Write This Down: Creative Stationers In The Middle Of America

If monotone, garden-variety stationery just isn’t cutting it for you these days, you’re in luck. These four stationery purveyors hail from the heartland and have put pen to paper to design gorgeous, personalized greetings.

Whether it’s for a party, wedding or a just-because occasion, it’s never a bad time to say it like you mean it with perfectly designed paper goods.

Cheree Berry Stationer St. Louis Alive Magazine

Cheree Berry Paper: St. Louis, MO
Founded in 2007 as a custom-stationery company, Cheree Berry Paper has now grown its offerings to encompass full graphic-design services, creative brand collaborations, pre-made stationery sets and more. The brand’s stationery sets are full of personality, bold color pops and gold foil, like the Thanks Floral set, which features a New Orleans-inspired floral print and feminine touches to boot. Wedding bells ringing in your future? Cheree Berry Paper has you covered from day one, offering a full line of ultra-luxurious save-the-dates, invitations and thank-you notes to keep your special celebration announcements on point.

Wink Paper Co Alive Magazine Nashville

Wink Wink Paper Co.: Nashville, TN
If quirky and quippy sentiments are your jam, Nashville’s own Wink Wink Paper Co. is calling your name. Located in the city’s Germantown neighborhood, Wink Wink’s paper goods are printed and packaged locally to lend an authentic feel to each purchase. The brand’s greeting cards span the spectrum—from holiday and thank-yous to friendship and sympathy—and they don’t go lightly on peppering in humor and puns. A few favorites? The illustrated Dad Bod card and kitschy ‘I’d Tap That’ card.

Swiss Cottage Designs Detroit Designer Alive Magazine

Swiss Cottage Designs: Detroit, MI
Courtney Jentzen of Swiss Cottage Designs opened up her Detroit-based custom-illustration, branding and stationery-design shop in 2009 and hasn’t stopped churning out colorful, cheeky designs since. Check out Swiss Cottage’s custom wedding suites, which are offered to a limited number of clients each year and feature dreamy designs, like this Brooklyn-inspired collection. Better yet: Swiss Cottage has even partnered with the likes of Warby Parker and Paperless Post in the past to provide unique, personalized design and illustration services.

Greer Chicago Designer Alive Magazine

Greer: Chicago, IL
Full of brilliant color and vibrant personality, paper shop Greer was founded by Chandra Greer, who aims to serve her customers with a collection of lovingly curated greeting cards, note cards and journals in the heart of the Windy City. One step into Greer’s Lincoln Park brick and mortar instantly transports shoppers into a different, carefree world, with walls and tables fully adorned with warm and happy stationery. Shop Greer’s collection of thoughtful thank-you cards, which includes this gold-foiled note with all the best shades of summertime.

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