Two Chicago stores—Connect and p+L—(kind of) close
We'll give you the sad news first: A couple of great Chicago boutiques are set to close soon. But don't get too upset. They're not exactly closing up shop forever. Remember when Clever Alice folded up its Bucktown storefront this month but promised to remain online and hinted at future pop-up shops? It's kind of like that. Is 2012 the year of retail retooling?
First up in our inbox was news from Lakeview favorite p+L. The owners sent an e-mail to friends of the shop saying they are leaving their Clark Street location next month. "It's both bitter and sweet that we leave this storefront, but we think we'll end up in a better place in the long run," Paul and Leena wrote. Notice that phrase "a better place"? The shop is obviously planning to move to a new location. There's no word yet on where, but I'm guessing East Lakeview shoppers are hoping p+L stays in the 'hood. That neighborhood seems to be lacking in trendy boutiques. Look for merch to be marked half off starting next month.
Connect, on the other hand, started it's "everything must go sale" today. The eco-minded Wicker Park shop is switching gears as soon as possible. Owner Jonathan Shaun (pictured) also has a clothing line, Nonetheless Garments, which features eco-conscious menswear that's dressy, yet suitable for bike riding. The line must be taking off because the Connect space is becoming a Nonetheless Garments showroom and design studio. That means most non-Nonetheless items (including selections by Patagonia and Nau) are marked up to 70% off. The sale lasts until the inventory is sold out.