WE HAVE BUILT OUR CARD SELECTION GRADUALLY OVER THE YEARS...
...starting with a few locally handmade ranges, then expanding into small publishers, trying to find cards with unusual or quirky images which are an alternative to the mainstream usually available on our high streets.
Liz is the owner of Calladoodles and is chief of our card section. She comments:
"I love searching other shops, the Internet and trade fairs to discover something new and special that has a story behind its development. It is also very important that I meet the people behind the products and, as a result, I have met some great characters, often modestly creative people and one or two rather less so! I also have a few very good reps who bring me new products, whose judgement I trust and from whom I have learnt a great deal about the industry."
WE WERE THRILLED TO RECEIVE A RETAS AWARD IN 2015...
"It was a great surprise to win an industry award as a relative newcomer. The (incredibly heavy!) trophy was handed over at an Oscars-style event at the Dorchester, where we were treated to a lavish meal and cabaret-style entertainment."
'BEST NON-SPECIALIST INDEPENDENT RETAILER OF GREETING CARDS WINNER -south '
- The RETAS Greeting Card Retail Awards 2015 -
Progressive Greetings is the global market leader in bringing you the news from the greeting card industry.
It has had its finger on the pulse of the greeting card market for over 20 years. It is also proud to be the official journal of the UK Greeting Card Association.
Progressive Greetings Live is the largest collection of greeting card publishers in the world.
The UK is widely recognised as the global leader in greeting card design and publishing, and PG Live is the only specialist greeting card trade exhibition in the world. It attracts greeting card buyers from over 40 countries around the globe, along with major UK retailers and leading independents - all making their buying selections for the next 12 months.
"PG Live has an intimacy you just don't get with other shows. Springboard always excites me, unearthing the new design talent and taking a punt on the next big thing. Above all, it's the fact that everyone at the show shares the same passion for the same thing."
We are proud of our card selection and take care to cover areas that most bigger chain stores miss out, such as birthday cards for those who are 'just like a mum' or 'just like a dad' to us, 1st-5th wedding anniversary cards, gay wedding cards, 100th birthday cards and a stunning range of lovingly-created and sensitively-worded sympathy cards.
And, if we don't have what you are looking for, we always make an effort to go the extra mile and source the card you are after.
Currently in store, we have some striking Showtime light-up cards, some colourful and cheeky cards from Sooshichacha, stylish and bold Lagom cards and some beautiful cards from our favourite local artists! Find out more about them on our LOCAL ARTISTS page.
IF YOU HAVE GIVEN UP ON HIGH STREET SHOPS FOR YOUR UNUSUAL CARD REQUIREMENT - COME TO US!
Liz's card news...
6th June 2017
"We had a great day at PGLive in Islington discovering exciting new talent, meeting designers and publishers, catching up with lots of old friends and finding lovely new ones too. Footsore and weary we might have been but, full of ideas & inspiration, we left the Business Design Centre with renewed enthusiasm for bringing the best of the card industry's products to our lovely customers!"