Ann Wiley, Bri Kangas, Laurie Hicks, Jennifer Luna, and Madi Tice at the opening of Paper Luxe Gig Harbor in September 2021.
Who We Are
The Kindship is a local, family-owned collection of small retail businesses in the Greater Tacoma area with a heart for our community and helping our customers celebrate all of life’s milestones.
It all started with Paper Luxe Stationery & Gifts in 2012, our greeting card and gift boutique that brings you unique finds for all occasions including houseplants, jewelry, party supplies, home decor, candles, puzzles, fine writing instruments, art tools, paper goods, cookbooks, creative workshops and so much more. Our flagship location is in Fircrest, Washington. We opened our second location in the Uptown area of Gig Harbor, Washington in fall of 2021.
In 2018, due to the popularity of our children’s selection, we opened The Curious Bear Toy & Book Shop. Our goal is to bring a modern twist to the traditional toy store, offering a wide range of curated toys, books, and puzzles, for both the young and the young at heart.
In 2020, despite the pandemic, we were able to open our next venture, The Crest Home, directly between Paper Luxe and The Curious Bear in Fircrest. The Crest focused on gifts and goods for your home including a wide selection of tropical houseplants, accent furniture, pillows & throws, candles, charcuterie treats, baskets, dishes, serveware, and more. In November of 2022, we decided to merge this store with our Paper Luxe Fircrest location. The location remains, the home goods and plants still remain, but now all goods are sold under the Paper Luxe brand for a better customer experience.
With the popularity of our baby section at The Curious Bear and some extra space next to our new Paper Luxe Gig Harbor location, we opened an adorable baby boutique called Little Luxe in 2021. Focusing primarily on new baby gift items and clothing, we also feature toys, gear, and goods for ages 0-3.
And, because we needed a bigger venue for our creative workshops, we renovated another space in Uptown Gig Harbor and The Kindship Studio was born. Check out our events calendar for a full list of our current events and workshops.
Our latest venture, Kindship Cards, is just getting started. The Paper Source bankruptcy in early 2021 impacted so many of our dear friends in the greeting card industry. This sparked the idea of a creating a website dedicated solely to promoting, celebrating, and supporting the independent greeting card artist. It also aims to be an avenue for us to bring awareness to and generate funds for smaller non-profits that are near and dear to our hearts and those of our artists. Our goal is to eventually offer the largest selection of independently designed greeting cards in the world.