I have had the pleasure of working with the lovely ladies of another not-so-hidden gem in Downtown Hartford. Rory is one part owner of Hartford Prints!, which is a one–of-a-kind place that plays an intimate role in the Hartford community.
Hartford Girl: Can you share the history of Hartford Prints!?
Rory: Hartford Prints! is an urban goods brand that is all about handmade and homegrown love. Addy (Older Sister), Callie (Middle Sister), and Rory (Younger Sister) joined forces in 2012 to create letterpress stationery that is modern and fun. Very quickly, our printing prowess, killer style, and graphic genius grew our family. Today, at Hartford Prints! you can shop for stunning wedding invitations, offbeat greeting cards, unique streetwear, and one-of-a-kind gifts. And with the opening of our flagship store in downtown Hartford in 2013, Hartford Prints! embraces the idea that a company can both make and do good things. We strive to be an active space, using the power of our press to create positive vibes about our local community. Come visit us, we think you’ll want to be part of the fam too!
Hartford Girl: What is your greatest challenge with operating Hartford Prints! in Hartford?
Rory: Running a business is hard, especially a small business. Our biggest challenge has been hiring and finding a pool of talent that's committed to our mission. Since we're in the early stages of growth we're looking for team members that are ready roll up their sleeves, work hard and become a part of our growing family. The other challenge comes from landlords and the inflated price of rents in downtown Hartford. With all the vacant retail in downtown Hartford we would hope that landlords would be open to negotiating rents and keep costs at affordable rates.
Hartford residents and visitors can enjoy a 10% off discount at Hartford Prints! by using code "Hartford has it"! Learn more by visiting the Hartford Prints! website here, in the Hartford Girl black book here or just stop in. And don't forget to check out Hartford Prints! feature post on Humans of Hartford, Hartford Girl and the Love Hartford Instagram accounts!
I hope to see you in beautiful Hartford Prints! Pratt Street location soon!
-Carmen "Hartford Girl" Veal
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Humans of Hartford, Love Hartford & Hartford Girl, here!