the TLE label’s artists as well as commissions for local businesses.
Tender Loving Empire
412 SW 10th Ave, Portland Oregon
For this installment of our Local Love series we headed to Valencia street and visited one of our favorite new stores, Little Paper Planes + Owl Cave books. Little Paper Planes opened earlier this year in May and it’s such a great addition to the bustling Mission neighborhood.
Little Paper Planes is owned and operated by Kelly Lynn Jones, who ran LPP as an online shop for years before launching this brick and mortar version of her store. Kelly is joined by Viniita Moran who brought her online bookstore Owl Cave Books into the shop. Owl Cave Books has a wonderfully curated selection of hard to find art books and magazines.
One of our favorite things about the shop is the space, which was transformed with fixtures and hand built pieces created by Kate Pruitt.
The shop also has a print gallery which features a new artist every month and a residency program which can be found in the back of the store. The residency program offers space to artists, makers and curators.
If you’re visiting the bay area or if you’re a local who hasn’t been to LPP + Owl Cave Books yet definitely make a trip there. They have such a great selection of goods and they’re so well curated and displayed, you’ll definitely leave feeling inspired and hopefully with something fun you didn’t have before.
Little Paper Planes + Owl Cave 855 Valencia Street in San Francisco,
We’re having such a fun time reading all of the entries you guys are writing in for our Pen Pal Giveaway. It’s especially fun to see the photos people are tagging on instagram as part of the contest — to enter to win on instagram simply tag your letter themed photo #LetterpressMailLove. We had to share some of these super fun photos. To enter the contest we asked you to comment on who your dream pen pal would be, living or dead. We love @tomehope‘s hand calligraphed envelope to J.D. Salinger. How beautiful is that?
And how gorgeous is this vintage Navy air mail stationery from instagrammer @redonthehead? Who ever she sends that to is one lucky pen pal!
There’s nothing like a stack of postcards and hand drawn envelopes ready to get shipped off. Makes us happy inside! This one below is from @adelbethanny.
For details on how to enter to win our big pen pal giveaway head to this blog post. Happy letter writing friends!
Remember how good it feels to write and receive letters.To make new friends at summer camp and stay pen pals through out the year? Nothing beats the feeling of finding a handwritten letter in the mailbox. To celebrate our new partnership with Egg Press and remind everyone how awesome it is to send and receive mail we decided to throw a fun little giveaway that revolves around one of our favorite things — snail mail! We’ve been sending letters back and forth all summer with Egg Press and it has been such a treat to find sweet packages alongside our bills and junk mail.
Here’s how it works! To enter to win simply comment on this blog post or Egg Press’s blog post about this contest and tell us your dream pen pal. It can be anyone, living or dead. Jack Kérouac, your Grandma, a Buddhist monk. For an additional entry, post a mail-themed photo on Instagram tagging us at @helloluckycards and @eggpress and using hashtag #LetterpressMailLove.
We’ll have three lucky winners for this giveaway, below is what they’ll receive.
Hello!Lucky and Egg Press will be your pen pal for a year. You’ll receive fun mail every other month which might include things like cards (big surprise, right?), recipes, chocolates, pens, seeds and more! There’s no obligation to write back, but we would love to get to know you better.
A years worth of cards from Egg Press and Hello!Lucky, 24 cards total!
4-5 of our founder’s favorite pens. And believe me, these ladies know pens!
You have until August 29th to enter to win, we’ll announce all the winners on our blog. Happy letter writing!
Our latest release of greeting cards has something for everyone. We’ve got gold bling, neon rainbows, victorian circus acrobats and tiny baby dictators. To celebrate this new release we’re offering 15% off all our greeting cards until July 1st. Just enter NEWCOLLECTIONS at checkout.
Just a reminder that Father’s Day is June 16th! Don’t forget to give a card to dear old Dad! To help you out we’re offering 15% off all greeting cards. Enter code DearDad at checkout. Be sure to order your cards by June 7th to assure they arrive on time. Offer expires 6/7.
Still stumped on what to get Dad? Download these free printable sock, wine and beer labels we designed for Father’s Day last year. All of our free printables can be found here.
We’re having a great time at the NSS this week. It’s impossible to get photos of everything we’ve seen and loved. But here’s our first post to share some of the goodness we’ve been staring at all week.
HAMMERPRESS - We’ve long been fans of this Kansas City press shop and we love that our booth is directly across from there’s at this years show. They’ve got some great new designs. Including some sweet die cut holiday cards.
YELLOW OWL WORKSHOP - Just around the corner from our booth is one of our hometown neighbors and friends, Yellow Owl Workshop. We were so impressed during set up to see Christine painting a masterpiece in her booth – check out these lovely walls! As you can imagine their booth is definitely a stand out and we love how the cards match her amazing walls.
EGG PRESS – Another stand out booth is the this homemade beauty from Portland based Egg Press. Check out their custom built walls. Some great new designs from another one of our favorite letterpress companies — and we’re not just saying that in light of our big news.
9th LETTER PRESS - Another close neighbor to us at the show is 9th Letterpress, based out of Winter Park, Florida. They’ve got some lovely new designs and we’re also liking their big spacious booth with simple wood shelves. We love the infusion of bright cheery colors in their designs as well.
Alright! We’re off to the show for another day. Check back for more of our favorites which we should have up here soon!
Just a reminder that Mother’s Day is May 12th! There’s still time to get mom a sweet letterpress card and some personalized stationery.
To receive 20% off your order just enter DearMom at checkout.
We’re gearing up for the National Stationery Show in May which means our printer is busy at work cranking out all of our new letterpress card designs. We’ll be launching around 50 new cards this May and we haven’t been this excited for a new release in a long time. One of the things that makes this release so special is the fact that we’re now able to incorporate gold foil in our cards. We can’t wait for that sparkly release.
This year we also expanded some of our favorite existing lines. Expect to finally see more sock monkeys! Another line we’ve been itching to grow is our vintage circus series. You can see the first card hand drawn by Eunice here.
We’re adding 5 more cards to the circus series and you’re the very first to see all 5 of the new designs. One of the things that makes these cards so special is that each one is hand drawn by our founder and creative director Eunice Moyle. We had so much fun coming up with the ideas you see illustrated on these cards. And our printer did an amazing job letterpressing these beauties.
We hope they’re as well received in the rest of the world as they are in our studio.
Do you have a favorite? Leave a comment telling us which one and one lucky commenter will win all 5 – before anyone else can get their hands on them!
Look for these cards in stores and on our site in mid-May.
Winner picked and announced here!