3 Local Small Businesses To Help You Celebrate Send A Card To A Friend Day

We’re pretty nostalgic when it comes to snail mail, especially when it comes to cards that are handmade. So, we have rounded up 3 local small businesses to help you celebrate send a card to a friend day, which is today!

In this digital age, it’s easy to send a quick ‘thinking of you’ text or better yet, tag your pal in a meme just to let them know that they’re on your mind. It all seems sweet and personal because it’s the world we’re living in, but we think one of the best feelings is getting a good old fashioned card in the mailbox. Seeing the message on the front of the card, inside the card and your friend’s penmanship is a personal touch that can’t be replicated through technology. We’re smack dab in between Orlando and Tampa here in Lakeland, so we decided to highlight small business from all three locations to help you participate!

Photo Courtesy: @bloomwolfstudio

Photo Courtesy: @bloomwolfstudio

1. Bloomwolf Studio in Orlando, FL.

This illustration and paper goods company was founded in 2015 by partners Luis Sosa and Betsy Garcia who forewent her plans of becoming a doctor. The medical field’s loss is our gain. Building Bloomwolf restored Betsy’s passion for art and her work can now be purchased in over 140 small shops and boutiques nationwide. Our Social Media Manager, Becca, has three of her city prints on her fireplace mantle she scored at the Tampa Indie Flea. We love their style.

Photo Courtesy: @twentysevenlkld

Photo Courtesy: @twentysevenlkld

2. Twenty Seven in Lakeland, FL.

We cannot get enough of Jenna Cherry, the illustrator who has taken Lakeland by storm for her skills and adorable name. She is currently a senior at Southeastern University and recently won January CityMaker for the mural she painted on the side of The Shop Across The Street in the historic Dixieland area of Lakeland. We’re a fan of her bold colors, her retro style and not to mention her focus on mental health. It’s beyond refreshing!

Photo Courtesy: @sagebrushedco

Photo Courtesy: @sagebrushedco

3.  Sagebrushed in Tampa, FL.

Maggie Sage Shaffer’s affinity for paper began when she designed a wedding invitation for a friend and she fell in love with snail mail and paper products, just like us! In 2015, she took the leap and began designing the line and Sagebrushed, a line of illustrated greeting cards launched two years later in 2017 in her hometown of Tampa, FL. What we admire about her illustrations is her whimsical style, Florida charm and attention to detail.

So, instead of turning to your phone to show affection, check out these talented ladies to celebrate send a card to a friend day!

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Thank You, Lakeland

Lakeland, you beautiful city! We're in our second weekend of business and the support you've shown us is unreal. You've kept us busy rolling dough, pouring cold brew and cold beer, and telling stories about the goods we chose for the Bear Cat & Big 6 Trading Post.

We wanted to take a little bit of time from our busy weekend to tell you how much you mean to us, and to say thank you for your amazing support when we opened. We had a ball serving you and celebrating with you! Here are some pictures from our opening weekend:

Later on our opening day, we had a get-together to celebrate our new space. Even though it poured buckets that night, people stayed and partied in the rain!

Each and every person who made it out to eat beignets and explore and party with us -- thank you! We love you.

There were some people who made it all possible and deserve some extra kudos:

Ashton Events, for their amazing planning and the team that made sure the coolest party ever went smoothly.

Sunshine Canning, for the phenomenal pickle bar and other goodies they shared.

The Corner Store, for the amazing sweet potato salad and the best corn we've ever eaten (ever).  They have a spot at the 801 E. Main spot -- come check them out!

On The Avenue, whose music set the tone for an amazing night.

Lady Miaou, who made sure we were dancing 'til the sun came up.

Eddie Green at Southern Food and Barbecue, who made the best dang barbecue. 

Acu-Temp, who made a heroic effort to get our air conditioning units installed before the opening.

Wish Vintage, who helped us put together the space for everyone who attended.

Penny and Finn and Julian Castoreno, who caught it all on camera.

And you all, who made it perfect.


Rave: Izola Water Bottle

There are a few things I never leave home without. I always have my wallet and phone, of course, and a pair of headphones, my pocket knife, and a lipstick in case I need to go somewhere and assume a least a semblance of professionalism. Recently, my Izola water bottle has been added to the extremely short list of things I almost always have on my person.

When Jarrid and Robyn gave me this water bottle for my birthday earlier this month, I was mostly excited because it was cute (even though I can't paddle my own canoe, and I ended up running into a cypress tree the last time I tried). NOW I'm excited about it because I've discovered that the whole "It'll keep your drinks cold way longer than you thought possible" thing isn't just clever marketing -- it really does keep drinks cold for hours.

This thing goes with me all over the place, including the office (where one time I forgot about it and left the cap off, and found my water still icy cold four hours after I remembered where I'd put the bottle -- just imagine what it'd do with the lid ON), the gym (where it's cool-looking enough that I can pretend it cancels out how ridiculous I look flailing around on the elliptical), the 801 East Main space (where we are currently working almost literally around the clock to bring you the coolest spot in Lakeland), and everywhere in-between. I walk everywhere, so its relatively compact size is perfect; it fits in my purse and is excellent for when I'm trekking around town. 

Izola purports that it keeps drinks hot, too, just as long as it keeps them cold. I can't attest to that personally yet, as it's still too hot to lug around hot drinks in my purse, but I'm sure it's great for hot coffee, hot cider, and anything else I can think of to put in there. I'll plan on keeping hot chocolate in it for the Lakeland Christmas parade this year and will report back.

These nifty things are going to be in stock at the Bear Cat and Big 6 trading post, which opens on November 7. If you snag one, let me know! We can walk around Lakeland and drink cold (or hot) drinks together, toasting each other with our wonderful water bottles and not worrying about the temperature of our drinks. 

Guest writer: Abby Jarvis

We're Hiring!

We're looking for some awesome people to join The Poor Porker team!

The positions for which we're hiring will let you work in all of the different aspects of the new space at 801 Main Street, including in the beignet cart, the bar, and the Bear Cat & Big 6 boutique. You'll be cross-trained in all of the different areas, so you'll be able to give visitors the best possible experience -- the experience is the most important part of 801 Main!

Our ideal candidate will be a super rad person who works really well on a team, is dedicated to making every single visitor's experience at 801 Main a positive one, and is able to learn quickly, stay positive, and have fun. Having hospitality or retail experience is a plus, but it's not required. The most important thing is that you're willing and able to learn.

The positions are all part-time with the potential to become full-time in the future. If you want to join a team that is passionate about community, has fun with their customers and each other, and loves making peoples' days, we'd love to talk to you! Please send your resume and a quick cover letter to thepoorporker@gmail.com.

We can't wait to meet our team!

It's The Final Countdown!


We've got two weeks, y'all! Two weeks until we get to show you 801 Main Street, the space of our dreams, which we built for the wonderful community we call home. We're deep into the details now -- planting trees, shoveling gravel, hanging pictures, and getting ready to set up the boutique.

Thank you for visiting us, for being excited about the space, for all the questions you've asked about opening, and for sharing beignets and smoked chicory coffee with us on the weekends. We're building this space space for you and your family and your friends -- we hope you love it, and we can't wait to show it to you!

Mark your calendars for November 7: it's our grand opening! We can't wait to see you there.