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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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Vintage Finds on the Gold Coast

Sofia So Good
After years of working in Los Angeles, Chicago native Ashley Zisook returned home to discover that she was unsatisfied with the city’s vintage shops. So, the veteran vintage sample sale organizer rented out an office space and, within three weeks, opened Sofia Vintage Boutique (1165 N. Clark St., Ste. 400; 312-640-0878). The new Gold Coast shop is named after the Academy Award-winning Italian actress Sophia Loren, who Zisook believes is the “true meaning of class and grace.” The shop carries men and women’s clothing and accessories from the 1920s through 1980s. Co-owning the shop with her sister, Allison Zisook Goldstein, Zisook personally selects every item from resale shops all over the country and will sometimes alter items; for example, she cut at least six inches off the sleeves on 1970s boho brown, pink, and…

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Designer Dress Rentals in Lake View

Loan Sharks
Chicago natives Teonna Ingram and Bree Lara understand how difficult it can be to stay fashionable without spending lots of money on designer clothing. Earlier this month, the pair opened BADC (3221 N. Sheffield Ave.; 773-904-8735, shopbadc.com), a designer dress–leasing boutique in Lake View. BADC, which stands for Borrow a Dress Couture, carries a range of seasonal designer dresses in sizes 0 to 18 and maternity clothing that women can rent for…

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Price Friendly Boutique in Boystown

Similar Style, Lower Prices
Marc Engel moved to Chicago in 1996 and within weeks of his arrival open Chasalla (106 E. Oak St.; 312-640-1940), a high-end designer boutique. Upon its opening, Engel still wanted to bring a second, trendy shop to a busier Chicago neighborhood. Staying true to his word, the German native opened CRAM Fashion (3331 N. Broadway St.; 773-477-1737) in Boystown earlier this month. While the boutique carries some of…

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Thread Lounge Opens in Lincoln Park

Not the First, Not the Last
After years of gaining popularity across the United States through her designer sample sales, Colleen Schmidt opened the Midwest’s first permanent Thread Lounge (918 W. Armitage Ave.; 773-281-0011, threadlounge.com) last month. The new Lincoln Park shop offers up to 75 percent off wholesale clothing and accessories from more than 350 designers, including 2bfree, Gossip, and T-Bags. With two other permanent shops in…

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Afshar Moves to Logan Square

At Home with Ani Afshar
When the local jewelry designer Ani Afshar closed her eight-year-old Lincoln Park boutique in March, she already had a back-up plan in place: The collection would remain available online but, as an alternative to maintaining a costly retail storefront, Afshar would open her studio for appointments. Located in Logan Square, Afshar’s new…

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Wicker Park’s Latest Addition

Less is More, She Says
Three months after moving from New York to Chicago last November, Texas native Jana Zacek opened her first-ever boutique in Wicker Park. Featuring mostly black, white, and gray dresses and tops with pops of color, Mulberry & Me (2019 W. Division St.; 773-952-7551) has items for work and play. “Being stylish isn’t about having a closet full of clothes. It’s about being able to use the same items in different ways,” Zacek says. Whether you need something for work or…

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Neapolitan Expands to Carry Mens’ Lines

Double Your Pleasure
Nearly six years after opening Neapolitan, the owner Kelly Golden created a male counterpart to her popular suburban women’s designer boutique. Adjacent to the women’s shop, Neapolitan Men (725 Elm St., Winnetka; 847-441-7784, neapolitanonline.com) opened in mid March and carries everything from casual pants and sports coats to ties and wallets. “Clients had been asking for years to carry…

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Bridal Boutique in West Loop

Your Gown, Your Way
When Marshall Field’s on State Street converted to Macy’s in 2006, designer Michelle Gertzman needed a new location to sell her bridal gowns. Nearly three years later, the Chicago native finally opens her first bridal salon, Michelle Rahn (211 N. Green St.; 312-243-1919, michellerahn.com), on April 15th. “It’s not just about making a purchase,” says Gertzman, who works with her clients by appointment only. “I want to make it as easy as possible for the bride…

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Shop for New Parents in Lincoln Park

Laughing Stock
Selling baby furniture, bedding, toiletries, toys, clothing, and more under one roof, giggle (2116 N. Halsted St.; 773-296-6228, giggle.com) recently opened its first Midwest location, providing a new resource for expecting parents in Chicago. “We’re less of a baby store and more of a new-parent store,” says giggle founder and CEO, Ali Wing. With a mission to help urban parents, giggle tries to find products that solve city problems such as…

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Accessories Galore in Pilsen

Story Time
Last fall, Chicago native AnneMarie Garza wanted to create a boutique centered on the idea that every item should tell a story. So the former real-estate development director purchased retail space, recruited designers via Craigslist and Etsy, and, within months, opened Bella Chica (1253 W. 18th St.; 312-927-3535). The new Pilsen shop sells handmade designs from about 15 Chicago artists, carrying everything from…

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Online Card Company Expands

Express Yourself
Shortly after launching an online create-your-own photo holiday card company, Sacha Katz decided to use her self-taught computer illustrating skills to the fullest. So the 30-year-old Lincoln Park resident redesigned the product line and, last month, re-launched U Stationery (ustationery.com; 773-942-7657), which now offers…

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Custom Fashion in Pilsen

Out of the Mouths of Babes
Within a month after graduating from the Chicago Fashion Incubator, Chicago native Kate Coxworth, the 27-year-old designer of the Kate Boggiano clothing line, moved her inventory from the 11th floor of Macy’s to Pilsen. Now a studio and retail space, Kate Boggiano (2150 Canal Port Ave., Suite 3A3; 866-388-3501, kateboggiano.com) opened earlier this month and carries a line of shirts, tops, and blouses that focuses on…

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SoKo Fashion Escapes Shutter

Stayin’ Alive

Like many businesses this past holiday season, SoKo Fashion (1925 W. Chicago Ave.; 773-592-1089, sokofashion.com) took a hit in sales. As a result, owner Sheri Roney had to make a decision: keep going and possibly take on more debt—or close. Going with the latter, Roney announced her plans to shutter her Ukrainian Village boutique in early February. “If something was gonna happen, it was gonna have to happen fast,” she says. Luckily, the change happened in less than two weeks. “Our inventory was bought out [at 40 percent off] and our sales went…

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Mother and Son Open Vernon Hills Salon

Spa On
Chicagoans in the northern suburbs have a new destination for spa services—Zaza Salon and Day Spa (1101 S. Milwaukee Ave., Suite 101, Vernon Hills; 847-793-1111, zazasalon.com). “We’re not here to only make you look good. We want to enhance your quality of life,” says co-owner Leo Zarovsky, who opened the salon with his mother, Helen, last December. Zaza features both basic services—such as haircuts and styling (from $55 for ladies, from $30 for men), manicures (starting at $20), pedicures (starting at $36), and spray tanning ($40 for full body)—as well as more intricate…

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