Subway: Pink to 54th/Cermak(708) 908-0244 rockettmansion.com41.853163 -87.650195 2150 S Canalport Ave, unit 5A-4 (between Morgan St and Cermak Rd) Pilsen, Chicago
Owner Melanie Lyke studied fashion design at Howard University, so after a few years of retail jobs and substitute teaching, she figured she should finally put those skills to good use. At her brick-and-mortar store, she sells unaltered and slightly reworked vintage clothing and accessories. Except for the jewelry (blingy rhinestone rings, bronze collars composed of vintage pieces), Lyke prefers embellishing over deconstructing. Right now, that means dip-dyeing, adding studs to otherwise standard vintage fare and shortening hemlines to modernize the mostly '70s–'90s garb.