How to Shop Local?

a monthly Q & A with LoveLiveLocal

Over the past three years LoveLiveLocal has become a resource for Cape Codders who are wondering where they can purchase things locally. So, we’ll be answering questions each month in order to help our collective mission to put more of our dollars into the local community.

Last month we answered questions about wedding planning, and this month we had a follow-up question:

Where can I find great stationary, invitations, cards and gift wrap without visiting a chain store or ordering online?

We feel that this question is very timely, given that hand written communication is on an upsurge, which has sparked the expansion of some national stores into small communities.

There are many great small local shops that carry unique cards for any and every occasion. Some of our favorite spots include Design Works in Yarmouth Port and Shift Eco-Boutique in Hyannis and Orleans, where you can always find the perfect card – even those you didn’t know you needed to send – as well as gift wrap that is so special you’ll want the gift recipient to unwrap carefully so it can be reused! Also in Orleans are Weekend and Adorn, where you can spend a lot of time going through all of the cute and quirky handmade cards from greeting card designers all over the country.  Head to 6A in Dennis and you’ll find Deep BLUE, where co-owner Amy Mason sells her own line of very punny cards and postcards. More humorous cards can be found in abundance at Red Fish Blue Fish and Allium, both located on Main Street in Hyannis.

For special occasions that require a custom invitation, talented local designers are not hard to find. Ruth Bleakly of Concertina Press has been designing nautically inspired wedding invitations and stationary (which you can find at The Little Beach Gallery) for years. If you’re looking for something a little offbeat or unexpected (think gothic, Middle Earth, and art deco), be sure to check out Linda Salamon’s Midnight Revels. Or if you like playing with text and words as much as Katelin Kloberg of Kre-ative Design Haus, you can have her design an invitation using the lyrics of your favorite song, or the prose of a meaningful poem.

Do you have something to add to the conversation? Please add a comment. Do you have a question about where to find something you need at a locally owned store? Email us at and we will try to include it in our next email.

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