Hi! I’m Amanda and I’m here to help you add a touch of pretty personalization to your wedding, party, or home.
The Calligraphy Bar is a long time in the making, starting out with a love of paper and print from growing up in my dad’s print shop, having an appreciation for good handwriting from my mom, and fueling the need for a creative outlet from working for years in a data-centric field.
I've always wanted to run a stationery shop, and becoming a stay-at-home-mom has allowed me the freedom to practice calligraphy and fall even more in love with stationery and give this little dream a go.
I wanted to incorporate my family into the name somehow, and being that, at the time, our little family was made up of my husband, Bryan, me, Amanda, and our son, Raleigh, BAR just seemed to fit. I've recently added palm accents to the site and the branding to bring little Palmer into the mix. So there you have it, The Calligraphy Bar.
About Me - Amanda Sides
I was born and raised in Sutherlin, Virginia then Danville, Virginia, picking blackberries on the side of a dirt road. I ventured off to JMU for college, found a job in Search Engine Marketing in Charlottesville, VA, which led me down to Charleston, SC for a few years. Now I’m a stay-at-home-mom, filling my days with Mickey Mouse Club, cleaning, coffee, dirt, cooking, and a little calligraphy, and eventually getting back into the swing of things with some digital marketing consulting.
My husband, Bryan, son, Raleigh, and Whippet, Max, recently made the move back to Virginia and are currently making our home outside of DC, and just welcomed a baby girl, Palmer.