The Camp Bowie gift shop prepares for a move with a celebration of its customers.
For almost 20 years, P.S. The Letter has provided west Fort Worth with a trusted destination for fine gifts, quality paper goods, wedding and bridal registry services, and much more. Owner Linda Motley — along with her dedicated staff – has emphasized service and quality products to the extent that her Camp Bowie Boulevard store has outgrown its space.
In advance of P.S. The Letter’s move to a new location, scheduled to occur in mid-summer 2017, Linda is hosting one final Open House event. On December 1st, from 2 to 7pm, come say hi to Linda and the store’s “greeter” Lillian, a 5-year-old west highland light terrier. In anticipation of the Open House event and P.S. The Letter’s move, we talked to Linda about the store’s past, its formula for success, and its exciting future.
Tell us a little about your background, and what led to your ownership of P.S. The Letter.
Linda: After I completed graduate school I worked for American Airlines for 13 or 14 years. I had two kids during that time, and when I realized I was never seeing them, decided to retire. After about three weeks of “stay-at-home”, I was climbing the walls. I knew there had to be some happy in-between, and saw a sale flyer for a store.
P.S. The Letter existed before I got involved. It used to actually be two different stores: The Letter, a stationery store; and P.S., a gift store, named for its owner. Carter Bowden purchased The Letter, then P.S., and merged them. I recognized the business, and had always wanted to work in the bridal industry. So, 19 years ago, I got my start as the owner.
What’s the unique role you see yourself as filling, and what sets P.S. The Letter apart?
Linda: We specialize in paper, and do all kinds of invitations, announcements, and stationery. We also offer everything you could need for the tabletop, including china, crystal, and silver. Between those two, we handle a lot of wedding services and bridal registries. Over the years, we’ve expanded to include a lot of fine items appropriate for gifts, including frames, baby items, gourmet food, and bath and body goods.
Our goal is to have a great selection of gifts for every occasion, and have also expanded into leather goods, jewelry, and purses. In addition to our products, we provide great customer service and strive to make it easy and pleasurable to shop. We also offer free local delivery, and provide complimentary gift-wrap services.
What’s something that tends to surprise people about P.S. The Letter?
Linda: Most people have no idea of the range and depth of our product selection. Our name can be a little misleading, as it suggests that we are purely a paper goods store. Obviously, we’re much more than that. People will walk in, and they’re just amazed to see everything that we have in the store.
Do you offer any special items or services for Christmas?
Linda: Our gift-wrapping is complimentary all year long, and we’ll have holiday-themed paper for Christmas. We’ll offer lots of Christmas decorations and décor, as well as Christmas tabletop goods. One thing we’re bringing back from last year is our exclusive Christopher Radko ornament. It’s called “Jolly Old Ft. Worth”, and was a huge success among our customers.
We have many other specialty ornaments, and carry lots of seasonal table patterns and Christmas linens. We also do holiday invitations, cards, and gift tags. We like to think we’re a great one-stop shop for the holiday season.
What can you tell our readers about your move and annual Open House event?
Linda: We recently broke ground at our new location, where we’re constructing a new building. We’ll be located at the corner of Bryce and Hulen, less than a mile from our current location. We’re doubling our space, which is greatly needed, and we’ll have much more parking.
On Thursday, December 1st, we’ll have an Open House event from 2pm to 7pm. It’s our standing tradition for the holidays, and is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to our customers. We’ll have hors d’oeuvres, wine, and other refreshments, and will offer 15 percent off customers’ entire purchases.
To attend P.S. The Letter’s Open House event or shop prior to its move, stop by 5136 Camp Bowie Boulevard. To inquire about any of its goods or services, you can reach the store at 817-731-2032, or visit them online at www.pstheletter.com.