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Our Story

The Card Shop that stands the test of time...


Panda Cards

Our story began in 1977 when the visionary Hewitt family embarked on a journey to spread joy, love, and laughter through the timeless art of greeting cards. With boundless passion and a profound love for heartfelt expressions, they founded Panda Cards, a sanctuary of carefully curated cards that spoke to the soul.

Over the years, Panda Cards grew from a humble little store into a cherished and flourishing independent greeting card shop, earning its rightful place as a beloved staple in the heart of St. Albans. It became a place where people found not just cards but a connection – a place where emotions found a beautiful way to be conveyed, and sentiments found their perfect match.

In the early 2000s, the reins of this legacy were entrusted to me, Mary, with great honour and pride. As a lover of art and storytelling, taking over Panda Cards was a dream come true. I was determined to preserve the essence of the store while infusing it with my own touch of creativity and innovation.

Panda Cards has always been distinguished by its commitment to uniqueness. Our cards are carefully handpicked, sourced from talented artists all over the world, making each card a masterpiece of its own. We believe that every individual deserves to express themselves in a way that feels truly personal and heartfelt, which is why we offer a diverse range of wonderfully unusual and beautiful cards.

Our pursuit of excellence and dedication to the art of meaningful connections has not gone unnoticed. In 2022, we were delighted to be shortlisted for the prestigious title of

"Best Card Shop in the Home Counties." This recognition is a testament to the love and support we have received from our incredible customers – you are the heart of our story!

At Panda Cards, we don't just sell cards; we celebrate life's moments, big and small. Whether it's finding the perfect card to brighten someone's day, commemorating milestones, or simply letting someone know they are cherished, we are here to help you convey your emotions in the most genuine and heartfelt way possible.

As we continue to evolve and grow, our dedication to fostering connections and celebrating life remains at the core of what we do. We are eternally grateful for the privilege of being part of your lives and sharing in your moments of love, laughter, and reflection.


Thank you for being a part of our story, and we look forward to creating more beautiful memories with you at Panda Cards.


Together, let's keep spreading love, one card at a time.

With love and appreciation,


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