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Monday, March 5, 2018

Chelsea Handler's Favorite Birthday Card Was Conceived in St. Louis

Posted By on Mon, Mar 5, 2018 at 6:35 AM

click to enlarge VIA INSTAGRAM/COURTESY OF MARY HENNESY
  • VIA INSTAGRAM/COURTESY OF MARY HENNESY

Chelsea Handler joking about how much she loves to drink is nothing new. But Chelsea Handler using the words of a St. Louis businesswoman to do so? That's worth noting.

Last Thursday, Handler posted a photo to Instagram of herself holding a birthday card. Seeing it, Mary Hennesy had an instant surge of recognition: It was one of her designs.



Hennesy, the co-owner of south city's Urban Matter (one of "40 Shops We Love" in the RFT's 2017 Shop Local issue), is herself not a card designer. However, she has an informal relationship with Lynda Sherman of Seattle-based Bremelo Press. A Seattle native herself, Hennesy doesn't just carry the cards Sherman prints on her letterpress; she also sends Sherman the occasional idea.

"An idea will come to me and I'll send it to her," she says. "We've collaborated a number of times." Their cards include a grammar-lover's gem ("Practice Safe Text. Use commas, and never miss a period") as well as this local favorite: "You know everybody .... You're the Kevin Bacon of St. Louis."

click to enlarge COURTESY OF MARY HENESSY
  • COURTESY OF MARY HENESSY
The card Handler was propping up in her post had come to Hennesy in a burst of inspiration. "I am woman, hear me pour," it reads, with the text sandwiched between a letter-press woman's head and a hand holding a glass of wine.

click to enlarge COURTESY OF MARY HENNESY
  • COURTESY OF MARY HENNESY
The card was apparently given to Handler by her friend Christine Symonds, a celebrity hairstylist. But while it's clear what attracted Symonds to the card, it's a bit more of a mystery as to where she bought it. Hennesy says Sherman's work is sold only in limited retail outlets — one of them, of course, being her own boutique on Virginia Avenue.

Is it possible someone with a Hollywood connection picked it up there? Hey, stranger things have happened. And certainly, if you want one of your own to send a wine-loving friend, you know just where to find it.

We welcome tips and feedback. Email the author at sarah.fenske@riverfronttimes.com
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