Glam To Go

-Womenswear, Roscoe Village No Comments »

2002 W. Roscoe, (773)525-7004, glamtogo.com [ratings]
Goods: Women’s clothing, jewelry, handbags, body products. Designers: Melie Bianco, 525 America, Topin, Theme; bags by Tano and Highway; jewelry from Kevi, Leila and Sepia. Owner: With a strong background in retail, Jenny Flynn opened Glam To Go with a mission to build a modern day one-stop shop. Vibe: With every surface covered in glitter, ribbons or frills, one could easily lose track of time taking in everything this small shop has to offer. Price Range: Moderate. The Look: Feminine and whimsical. Perfect gear for visiting the Butterfly Sanctuary at the Notebaert Nature Museum. Shopper’s Perks: The complimentary gift-wrapping confirms that this place is perfect for grab-and-go gift shopping.

UPDATED OCTOBER 2009

Glam To Go

The Dressing Room

-Women's Shoes, -Womenswear, Lincoln Square No Comments »

4635 N. Lincoln, (773)728-0088, thedressingroomchicago.com [ratings]
Goods: Clothing, accessories and shoes for women. Designers: BB Dakota, Tano, 525 America, Tulle; denim by Red Engine, Christopher Blue, !iT  and Joe’s Jeans, dresses and skirts by Skunkfunk. Owners: Barbara Ruiz and Sarah Sanchez opened this North Center boutique with the hopes of making shopping easy and fun again—especially for moms with tots in tow. They also have a shoe store up the block. Vibe: With easy-on-the-ears John Mayer playing in the background, funky wallpaper lining the walls and exposed pipes dangling above, The Dressing Room is something right out of Dwell magazine. Price Range: Moderate. The Look: On-top-of-it young mom who effortlessly taps into timely style (think Kate Hudson). If kids aren’t in your picture, think more daring Southport dweller. Shopper’s Perks: An increasingly diminishing kids’ play area (sorry kiddies, the shoes had to go somewhere) and plenty of goods from local designers including Deana Rose and Jess L.C. Jewelry.

UPDATED OCTOBER 2009

The Dressing Room

Ms. Catwalk

-Womenswear, Bucktown No Comments »

2042 N. Damen, (773)235-2750, mscatwalk.com [ratings]
Goods: Clothing and accessories for women. Designers: Jewelry by K. Amato, dresses by Genevieve Cruz, knits by 525 America, clothing by Hazel, Tulle, Sugar Lips and 1921 Jeans. Owner: Michon Stuttley, who worked as a stylist and probation officer before opening her cute-as-candy boutique. Vibe: Peppy decor (walls are striped in pink, blue and chocolate) and an extremely friendly sales staff make this the pre-party place to shop. Price Range: Inexpensive-Moderate. The Look: This shopper wears clothing meant to sparkle in the light of a disco ball. She accessorizes with a martini glass and flirts freely.

Ms. Catwalk

Open for Business: Cerulean 1

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Cerulean 1 on North Southport Avenue may have only been open two weeks, but owner Jennifer Dulhanty has been in the fashion industry for twenty-two years.

“I used to work wholesale,” she says. Later serving as the sales director of Chicago’s Stylemax show at the Merchandise Mart, Dulhanty readily accepted the offer to take over the spot formerly known as Shane. “When he made the decision to sell, he called me, and I bit,” Dulhanty recalls. A wise choice, considering the speed at which items are flying off the shelves.

“All my pieces are all gone!” she exclaims, perusing her own racks. With a built-in clientele of former Shane shoppers, Dulhanty didn’t need to work too hard to gain an instant following. “All [the clients were] familiar with Shane,” she says. And while Dulhanty started with all-new stock, she made the decision to keep some of the same brands. “Why mess with a good thing, as they say?” she asks.

Named for the color, however, Cerulean I’s main attraction is denim—premium denim. “I think that’s important,” Dulhanty says. “Everybody’s wearing denim out for everything.” So which brand is best? “Big Star,” she answers without hesitation. “Their fit is amazing for both men and women.” Dulhanty is also a fan of Joe’s Jeans. “Aren’t they cute?” she asks, holding up a pair of wide-leg drawstring pants.

Also featuring items like 525 America hoodies and Rebecca Beeson tanks, Dulhanty says she considers her store the “most casual on the street,” although she expects to get into more high-end tops for women. “We already have them in men’s,” she adds. For now, Michael Stars is the number-one brand in the store. “Michael Stars’ dresses are fabulous,” Dulhanty says. “[We have them] coming in for fall with metallic threads in them.”

Clearly, the shop swap hasn’t hurt Southport’s style scene one bit. But for those still mourning the loss of Shane, take comfort. Dulhanty says she isn’t really planning on changing much. “Everyone on the street has a niche,” she says. “Mine is the more casual. I see us continuing to be successful.” (Nicole Briese)

Cerulean I, 3657 North Southport, (773)525-6870


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