Spark Letterpress Comes Home To Minnesota

A Minnesota company comes home

They say home is where the heart is. In the case of Spark Letterpress, it’s now also where the business is. Eight years after moving their company from Minnesota to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, husband-and-wife owners Jim Watne and Valerie Carlson have returned. Carlson says the decision was both personal and professional—“part of it is missing friends and family, part of it is the right time for the business,” citing greater opportunities for growth, proximity of suppliers, and a larger customer base in Minneapolis. The company has been enjoying exponential success in its time away, selling its products to 125 retailers around the world and receiving high-profile national press. As part of its plans to expand, the company has set up a showroom alongside its Northeast Minneapolis print shop, where clients can go for consultations on custom stationery for all of life’s events: birth announcements, bat and bar mitzvahs, corporate events, graduation parties, and beyond. •