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Why Boutiques Close

September 16, 2014


A recent article in Crain’s Chicago Business answers “Why is it so hard to be a boutique owner in Chicago?”   Being from Chicago, it’s no surprise that last year’s polar vortex kept shoppers indoors, afraid to venture out into temperatures colder than they had been in at least 20 years.  However, that’s just a piece of the story.

One boutique owner found “small, lower-priced designers were going out of business left and right as credit dried up, making it hard to find inventory.”  Higher-end national labels approached her about selling their product, but she knew the expensive lines just wouldn’t sell.  So, she was stuck.

But not anymore!  Hand makers fill an important supply piece of this puzzle.  The problem is, it’s too hard and time-consuming for many boutique owners to find them.  Why are they an important piece? 

  • they have a unique product and viewpoint…they are oftentimes undiscovered talent
  • they have very low minimums and have flexibility
  • they have acceptable price points
  • they have passion!

We are bringing together as many hand-makers as possible to offer boutique buyers a solution to the problem many shop owners face.  On October 1, 2014, wholesale buyers can shop online RIGHT HERE and find amazing new merchandise for their stores.  So far, our ordering platform is lined up with the following broad categories of handmade product: jewelry, fine art, home goods, children’s.  More product is being added weekly until our launch.

Are you a hand-maker?  Click here to learn more and sign up.

Are you a boutique buyer?  Follow us on Facebook to be sure you hear when we are open for business.  Personal invitations will be emailed to any boutique buyer on our newsletter list.  Not sure if you’re on the list?  Shoot me an email at and I’ll add you, simple as that!

We can’t wait to offer you some great product!

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