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Gift Shop 40 Under 40 2019

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MARGARET HAAS Owner, Paper Pastries Haas established Paper Pastries in 2009 to provide clients bespoke invitations that feature signature calligraphy and hand lettering styles. Each celebration receives the detail and hand embellished elements that Haas loves — elegant envelope liners, luxurious wax seals, hand folded vellum jackets and more. Her atelier in Glendale, California (and, features a meticulously curated selection of colorful greeting cards, rubber stamps, pens, pencils, stickers and notebooks galore. LINDSAY HAGERMAN Co-founder/CFO, RainCaper RainCaper designs and manufactures a top quality chic hooded travel cape. This travel essential is sold in hundreds of gift, apparel, pharmacy, and museum stores. The RainCaper brand has grown tremendously since it launched in 2016. Prior to that, the co-founders, a dynamic mother-daughter duo, owned a successful destination retail store near Philadelphia for 24 years. They offer store-friendly policies, and treat customers and employees like family. PARKER KREX CEO, Brick Loot Krex embodies, fuels and breathes his growing, subscription-based startup, Brick Loot. His experience in growth innovation and business objectivity coupled with his eye for detail and passion for brick-building, suggests a new mentality for aspiring young entrepreneurs. Starting a business at 9 years old certainly isn't easy, but Krex still finds new ways to "wow" the brick-building community. COLLEEN HALL Marketing director, C&F Enterprises Hall began her career in healthcare marketing, moved into business development in the defense industry, then found her home in the gift industry at C&F Enterprises in 2015. She has risen to the role of director of marketing, overseeing five brands and supporting others under the corporate umbrella. Outside of work, Hall enjoys volunteering and spending time with her husband, two dogs and four cats (all rescues). STEPHANIE LOFTUS Owner, The Quill Loftus' love of stationery led her to a degree in graphic design and a position with a premier stationer, The Quill. Her creative designs quickly earned her a loyal customer base and celebrity clientele. She now owns The Quill, and works with her mom, Patricia, to curate an award-winning gift store and thriving invitation studio. MICHELLE HUIE Founder, VIM & VIGR Huie is a creative sales and marketing leader with success in launching innovative brands across various industries including technology, apparel and healthcare. In 2013, she founded VIM & VIGR stylish compression legwear, a wellness apparel brand sold domestically and internationally. Huie has been featured on Forbes, Entrepreneur, INC, Thrive Global and QVC. JENNIFER LUNA Owner/CEO, Paper Luxe Stationery & Gift Luna created Paper Luxe in 2013, along with her mom, Laurie. She's grown the business from a small website into a thriving brick-and-mortar with a loyal customer base. The duo also started a toy store, The Curious Bear, next door in 2018, and launched an event space in 2019 where they host creative workshops for both adults and children. ASHLEY JANKOWSKI Owner/designer, The Type Set Company Jankowski is a right-brained creative with a passion for pushing boundaries and taking chances. She helps other entrepreneurs level up their businesses through bold brand makeovers. She has a passion for product design, which led her to re-imagine nostalgic alphabet magnets and launch The Type Set Co., where she encourages her customers to say it with style. BRANDY MCNAIR Owner, Bella Vita Jewelry McNair launched Bella Vita Jewelry in 2008, at local craft shows and online. Her product is now found at over 400 brick-and-mortar stores and in her retail shop in downtown Little Rock, Arkansas. The curated gift shop focuses on Bella Vita's hand-crafted artisan jewelry and features a unique variety of handmade, local and fair trade items. KATE KELLMAN Co-founder/marketing director, Of Note Stationers Driven by a strong sense of purpose and clear unwavering values, Kellman uplifts the world in her dedication to offering a path of nourishment through mindful letter writing. Her focus is on co-creating beautiful stationery, and illuminating the practice of letter writing, a reflection and expression that fosters deeper connection with ourselves, others and the world around us.

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