Dallas native Margretta Wikert and Oklahoma City-bred Kerri Davis have a thing for paper and personalized touches. The duo is set to open Ellis Hill in Highland Park Village this February, a stationery shop bursting with beautiful paper goods and gifts.
Davis founded the store in 2009 as Anne Grace Designs — named after her two daughters — in a space behind behind Merry Vose’s Cabana. Thanks to a passion for the written word and making simple notes more personal, she built a strong clientele — including Wikert, for whom Davis had designed some Christmas cards.
Wikert decided to ditch grad school in 2010 to work with Davis. “When I began working there, I loved it,” Wikert says. “We work with brides a lot, which is fun.”
The pair offers everything from invitations to place cards to envelopes in techniques such as embossing, thermography and letterpress. Wikert says they can do any kind of custom paper work, and clients can choose from about 30 vendors, including Crane, Pipo Press, Dallas-based Bell’Invito, Sugar Paper, Arzberger Stationers and Dauphine Press.
Although the Ellis Hill ladies can accommodate any custom order, Wikert recommends ordering invitations at least two months prior. Choosing what you want may not take long, but letterpress, for example can take up to two weeks for a proof and another three weeks to print — and that’s if there are no changes.
Ellis Hill also carries a sweet selection of monogrammed linens and trays from the likes of Daisy Hill, Sophia Cashmere and Jill Rosenwald. “We strive to give clients a personalized experience so that they can give thoughtful gifts,” says Wikert, whose mother often gave monogrammed gifts.
The ladies are getting ready to move into the 475-square-foot-space — splashed with green, gold and white — on the second floor of Highland Park Village, above Patrizio. The shop will be open Monday- Friday and by appointment on the weekends.
“We love the location [in Highland Park Village],” Wikert says. “We both spend so much time there. The visibility is great, and because many of our clients live in the area, it’s a better fit for them.”