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Divine Consign in Oak Park: Resale goes upscale

At a time when many beloved home boutiques are shuttering, Oak Park’s Divine Consign has thrived. The secret? Working with the economy rather than against it. “There has been a fundamental shift in the way that people look at shopping and at furnishing their homes,” says the owner, Kellie Scott, 41, who left a career … Read more

Workshop: Annie Novotny opens a store in Pilsen

The owner Annie Novotny: a jacket by her label, Frei Designs (below)   After four years of wholesaling her eco-friendly line Frei Designs, Annie Novotny hit a snag. The economic downturn meant that some boutiques had shuttered, while others were ordering more conservatively. “For the first time, I had a lot of overstock,” Novotny says. … Read more