A few anecdotes :
I was that geeky kid who, every April through September morning, thoroughly scanned all the newspaper baseball box scores. Memorize the stats, see who was playing unexpectedly well, then buy their cards on the cheap to resell to the same dealer for a profit a month later.
Then I was that aesthetically-anxious kid who, every couple of weeks, fastidiously rearranged his wacky collection of arty magazine ads, kitsch ephemera, and brooding music posters.
And then I was that one jerk thrifting all the Eames chairs and vintage Levi's before you.
Hey… I had some tuition that needed paying. And you needed to shop faster.
A few more anecdotes :
I have been a Chicagoan since 2000; was born and raised in San Antonio, TX;
have spent time (among other places) in Hudson Valley, NY and Ann Arbor, MI.
I have driven my own vehicle in 46 of the 48 continental states.
I am fond of day baseball, flea markets, The Smiths, clean lines, and dirty denim.
Pocahontas is my 13th great-grandmother.
Some press + accolades :
1 of 5 shops selected for Wallpaper magazine's City Guide Chicago.
1 of 5 shops selected for Details magazine article "America's New Design Capital : Chicago."
Winner of Best New Boutique 2011, as chosen by Time Out readers.
National Boutique of the Week – Huffington Post.
"It's fulfilling to find a store that seems to 'get' everything - a distinctive, reasonably priced inventory, welcoming layout, friendly staff that knows their stuff, and a discernible point of view." – Chicago Home & Garden.
"There are certain shops that ignite that visceral reaction of 'We want all of the things.' Their appeal speaks to the power of curation... They give us the feeling that just by being there, we're somehow making our homes, and our lives, a little bit more perfect. Step inside and you may never want to leave." – Tasting Table.
"Arrin has a great eye for gorgeous product." – Apartment Therapy.
"We absolutely love the aesthetic. Truly a unique shopping experience." – Visual Supply Co.
Also featured in/on, among others :
Design Sponge, CondeNast Traveler, Crain's Chicago Business, Refinery29, WCIU Morning Show, CBS Morning Show, Martha Stewart Living, Daily Candy, Remodelista.
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