Ch-Ch-Changes

fall-change

The Fall has always been a season of change for me ~ and this year it’s filled with big changes ~ for me personally and for Salutations.

In September, my oldest child left the nest and began to write a new chapter in his life, beginning school at the University of Denver. It is also time now for another of my “babies” to leave the nest. And I want you, as a valued customer and friend, to hear it from me first. So here goes . . . .

I have made the decision to close the Salutations boutiques as of December 31, 2013.

During the month of December, both stores will be open Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 6 pm and Saturdays from 10 am to 5 pm. {In the Charlotte store, we will be closed on Mondays through December 16th and then resume normal hours on Monday through the end of the month.}

Moving On Sale in Charlotte

We are now holding a Moving On Sale in the Charlotte location, where all inventory items are 40-75% off. As you can imagine, this represents an incredible opportunity to pick up lots of great gifts during this holiday shopping season at significant savings ~ but you’ll need to hurry in for best selection.

Why call it a Moving On Sale? Because I truly view the closure of Salutations as the ending of one beautiful chapter and the beginning of another. There is no reason to view this, as we are often so quick to do when a business closes, as some sort of failure or something to be mourned or pitied.

We’re also offering fantastic deals on lots of great furniture items, including some beautiful antiques, in both locations. {I will be posting images and pricing on Salutations’ Facebook page shortly.}

We are taking custom orders through December 10th. Come on by ~ we’d love to see you!

Gratitude

I have absolutely loved owning the Salutations boutiques over the past 12 years. I am incredibly grateful for the many customers who have become friends, for the employees who have become family, and for all of the amazing experiences and life lessons that small business ownership brings.

Seasons change. It is simply time to move on to the next exciting chapter.

Thank you for all of your loyalty, support and friendship over the years. I treasure the memories and wish you the best of everything in all of the new chapters you choose to write.

Wishing you an abundant, joy-filled holiday season with your family and friends.

Warmly,

p.s.  In case you’re wondering, I’ve already begun writing my next chapter. In 2012, I launched a company called Boutique Profits, where I work with small business owners to create the marketing, systems and mindsets so critical to success in business. Boutique Profits has been very rewarding in so many ways and I look forward to focusing more of my energy on expanding that business.

Inspired Stationery ~ Stationery Stocking Stuffers

Haute Papier | Available at Salutations

Welcome back to another Inspired Stationery post! This week we are focusing on stationery stocking stuffers by three of the hottest brands in stationery right now, Sugar Paper Los Angeles, Rifle Paper Co. and Haute Papier. First up: stationery and thank you sets by Sugar Paper Los Angeles…

Sugar Paper Los Angeles | Available at Salutations

Sugar Paper Los Angeles | Available at Salutations

Sugar Paper Los Angeles | Available at Salutations

Arguably the hottest brand in stationery right now, Sugar Paper Los Angeles is best known for their contemporary letterpress and foil designs. For holiday gifting, we are crazy about notesets and thank you notes in foil by Sugar Paper Los Angeles. They are just so irresistibly festive {and shiny!!!}.

Another hot brand in stationery that we love to gift: Rifle Paper Co. We are especially crazy about Rifle Paper Co.’s assorted card sets…

Rifle Paper Co. | Available at Salutations

Rifle Paper Co. | Available at Salutations

Rifle Paper Co. | Available at Salutations

We love Rifle Paper Co. for so many reasons. We especially love the illustrations, which make them perfect for gifting. Does someone on your holiday list love dogs? Is there a Francophile on it? A gardner? If so, Rifle Paper Co. has just the stationery set for them. We love that!

Finally, a brand that we have loved for years who continues to up the ante, Haute Papier, makes great stationery gifts…

Haute Papier | Available at Salutations

Haute Papier | Available at Salutations

Haute Papier | Available at Salutations

Not only does Haute Papier make some our favorite personalized letterpress stationery, but they have other great gifts, as well. Their personalized note pads are absolutely perfect for stocking stuffers. And their stationery? Well, just look at it. The quality and designs really do sell themselves.

So, for the stationery enthusiast in your life, look no further than Salutations for great gifts and stocking stuffers. We can’t wait to show you all the options!

Wedding Wednesday: Blissful Inspiration ~ Bridal Fashion Week

Jenny Packham Dress | Photo by Daniel Dorsa

Welcome back to another Blissful Inspiration post! If you follow our blog, then you know we love fashion, especially bridal fashion, which makes Bridal Fashion Week so inspiring for us {remember this post!?}!

