Creative Cards. A Family Affair

Photography by  James Billing

Photography by James Billing

Yorkshire born Brothers Kieron and Christian Barton, fell in love with Australia, and more specifically Sydney, while backpacking. A few years later they moved their young families half a world away to set up operations here.

Settling into their new lives on the beautiful Northern Beaches, they soon felt there was a gap in the market for unique and locally designed quality cards at a great price.  They are quick to acknowledge that this was largely thanks to their wives!

Kieron adds, “My wife was searching for something special that wasn’t mass produced for a friend to celebrate her birthday and struggled to find something. After researching it, we thought let’s give this a shot - ‘The Card Shop’ was born.” 

The first outlet was opened in February 2013 at Warringah Mall, and two years later they opened a store in their home village of Avalon - just two weeks before Christmas.

“I was both excited and nervous to open The Card Shop on our own doorstep. Avalon has been such a truly amazing place for our family, we’ve been made so welcome and have built incredible friendships here, so to have a store here makes us immensely proud to be a part of this special community,” explains Kieron.

Driven by being local, unique and contemporary, The Card Shop has a team of talented illustrators and designers all based in their Manly head office, creating new designs daily to keep their stores fresh and exciting for people to shop.  

“Having a creative team in-house allows us to be incredibly responsive to what’s happening both locally and also internationally. We reflect that in the cards we design such as our ‘Gay time’ card to celebrate Gay Marriage. 

Along with designing on the Northern Beaches, all The Card Shop’s in-house cards are printed locally in Sydney using recycled paper. Now, after five years in the business, they employ over
20 people.  

Supplementing their distinctive paper goods, they also stock a wide-range of gorgeous, design-led stationery and beautiful gifts. These are selected from a small number of suppliers - many local - to provide customers with high quality and exclusive gifts to help people celebrate special occasions.

“Being a young local company ourselves, we also proudly support other local brands, ensuring what we offer our customers is special, exclusive and is supporting local talent,” adds Kieron.

 From the paper quality to the printing techniques, everything The Card Shop does is carefully created and crafted to the highest quality standards but also comes without the boutique price with cards on sale cheaper than in the big retailers.

We’d love to welcome you to our store soon.
Pop in and mention this article to receive* a free card and sheet wrap with any purchase.

* Valid on TCS products between September to November 2017.

The Card Shop has a range of easy deals for your card and wrap needs
Cards three for $15, five for $20 or $6.95 individually. 
Wrap three sheets for $10 or $4.95.

Shop 2, 49 Old Barrenjoey Rd,
Avalon Beach

Shop 244, Westfield Warringah Mall
Corner Condamine St and Old Pittwater Rd, Brookvale