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4 years
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Lake View Boutique Loves Local Designers

Homegrown Fashion
When Tracey Glibowski was laid off for the second time in three years, she didn’t sit around and sulk. Instead, the former advertising executive decided to fulfill a lifelong dream and open a women’s boutique on the Northside.

4 years
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Accessories Shop Opens on Gold Coast

No Pairs Allowed
After a few months in a temporary space on Oak Street, Little Miss Matched (835 N. Michigan Ave.; 312-915-0676, littlemissmatched.com) opened its first Midwest shop on the fifth floor of Water Tower Place earlier this month.

4 years
ago

 

New Women’s Boutique in Bucktown

Online to On the Block
Bucking the trend of brick-and-mortar businesses going online-only, Dress Up Boutique (1937 N. Damen Ave.; 773-235-7780, dressup-boutique.com) is an online women’s clothing and accessories shop that recently opened a retail space in Bucktown.

4 years
ago

 

Upscale Resale in Oak Park

A Fresh Take on Consignment
Even though Divine Consign (111 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park; 810 North Blvd., Oak Park; 708-386-3366, divineconsignoakpark.com) opened at the height of the economic recession, when many other Chicagoland shops were closing, the Oak Park home boutique found a niche.

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4 years
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Loreta Corsetti Relocates

High Hats
The local milliner Loreta Corsetti recently moved her four-year-old business at State and Elm streets a few blocks southeast, joining with her long-time friend Terri Vizzone at Urban Style Emporium (200 E. Delaware Pl.; 312-335-1353, urbanstyleemporium.com).

4 years
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Resale Couture in Highland Park

Big Names, Downsized Prices
To help Chicago women get a little more bang for their buck in the northern suburbs, Susan Plumer Gerber and Gilat Zamost recently opened My Best Friend’s Closet

4 years
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Homegrown Boutique on Oak Street

Fur Crazy
Sergio Ugartechea and Brian Moriarty, veterans of the Chicago retail industry, have switched things up.

4 years
ago

 

Chicago Fashion Incubator Pops Up at 900 Shops

Short-Term Showcase
Since 2006, the Chicago Fashion Incubator at Macy’s has helped local designers launch their careers in fashion through workshops, workspaces, and other kinds of support for one year at a time.

4 years
ago

 

New Local Line of Handbags Surfaces

Give Yourself Some Skin
Annie Handbags (6263 N. McCormick Blvd., Ste. 160; 312-498-3933) launched last year, bringing women a fresh batch of luxurious yet practical purses, totes, and messenger bags.

4 years
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West Loop Salon Expands

Inflationary Pressure
While many shops and spas seem to be at a standstill these days, some locally owned businesses, such as Solo Salon (1065 W. Madison St.; 312-491-9771, solo-salon.com), continue to thrive.

4 years
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New Designer on the Scene

Made-To-Measure
Shortly after graduating from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Michelle Barone was asked to create an exclusive clothing line for the opening reception of the museum’s Modern Wing in May 2009.

4 years
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Revision Home Opens Its Doors

Three Days Only
Growing up in New Orleans, Katie Ernst traveled to various junk and antique stores with her grandma, mom, and aunts with an eye for deals on great finds. In October 2009, Ernst opened Revision Home (2132 W. Fulton St.; 312-226-2221, revisionchicago.com), which sells vintage and antique pieces online and by appointment.