Inviting Ways

Helping YOU celebrate since 1983!

Family Owned & Operated

Since we began as a birth announcement business in 1983, Inviting Ways has been a family endeavor.

Innovative & Forward Thinking

We believe Invitations and Announcements deserve to evolve. Inviting Ways plans to lead the charge.

Unrivaled Customer Service

Not to brag…but we’re known for some pretty amazing customer service. See for yourself.

Our Story

Inviting Ways (or Calligraphy Corner…as we were known for our first 23 years), first began as a calligraphy hobby in the corner of the Lobanoff family kitchen. Micki Lobanoff began her career in custom invitation/announcement design and services by creating a one of a kind, hand colored birth announcent for a friend. Not long after her friend mailed out the announcents, the calls began coming in.

Where’d you get those birth announcements?!?!

The phone’s been ringing ever since.

Right from the get-go Inviting Ways was a family affair. Micki’s husband David, daughter Tara and son Matt, would spend many an evening doing everything from assembling wedding invitations to coloring duck’s feet on birth announcements. Basically what is now referred to as “art therapy”.

In 1988, Micki and her husband David decided that her “hobby” had outgrown the confines of their Walnut Creek home and opened up their store in Downtown Walnut Creek.

By this time, David had left his job in the banking industry to combine efforts with Micki and build the successful family business that has been a staple of downtown Walnut Creek for many years.

In 2006, the gang at “Calligraphy Corner” decided a name change was in order. With more of a focus on invitations, announcements and other personalized stationary, the decision was made to call the business Inviting Ways.

After 22 years in downtown Walnut Creek, Micki and David decided it was time to bring the business full circle and back into their home.

In late 2010, Inviting Ways closed it’s downtown Walnut Creek, CA location and began offering their invitation design, printing and consulting services out of their home as well as through their websites.

Although involved on and off since the beginning, Micki & David’s son Matt Lobanoff officially took the reigns in 2017.


With a background in graphic & web design, lots of knowledge and experience in marketing and a passion for customer service, Matt intends to continue helping people celebrate the special moments in their lives.

Inviting Ways has spent the last 30+ years providing a level of customer service rarely found back then as much as today.

We actually care about our customers. They’re like family. YOU WILL BE like family.

And once you’re fam…you’re fam for life 😉

We may no longer be that the little “Mom & Pop” on Main Street (in Walnut Creek), but with Matt at the helm, Inviting Ways looks forward to bringing the same legendary customer service to more people than was ever possible before. Regardless of which side of the map you’re on.

We care about your happiness. We value your business. Most importantly, we enjoy helping you find what you need.

Don’t take our word for it! See what others are saying about Inviting Ways and our stellar reputation.

 Inviting Ways 35th anniversary logo

helping YOU celebrate since 1983!