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Shop 1021 Chicago, IL

Q: When did you open your store? 
A: Shop 1021 opened in June 2012.

Q: How did you get started in the business? 
A: I have been in the toy industry since 1996 and in 2010 opened a toy store, *play, in Logan Square. Watching the neighborhood grow and change inspired me to open a store with gifts for all ages!

Q: What do you love about owning the shop? 
A: I love giving the perfect gift, so having a store that allows me to help people give the perfect present is so much fun. I love finding *just* the right thing for my customers.

Q: What do you find to be the most challenging aspect of the business?
A: We’re in an up and coming neighborhood, so we are still developing steady foot traffic business.

Q: What is your favorite entertaining or design tip? Feel free to share both if you’d like.  
A: For entertaining, I’m a strong believer in having a theme and following it from invite to parting gift. It can even just be a color theme that ties everything together.

For Design, I think you just need to buy what you like. Not everything has to match, it just has to coordinate and come together to express your personality. People can get too caught up in one “look” and then it ends up looking like a showroom instead of your living room.

Q: Do you have any favorite pieces in the store right now?
A: I’m loving the Roost champagne glasses and mini aperitif glasses.  They make such a perfect wedding or shower gift!

Q: Do you have any special client stories you would like to share?
A: We have a great customer who does a holiday tea party for 30 ladies and it’s always fun to find just the right thing for her guests.

Q: Is there anything in particular that your shop is known for? 
A: The compliment we hear most often is that our selection is “well curated”, and we love that.  I work really hard to find cool and unique items for the shop, and the word “curated” just sounds fancy.

Q: What is your favorite quote? 
A: “There’s no use trying,” she said: “one can’t believe impossible things.”
“I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”  – Through the Looking Glass, Lewis Carroll

Shop 1021 | REstyleSOURCE

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Shop 1021 | REstyleSOURCE

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Q: What is something you have learned in the business that you didn’t expect? 
A: Having spent most of my life in toys, it is fascinating to see how the “other” holidays work in retail, like Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day.

Q: What items are your best sellers?
A: We sell a lot of books…cook books, cocktail guides, coffee table books.  We also do a great greeting card business.

Q: Are there any other tidbits you would like for us to include in this feature?
A: We have an in-house customer stationer, Spilled Ink Press, that creates a line of exclusive greeting cards for us and does amazing invitation work.

Q: What drives your passion?
A: I love that my stores have played a part in the revitalization of the neighborhood but more than anything I love finding wonderful treasures both for Shop 1021 and for *play.

Q: What inspires you? 
A: It brings me great joy to see people having fun and discovering things in the stores. It makes my day when people say this is their favorite Shop.

Q: Tell us about your team members.   
A: I feel so lucky to have found a great team. They all take pride in their work and love the product. They feel like family which is a bonus!

Q: What is the importance of customer service? What results you have seen from going the extra mile for your customers or employees?  
A: We wouldn’t be here if we didn’t have great service. There are plenty of other places to shop, including the internet, so we feel it’s very important to create an experience for the customer.

Q: What sets your business apart from online shopping? 
A: The ability to create a perfect gift for a loved one. You can put together different elements that fit their personality and walk out with a beautifully wrapped present.

Q: Are there any restaurants or shops in the area that you like to visit?
A: We love all of our neighborhood shops and restaurants.  Logan Square has recently been getting a lot of attention for the restaurant scene. Some of our favorite shops are *play, Fleur, and Provenance.

Shop 1021 | REstyleSOURCE

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Shop 1021 | REstyleSOURCE
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Shop 1021 | REstyleSOURCE
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Chicago, IL

773 235 1021

Shop 1021 is a home and gift boutique located in Logan Square with a wide selection of unique products. 

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