The holidays are fast-approaching. If you’re like me and you haven’t finished your holiday shopping yet, you might want to visit a unique, little shop that just opened up in the Glenwood Avenue Arts District.
Armilla at 6928 N. Glenwood is a new home furnishings and accents store, located just south of Morse on a quaint, tree-lined cobblestone street with a distinctly European charm. Operating in an intimate, home space,Armilla brings to the market vintage “finds” with enduring beauty, quality and craftsmanship; repurposed, functional products with a delightful new lease on life; and treasures reclaimed from demolition sites and detoured away from landfills.
Owners Ronald Reizner and Susan Hahn Reizner offer items chosen thoughtfully and deliberately, embracing the age-old adage that wonderful things come in small packages. Armilla specializes in vintage, and sometimes antique, home goods, but their product choices are not necessarily driven by age or pedigree.
Depending on the item, they may research its origins, scrub it, shine it, repair it, restore it, reupholster it, paint it, rewire it, re-envision it, assign it a new purpose, or sometimes, just leave it alone. Lighting is a major part of their product line, which also includes art glass, finely crafted pottery, side chairs, unique tables, trunks, wine racks, vases, candlesticks, curiosities and other small home accessories. Armilla also carries small terrariums for a green connection, and offers an array of other living decorative elements that will change with the seasons.
Ron and Susan enthusiastically share a love of reclaiming, “upcycling,” and repurposing items with great “bones” and enduring value, keeping them out of landfills, and, in their words, “moving them along on their voyage home.” Stop by and visit with them, and learn all about their products’ origins and journeys.
Armilla is now decked out for the winter holiday season. In fact, they just received an award last night from the Rogers Park Business Alliance for the “Most Whimsical Storefront Window” in the Morse/Glenwood business district. The first glittering snowflakes of the season have settled on the branches of the “Bottle Tree” that greets Armilla’s guests.
So come in and check out their collection of homespun ornaments and a truly beautiful array of products for holiday decorating and gift giving.
Once you made your purchase(s), save your receipt and take advantage of the Rogers Park Business Alliance’s “Shop Rogers Park” rebate program. I sent an email earlier this month detailing the program. In sum, you can earn a cash rebate of up to $50 just by shopping in Rogers Park. You have until December 31, 2012 to collect $100 or more in receipts from at least three different stores in Rogers Park.
Submit your original receipts and rebate form to the Rogers Park Business Alliance by January 14, 2013 and receive a $25 rebate. Collect $150 or more in receipts and receive a $50 rebate!
In the meantime, take advantage of all the great shopping opportunities Rogers Park has to offer, including our newest addition, Armilla!