This week's #womancrushwednesday features sisters Allyn Oliver and Amanda Bowman, co-creators of Love365 Cards!
Allyn Oliver and Amanda Bowman, both busy moms (and sisters!), were tired of missing key events and birthdays in the lives of friends and family when they couldn’t buy cards in enough time to send them. “We were also just tired of shopping from the same old stock of cards. We wanted a box of assorted cards that are more on point for today and ready to send.” So that’s what they created and launched last summer.
Love365 Cards, based in the Carolinas, both designs and purchases cards from card designers around the country. The inventory will continue to change, keeping things fresh, so you don’t run the risk of accidentally buying the same card twice. What sets this online card shop apart from others, is that customers can build their own box of assorted cards. It’s as easy as choosing your quantity and then adding your favorite cards to your box. “Depending on your season of life, you buy different cards. I’m no longer sending baby and engagement/wedding cards, so I just want a box of Birthday and Just Because cards,” says Allyn. Cards come in a handy, magnetic catch box that can easily be stored on a shelf or desk, keeping cards organized and together. Spoiler alert – a Love365 pen comes in each box as well. Customers are also given a coupon code so they can continuously re-fill their box with free shipping.
Allyn and Amanda grew up in Columbia, SC. Amanda currently lives in Oklahoma City, OK while Allyn is a resides part-time in Bluffton, near her Mom who is a long time Bluffton resident. “We were raised in a letter sending family,” remembers Amanda. “Our grandmother would clip newspaper articles out and send them to us and, of course, we were always required to write back.” Today, they continue to send cards and pictures to out of town friends and relatives. “It typically takes about 5 minutes to write a card and drop it in the mail. Three days later when you’ve forgotten all about it, the card arrives and absolutely makes the day of the recipient. I love how easy that is!” In the fall of 2018, their Aunt Craig was fighting a losing battle with cancer. “At the end of her life when talking and visits had to slow down, greeting cards seemed to be the best way to speak to her. It was then that the idea for Love365 Cards was born and we had a chance to share it with our Aunt before she passed in October,” wrote Amanda in an Instagram post on their Aunt’s birthday. One of Mary Craig’s passions was painting. To pay tribute to their Aunt and give back to her favorite organization, Samaritan’s Purse, the sisters created a Mary Craig Box. The “Cards for a Cause Box” is a collection of 10 of her paintings reformatted into cards. $10 from each purchase of the Mary Craig Box is donated to Samaritan’s Purse in Mary Craig’s name. “The idea started with our Aunt Craig, so we were thrilled to be able to include her in our venture in some way. She was extremely close with her sister (our Mom) so I know she is so happy to know we are doing this together,” states Allyn.
The company appeals to card buyers of all ages and is also trying to market to the small percentage of the market that is men. The “No Excuses Box for Men” is a box of assorted cards that will be an asset to any man in a relationship. It comes with cards for Valentine’s Day, Anniversary, Mother’s Day, Birthday cards, and even a couple of cards that are manly enough to send to another guy. Other themed boxes include the “Kids Birthday Box,” filled with exactly that, and the “Don’t Call Me A Millennial Box,” which includes sassy and fun cards for customers in their 20s and 30s. The Love365 themed boxes are fun and creative and will no doubt make great gifts for just about anyone!
Customers can find the online shop at love365cards.com and follow Love365 on Instagram and Facebook. These sisters have big plans in store for the shop including selling stamps for the boxes, adding a quarterly card subscription service, and offering corporate boxes for companies who appreciate their employees with cards.