Shooting the Shit With Our Retailers: Episode 3

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Kicking off 2019 with another installment of our blog series: Shooting the Shit With Our Retailers. If you have read our previous posts in the series, you know we just LOVE our retailers! This time around we have asked the lovely ladies, Heather and Dani, from Rock Paper Scissors to answer some enlightening questions. Their answers spotlight their incredible business and most importantly, who they are as inspiring and creative people! Check it out!


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Rock Paper Scissors

Rocks Paper Scissors in Charlottesville, Virginia has been the go-to place for all stationery needs since its debut in 2002. But the store has really taken on a new magical glow since its revamp in 2010 when Heather and Dani entered the picture. After buying the store, these amazing ladies kept its previous charm while also adding their own brand of style. Today, Rock Paper Scissors is known both for the quality of its paper products and the unique and authentic brands that it carries. It is also know for the “Wall of Inspiration”, displaying a wide variety of the custom paper orders: the brainchildren of Heather and Dani. Learn a little more about these two awesome humans…

How did you name your store? 

Dani: Bought it, no choice.

Heather: We rock paper scissor'ed for it! Jk - we bought the store from the previous owner and kept the name, so there was no deciding.

What if you HAD to sleep with a celebrity who would it be? 

Dani: Easy. THOR during the day and Chris Hemsworth at night. Yes, they are the same person.

Heather: I feel like I'm dating myself with this answer: Brad Pitt. That would have been my answer, like, 20 years ago... I may need to rethink it! 

What is your favorite Paper Epiphanies card? 

Dani: "Self Care” (Collaboration with Chelsea Leiken) because when you go through cancer and currently PTSD from cancer, this is a GREAT reminder. My favorite cards during my treatment were encouragement cards like these! and then these too: "Curse, Laugh, Get piss ass drunk, Grief" and "Sending you Breast Wishes".

Heather: "I breastfed easily and the weight just fell off - said a liar" might have to be it. But "the only thing you need validated is your parking" is a pretty close second!

If your life was a song what would it be and why? 

Dani: Can't think of a happy life theme song, but my "cancer fighting" and "post cancer anxiety life moment" song is "Fire Away" by Chris Stapleton. I know it's a break up song about a bad relationship, but it, like, puts freakin' (I guess I can say fuckin' with Paper Epiphanies), courage and motivation in my soul. I saw him right before he exploded which was during my treatments. The song is this back and forth dance with a "bad thing for you." You can't seem to get rid of it, but it gives you strength that you never realized you had. Plus the whole "I've never been here before" stanza speaks to me about how much breast cancer has effected my family in the past and will in the future (freakin' genetics!). Stones (tumor), Razor (surgery), Cry to my grave (PTSD). Crazy how when a song OR a CARD is presented to someone at a certain time they can derive different meanings from it that can be so therapeutic and encouraging.

Heather: Tough act to follow - I don't think i have just one theme song; but anything upbeat that makes me want to dance will do!

What is one goal of yours for the next year? 

Dani: The constant search for happiness and purpose. And do more work that inspires me. And to perfect making a quiche (for reals just said this to myself this morning). 

Heather: Ugh, I'm not a good goal planner.... in general, it's to live in the present and spend less time on social media. Life is happening to us now and we're all seemingly on our phones trying to be vicariously somewhere else.

If you had to wear the same outfit everyday, what would it be? 

Dani: COMFORT, CLASSY & NEUTRAL. Slip on sneakers, yoga pants or skinny jeans and a loose long shirt, all in neutral colors, probably gray. 

Heather: Sneakers, yoga pants, workout top (not necessarily to work out, of course, it's just comfy!)

What is the most special card or note you ever received? 

Dani: When I was going through breast cancer treatment 3 years ago, I decided to freeze my eggs before chemo. I was writing this blog to keep friends and family updated, but the blog ended up being passed around to a lot of people for inspiration. {on the blog} I wrote, "should I celebrate my egg retrieval date every year?" and lamented how there wasn't a card for that… it should say something like "Happy egg retrieval day! May your eggs stay healthy and frozen so your genes won't go extinct." So the very next day, Dec 15th, I walked in for the surgery to have my eggs retrieved. The nurse prepping me, whom I had NEVER SEEN BEFORE, gave me a handwritten card with THOSE EXACT WORDS. A friend who is also a nurse had sent her my blog the day before and said if you happen to run into this chick take care of her! It was the most rewarding moment to receive {a card} from a complete stranger. I definitely felt safe, secure and hopeful going into that surgery. Not just hopeful for my eggs that they took out. BUT FOR MANKIND and for the future of those eggs to be surrounded by the kindness and community that a simple little note did. 

Heather: Tough act to follow, again! I think I'd have to say that it's not any single card that I've received that has been special; but the act of writing letters, starting at a very young age, that has essentially shaped my life in a way I never could have foreseen and what ultimately led to me running a greeting card store. It started with letters to and from my grandmother, who lived in another state; then after spending my summers with her in Wisconsin from 4th- 11th grade, having pen pals that I wrote to regularly - I guess that's what gave me the bug!