Neighborly gift shop is officially closing its store at 1909 W. Division St. and relocating to a smaller store in Wicker Park.
The original Wicker Park location will have its last day on Sunday, April 24, while the Lincoln Park store will remain open. Owner Jenny Beorkrem, who also owns Ork Posters, uses the gift shop to showcase local artists and products from her other businesses. After three years, Beorkrem is ready to relocate to a smaller location within Wicker Park. She tells What Now Chicago the main reason to relocate was to find a better location, rather than cutting costs, which other publications have suggested.
“Our other location in Lincoln Square is quite a bit smaller and does almost as well as the Division Street location,” Beorkrem tells Block Club Chicago. “So we’re going to just try to find something that kind of mimics what we have in Lincoln Square, that’s a little bit smaller, but maybe a little bit better spot, most likely a corner space or something like that.”
The exact location of the new Wicker Park location is still unknown. Beorkrem is actively searching for the perfect spot to relocate. When she does find this new location, guests can expect the same in-person hub that offers products from local makers and artisans, such as jewelry, greeting cards, and candles. Beorkrem also uses the store as a primary source of ethically made goods.
“We were really hoping to be able to tell people where we were going and when, but we don’t have anything solidified yet,” Beorkrem tells the publication. “We definitely want to find the right spot for us.”