Tuesday, March 23, 2010
I Give You Chicago
Chicago, March 19, 2010.
I give you Chicago. It is not London and Harvard.
It is not Paris and buttermilk.
It is American in every chitling and sparerib.
It is alive from snout to tail.
H. L. Mencken
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Sunday, March 21, 2010
A Visit to GREER Chicago
If you're anywhere near Chicago's Old Town area,
get thee to
If you're not, it's OK, I went there for you.
Don't worry, I got you some stuff.
If you're a regular at my blog,
a) I LIKE YOU, I REALLY LIKE YOU
b) you've read about the Paper Trail in upstate NY.
Can a store have a soulmate?
If so, PT's soulmate is GREER.
The brainchild of one
Ms. Chandra Greer,
it's an exquisitely beautiful paper goods shop.
GREER is the embodiment of Chandra's own personal style,
grace, wit, creativity, and intuitive eye.
Much like the logo for the shop which she designed,
the store has an elegant yet fanciful feel the minute you arrive.
I'll stop gushing now and let the pictures tell the story.
Click on any photo to see details.
Oh wait! Now Oprah's gushing about GREER! Cool.
Sterling silver letters for wedding cakes and such.
Vintage buttons, sequins, and baubles by the jar.
These drawers stopped me in my tracks.
Gorgeous ribbon, sorted
with the most perfect flair.
I could have stared at these all day.
If I were designing a room, I'd use these combinations
for fabric inspiration and ideas.
Here are a few more:
I spotted the deer all around the store.
Like to think of them as GREER deer.
One of the many bursts of colorful notes--
any of these cards would make your message memorable.
Chicago's roots are honored throughout the store.
As I was admiring this chair,
Chandra showed me what was under the items.
The previous owner of the chair evidently
wanted there to be no mistake about its provenance.
One of my very favorite items unique to GREER.
Envelopes with beautiful unused vintage stamps,
for sending special notes.
Adorable and practical baby items.
The card selection is unsurpassed.
Many unique brands, and cards designed right at GREER.
I loved the storage pieces and fixtures,
such as this antique dental cupboard.
There's a great selection of clocks
(and calendars too, for when time really drags).
I can't even tell you what ensued when I spotted this vintage item.
It's Dorothee Maurer-Becker's Wall-All from the 70's.
I had one of these, in a smaller size.
My friend Steph and I bought them together in junior high.
It went with me to college, and maybe beyond.
I'm sad I don't have it anymore, and seeing this was a blast.
That's the kind of geek I really am.
I wanted to buy every piece of jewelry in the case. PERIOD.
Home accessories mix it up with the paper goodies,
making this the perfect place to buy a gift for anyone.
Stay tuned for a future interview with her.
Maybe I can even talk her into a guest post.
Specially commissioned poster for GREER, by Hammerpress.
GREER's motto is from a speech by John F. Kennedy,
and is reflected in the customer service, personalized design,
and gracious welcome you'll receive if you're lucky enough to drop in.
If you can't get there, the store's
is full of great shopping
So, what did I bring you?
How could I NOT get the paint-by-number horse notes?
These are Civilettes, Chandra's own creation.
(A lot nicer than some of the cards I've
Thanks for coming along!
See anything you like?
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