new in the shop!

I've been having lots of fun this summer finding new goods for the shop and getting ready for fourth quarter. Below are just a few of our new goods.

leo season newbies
leo season goodies

It's Leo season! That means it's your time to shine. To celebrate the season we have Astrology Card sets. These sets are beautifully designed and include 9 trading cards, 1 sticker and a charm. They make a great little gift! We also have some new Gelly Roll Gold Pens. Each pen has a main color mixed with gold. Very sparkly, very Leo. Astrology Flat Note Sets are designed and printed right here. These are letterpress printed with metallic ink and include deep v-envelopes, each set has six flat notes and envelopes.

Hellcats goods
Hellcats USA goodies

We also brought in some amazing, new goodies from Hellcats USA. I've been a huge fan of their's for quite some time. Their design aesthetic is classic and their sentiments cheeky, which I adore. How perfect are these stickers and pens? So damn, good. Their mood cards are so fun. I've always loved mood rings, eight balls, pretty much any fortune telling thing. They're credit card size and fit in your wallet, plus you can use the back to spin and see who will pick up the tab at dinner or drink. Brilliant!

Hellcats Goth Kid
Hellcats USA goodies

Here's a few more Hellcats USA goodies, perfect for any 90's goth kid, like me. Stickers, pens and mood cards... Yes! Please!

super cute stickers
new sticker sheets

We also got in THE CUTEST stickers! Itsy Bitsy sticker sheets are super cute and so tiny. We got a few styles to choose from: junk food, desserts, cats and puppies. Stickiville sticker sheets are adorable too! I'm partial to the snail mail set, of course. We also got lucky day stickers and some cute holiday stickers you'll see in a couple months. Stay tuned!

new a. favorite design get well cards
a. favorite design get well soon cards

We've had a lot of requests for get well cards. We listened! New in the store, four get well soon cards. Inspired by everyday items and letterpress printed right here in our Albany Park shop.

If you haven't been in the shop lately, stop in! We've got lots more new goodies not mentioned here.

thanks for shopping SSD!

a. favorite design on stationery store daya. favorite design before opening on Stationery Store Day

You guys. We had an amazing Stationery Store Day! Thanks to everyone who came out, shared our posts and supported us. You all are what makes our little slice of Kedzie Ave magical. It was so wonderful to see you all and chat stationery. My most favorite part of the day was watching friends come in and shop together. I loved hearing them discover the perfect card or gift or pen in our shop and share their enthusiasm with their friend. So great. Thank you.

Stationery Store Day postcardStationery Store Day postcard

The moment we opened our doors at 11am, people poured in. We had special SSD themed goods for purchases at $20, $30 and $50. We were out of stickers ($30) within an hour, totes ($50) within 2 hours and postcards ($20) shortly after.

letterpress type form for Stationery Store Dayletterpress type form for Stationery Store Day

We busted out our tabletop press for everyone to try their hand at printing. Which was fun, but also a little challenging. Turns our I'm used to printing on a larger press, think 10"x15" vs. 5"x7", which created some issues. What started as a cute and clever 5"x7" mini print ended up being one line of type. Whoops.

not so great print from tabletop pressnot so great letterpress print from tabletop press

I forgot that tabletop presses don't quite have the printing capabilities as full size presses. Thankfully, our friend and letterpress royalty, Jen from Starshaped Press was shopping with us and asked if I needed an assist. Poor Jen, I imagine she wished she could just shop in peace! She had us all printing in no time. I may still be fussing with the form and printing pressure had she not saved me.

Stationery print from tabletop pressedited letterpress print for tabletop press

Another fun and delicious perk of SSD was mom's homemade envelope cookies. They matched our neon blue envelope sign perfectly. Super cute!

mom's cute envelope cookiesmom's cute envelope cookies

It was truly a great day! I'm so thankful Kristina Burkey of Calliope Paperie for creating Stationery Store Day. We're already thinking of ideas for next year. Be sure to save the date - Saturday, August 5 2023. If you missed it and want to see what a great celebration it was, search #stationerystoreday and check it out. 


Stationery Store Day

Stationery Store Day postcard

Join us Saturday, August 6, for the very first Stationery Store Day!  We’ll be spending the day celebrating all things stationery in our little shop. We’ll have a press set up for you to print with us. Plus, a free gift with every purchase, free tote with $50 purchase (while supplies last), goodie bags for the first five paying customers and raffles throughout the day. It’s gonna be fun. Stop by between 11am -5pm Saturday, August 6 - 4432 N Kedzie Ave.


goodie bag

 goodie bag for first five sales

Be sure to visit the fellow stationer Bari Zaki studio at 3858 N Lincoln Ave, who is also participating. Bari has created a beautiful gift for online and in store orders of $25 or more. Long live stationery!


free tote with $50 purchase

Free tote with $50 purchase!

building sidewalk sale!

sidewalk sale banner

The Businesses of 4432 N Kedzie Ave are hosting a Sidewalk Sale!
You can shop Friday and Saturday, July 15 + 16.
There will be deals on the sidewalk, as well as in the back garage space.
That's right... Six different, amazing, small businesses to shop all under one roof!

2021 sale items
2021 sidewalk + garage sale - a. favorite design

Friday + Saturday, July 15 + 16 11-4
Sidewalk at 4432 N Kedzie and Back Garage in the alley

a. favorite design will be offering discounts on cool, vintage props and displays from trade shows, plus, greeting cards, gift wrap, holiday items, vintage office supplies and desk accessories.

Anchor Baby Vintage will have racks of their beautifully curated clothes and accessories at reduced prices along with housewares. All Anchor Baby items will be $10 or less!

The Manual Shop will be open and also hosting a special exhibition in their retail space with guest Green Spaces Plant Shop! The Manual Shop is the home to two Chicago design studios and features original and thoughtfully designed cookware, barware and housewares.

Northside Kung Fu will be hosting an Open House in their second floor studio both Friday and Saturday from 11-4. They'll offer tours of their space and introductory lessons as well as refreshments and snacks for visitors.

Rare Vintage and Design will be showcasing their stunning refinished, vintage furniture. Rare Vintage and Design focuses on midcentury modern + clean design heirloom pieces.

We're excited to have such a creative, entrepreneur community in our building.
Stop by and see for yourself!