Spark Letterpress to close after 12 years

Spark Letterpress, a print shop and design studio in Northeast Minneapolis, announced Wednesday it will close after 12 years in business.

Valerie Carlson, who owns the company with husband James Watne, took to the company’s social media pages to announce the closing.

“This company started as an overly-ambitious dream with a loosely drawn-up plan, and yet we saw many achievements over the years because we held ourselves to the highest of standards and worked tirelessly for our clients,” she said. “Not even a few months back could I have imagined it would end. I don’t think anyone is ever truly ready to say goodbye to a business they built from the ground up, but sometimes that is the hand that you are dealt.”

Carlson and Watne will take on new positions at a Florida-based letterpress, according to the post. The company did not return a request for comment.

Spark hosted liquidation sales on Thursday and Friday, and future sale dates may be announced. The company is located at 1300 Quincy St. NE in the Logan Park neighborhood of Northeast Minneapolis.