The latest shows were stunning, and we were particularly smitten by the Jenny Packham one {recently featured here on Style Me Pretty}. All of the soft neutral colors {we like to call them shades of French vanilla} had us wanting more. And we couldn’t help but pair our favorite gowns from the show with a few favorite designs by Bella Figura

Jenny Packham gown | photo by Daniel Dorsa

We went crazy for this sparkly number {above} on the Jenny Packham runway. We especially loved the sash. We thought it would be lovely paired with the Vintage Garland design by Bella Figura {below}. They both are stunning and colorful, yet still neutral and soft, which we love!

Bella Figura Invitation | Available at Salutations

Those letterpress ink colors are just perfect, no? And look how beautiful the design is with a coordinating envelope liner in similar tones:

Bella Figura Invitation | Available at Salutations

We love how both the gown and invitation are dramatic, yet soft.

Jenny Packham Gown | Photo by Daniel Dorsa

Next up on our list of Jenny Packham gowns that took our breath away is this gorgeous gown {above}, also with a pretty sash. We think the shine of this dress {through its sparkling beadwork and flowing fabric} would pair beautifully with the copper shine Bella Figura Illuminer invitation…

Bella Figura Invitation | Available at Salutations

We love how the invitation is neutral overall with splashes of shine. It’s just as aw-inspiring as the gown. Not convinced? Take a closer look:

Bella Figura Invitation | Available at Salutations

Both gown and invitation benefit from a bit of shine and a whole lot of drama. We love both!

Jenny Packham Gown  | Photo by Daniel Dorsa

Finally, the Jenny Packham gown above blew our minds. It’s romantic and ornate, yet soft. We would pair it with a Bella Figura invitation that is equally romantic and ornate…

Bella Figura Invitation | Available at Salutations

Bella Figura‘s Fleur design is equal parts romantic and sophisticated, and we think the combination of French Vanilla letterpress ink and Rose Gold Shine foil act in the same dramatic way that the fabric and beadwork of the dress do.

Bella Figura Invitation | Available at Salutations

The moral of the story: inspiration is everywhere. While we love looking to the runway {specifically the Jenny Packham runway} for wedding invitation inspiration, inspiration can truly be found anywhere.

So next time you see something beautiful, that stops you in your tracks, take note of it, and bring that note to your wedding invitation appointment {you can make one right here}. We can’t wait to see you {and your inspiration} then!

all runway photos in this post by Daniel Dorsa via Style Me Pretty

Inspired Business ~ Notes with Style

Graphic Image Notebook | Available at Salutations

Welcome back to another Inspired Business post! Today we are talking taking notes {with style}, which is easy with Graphic Image leather refillable notebooks, journals and jotters, all available at Salutations.

Graphic Image Journal | Available at SalutationsThere are so many styles and colors to choose from! Oh, the colors! The bright leathers, available in a plethora of styles, can add personality to your workplace and keep you inspired, whether you’re taking notes in your next board meeting or sketching ideas for your next big venture!

Graphic Image Jotters | Available at Salutations

Graphic Image jotters, which include 24 notecards, are perfect for to-do lists and small notes. And like the journals, and refillable notebooks, these jotters can be customized with your name, initials, etc, which we love!

Graphic Image Notebook | Available at Salutations

 

Brights not your cup of tea? Worry not! Metallics are just as nice {we are partial to the white gold leather by Graphic Image}! There is something so chic about a notebook with a custom leather cover, no?

Graphic Image Jotters | Available at Salutations

 

We also love that the notebooks and jotters are refillable, making them a long-term addition to your desktop. So, if you’re in the market for some stylish note-taking tools, look no further than Salutations! We can’t wait to show you the options!

Wedding Wednesday ~ Designer We Love: William Arthur {the New album}

New William Arthur Invitations | Available at Salutations

Our love for William Arthur is well-documented, so to say we were excited to receive their newest album was an understatement. The new album focuses on contemporary designs in the most luxurious of printing methods, including engraving, letterpress, foil stamping and embossing. And we are smitten. Take a look at some of the designs to see why…

New William Arthur Invitations | Available at Salutations

New Invitations by William Arthur | Available at Salutations

New Invitations by William Arthur | Available at Salutations

Beautiful, right? And this is just the tip of the iceberg! Make an appointment with either our Charlotte or Triangle team to see more great new designs by William Arthur. We can’t wait to meet you and show you the new album!

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