SOE Award Recipient
2020 • Retail •
Leslie Person Ryan
“Invention and Innovation is a melding of a new idea, and an old idea. If you have an interest in a certain area, you don’t need to be an expert at it … you just need to have enthusiasm and energy to improve upon it.”
Letter Perfect emerged 36 years ago when Leslie could not find good choice and good service when looking for her own wedding invitation in Santa Barbara. A year later, she left her job as art gallery manager and opened Letter Perfect in a small space off Coast Village Road, an emerging retail area in Santa Barbara. Three years later she expanded it to triple its size.
Leslie is now an entrepreneur and business owner, President and CEO of multiple businesses including Letter Perfect’s Ink Design & Nature which began as a small shop over three and a half decades ago and morphed into three times the original size with other sub-businesses. As the world changed so did Letter Perfect and are now much more than a retail store. Leslie is committed to giving back to the greater Santa Barbara and beyond in engaging and unique ways.