A husband and wife have created a stationery and gift shop with a name that plays on their backgrounds as a Southern woman and a Northerner who served as a soldier.
As part of Belle & Union Co., Meg and Josh Sutton have been using antique letterpress printing machines to make handmade cards and more since 2012.
Their wares can be found in more than 1,000 stores across the planet, but this summer they opened a flagship brick-and-mortar shop at 310 E. Basse Road, Suite 103, in the Quarry Village shopping center.
“It’s just kind of the physical manifestation of the collection. It’s just really kind of a new experience for us to meet with our customers one-on-one,” Meg Sutton said.
Belle & Union Co. sells greeting cards, art prints, tea towels, gifts and more, all designed by Sutton. Each item is created in-house using two letterpress devices, one dating from the late 1800s and the other from the early 1900s.
“Since every card is placed by hand, there’s this human element to it, so obviously things aren’t always perfect. But I think that’s kind of the beauty of it. There’s perfection in the imperfection,” Sutton said.
The couple also sells other artisan goods, all made in America.
“There is a story behind every product that is in this shop, which is something that I really love,” Sutton said.
The entrepreneur was studying graphic design at Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia when she met her husband. She launched her first collection at the National Stationery Show and walked away with 50 accounts.
For the past six years, the Suttons have run primarily a wholesale company, with their goods sold at venues such as Anthropologie and The Container Store, along with numerous mom-and-pop shops.
They debuted their Quarry Village location to create a sense of permanence.
“We just wanted to find a place where we could connect with the community, not just have the shop but also offer workshops and events, and really kind of become this gathering place,” Sutton said.
Upcoming workshops include creating pumpkin pottery, an introduction to letterpress and book brainstorming with author Renee Fisher.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
BELLE & UNION CO.
310 E. Basse Road, Suite 103. For more, call 210-280-1050, or visit belleandunion.com or facebook.com/belleandunionco.