Retail Incubator Program launches with Girl Holding a Pen

Aug 10, 2018 0 comments
Retail Incubator Program launches with Girl Holding a Pen

The One Nickel Co-Working located at 4323 Main St. with the assistance of LILA Fashion International (4339 Main Street) will be launching a Retail Incubator program in the beginning of January 2019. The program aims to nurture and inspire creators and future retailers through mentorship — encouraging them to grow and expand their businesses in the Philadelphia area. As part of the program they will also receive certain “perks.” One perk, is the opportunity to display their product in an eye-catching display centered in the large and prominent windows at The Nickels Building. Girl Holding a Pen (GHP) is piloting this amazing program!

GHP creates unique, hand crafted products including invitation design, envelope addressing, wood cutouts and stylized chalkboards. Lauren, the creator of GHP, was inspired by her own wedding when she began calligraphy classes with the goal of being able to address her own invitations. As Lauren continued to grow in her calligraphy endeavors, Lauren’s husband piqued interest in design, editing, and eventually woodshop to bring their creations to life.

After getting married and having her first child, Lauren began going to mommy and me classes, where she met Lana, owner of Junebug Flowers and Design, located inside of LILA Fashion International. When the event Style Me Manayunk came around, Lana wanted signage for her booth at the event. GHP created wood signage that said, “Style Me Manayunk.” The feedback for the sign was incredibly positive, and led LILA Fashion International to start selling Lauren’s signs in-store.

GHP’s window display in One Nickel Co-Working will be revealed this Saturday, August 11th. You will also be able to buy the “Manayunk” sign in store at LILA along with other words that you’ll have to come check out!

GHP aims to make each person's personality and individuality shine through their invitations, cards and signs. They offer personalized invitations of all types, notes, stationary, and necklaces that can be made with your handwriting and then digitized into jewelry. One of their main goals is to ensure that their customers feel excited gift or keep these personal stationery items, “We want our customers to be able to expressthemselves,” said Lauren. In the future they hope to offer DIY wedding invitation packages, where brides and grooms can come in for personal classes to create the invitation in their handwriting. Lauren hopes toopen a store one day; but until then you can buy some of her wood pieces in LILA Fashion Internationaland you can inquire about her other services at Girl Holding a Pen.

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