Happy Valentine’s Day, Rosettes! We love to give love during this time of the year, and quite frankly, all year long. We totally get the Valentine’s Day isn’t for everybody, but sharing a warm smile is! It’s also National Send a Card to a Friend Day this month, which is another reason to share and gift-give. As a black-owned brand ourselves, we enjoy supporting our community through product-purchasing. Amongst other things, this holiday allows us to do just that! If you’re thinking about giving a greeting card or gift this month to a loved one, consider purchasing it from one of many black-owned gift shops around the nation. Check out our list below!
Culture Greetings is an Atlanta-based tech startup that combines innovative technology and direct print needs to create culturally relevant, personalized greetings cards. Using a web-to-print API system, users can easily send tailored messages by selecting a style, adding a note, and directly shipping it to recipients all through Culture Greeting’s simple web application. If you’re really feeling thoughtful, you can select and add a gift card to your shipment for an added touch.Whether you’d like to send a birthday card or a simple note to say “hello”, Culture Greetings offers a variable card selection for all seasons and celebrations for the culture.
Master Artist and Owner Mia of Paper Anansi was inspired by West African fables of Anansi to globally reconnect by sharing her stories of culture, life, and all that they both entail. Mia creates hand-crafted, culturally representative greetings cards to share black stories of love, laughter, defeat, and triumph.In comparison to online messaging, she saw the distinctiveness of handmade cards in and her passion was ignited. In addition to beautiful, handmade cards, Mia creates bridal gifts, paper flowers, luxury décor and other one-off, beautiful gifts. Anansi, named after the inspirational fables, is located in Atlanta, GA, where she also hosts workshops to display her skills.
Black Elegance was founded in Dayton, Ohio in 2012 and focuses on providing positive, African American and cultural images for today’s society through creating elegant greeting cards. Its focus is to emotionally connect communities through high-quality products and customer satisfaction.
African American Expressions
African American Expressions is the largest black-owned greeting card company in the United States! They offer a huge selection of greeting cards related to all things black, as well as other types of stationary to fit your needs for any occasion. Gregory Perkins, owner of African American Expressions said his inspiration for the gift shop came from his deep commitment to God and his family, and the shop is committed to improving the quality of life for African Americans in his immediate community and around the world.
Created and owned by Lonita Whitted and her husband David, Artful Greetings came to fruition to address a void in the marketplace: greeting cards for African Americans, by African Americans. Artful Greetings is one of the longest standing, black-owned greeting card company. Founded in 1990, Whitted was inspired to create a black-focused greeting card company after receiving an elegant card from her daughter. You can find high quality, culturally representative greeting cards for any occasion, created by artists from all around the world. The company is located in Durham, North Carolina, and prides itself on quality pricing, excellent products, and excellent customer service.
Regardless of where you choose to purchase your greeting cards from, we love to see our community supporting one another during another time to celebrate love. Gift the gift of love and greeting cards and put a smile on someone’s face!
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