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Sales Check

June 2009

7 years
ago

 

The 900 Shops Adds Purse Boutique

It’s in the Bag
A few years ago, Debbie Jagel looked around at the bags and purses women were carrying and sensed opportunity—a need for purses that more deftly complemented women’s styles. And so she set about designing a line of purses and bags made of unique materials and equipped with interchangeable straps that could be swapped out to match different outfits. Last month she opened the boutique Ootra

7 years
ago

 

Event Planning Boutique in Wicker Park

Party On
Three years after working together as event planners at the Merchandise Mart (222 Merchandise Mart Plaza; 800-677-6278 mmart.com), Stephanie Hlinak and Myca Smith wanted to take consulting services to the next level. So the pair opened…

7 years
ago

 

Piazza Sempione Opens on Oak Street

A Milan Icon Comes to Town
Piazza Sempione (34 E. Oak St.; 312-280-1129, piazzasempione.com) recently opened on the Gold Coast, bringing more cachet to Oak Street’s prestigious shopping strip. Located in the former Sugar Magnolia space, the new boutique marks the Milan-based brand’s third stand-alone location in the United States. “We have a very loyal following in Chicago,” says Oriana VanSomeren, the shop’s general manager. “It just made sense to…

7 years
ago

 

Eco-friendly Salon in Wicker Park

Hair and Wake Up
Combining her love for style with her passion for going green, Jamie Bushman opened The Circle Salon (2135 W. Division St.; 773-715-1026, thecirclesalon.com), a new environmentally friendly shop in Wicker Park. “We go through so much waste as an industry because of our packaging,” says Bushman, who has been a hair and makeup stylist for more than 10 years. “It’s really important to be conscious of that and to make whatever effort you…

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