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1400 W. Hubbard St.; 312-491-0400
SAVE If you bought your first sofa at Roy’s Furniture, consider Pearl for your next purchase. Tucked away on a corner of Hubbard Street, just east of Ashland Avenue, Kim Tepper’s fledgling discount furniture operation sells sofas a lot like some you might find at Crate and Barrel and Pottery Barn—but for 20 to 50 percent less. Tepper, who conducts business by individual appointment only, works with small manufacturers to keep prices low, and correspondingly there is little retail frill at the show room. Your custom-fabricated sofa will take eight weeks to arrive (Pearl also sells beds, chairs, dining-room tables, and kids’ furniture), but it’s a bona fide bargain. Don’t feel nervous about calling just to browse: Tepper’s sales routine is relaxed and pressure free.
Jayson Home & Garden
1885 N. Clybourn Ave.; 773-248-8180
SPLURGE Positioned somewhere between the minimalist selection at a boutique and the acres of living-room vignettes at a department store, Jayson Home & Garden is perhaps the ideal venue for sofa shopping. Carrying a sizable portion of the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams line in addition to its own high-quality brand and a few others, the Lincoln Park retailer has a knack for culling the dramatic styles in a variety of design traditions that, as a collection, transcend the straight-up-and-down trend so prevalent elsewhere. The two-cushion Baxter ($1,995) is a modern update of a 1920s Parisian parlor piece, and its wide, one-cushioned sofetta ($1,195) would make an elegant bedroom lounger. The eclectically crammed show room is actually a plus: Never thought to put an antique Chinese lacquered armoire next to a modern settee? Now you might.