Ravenswood – Strange Closets http://www.strangeclosets.com people, homes, travel and stuff Mon, 29 Apr 2013 17:29:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.11 This Week: Patina http://www.strangeclosets.com/2008/06/this-week-at-patina/ http://www.strangeclosets.com/2008/06/this-week-at-patina/#comments Wed, 18 Jun 2008 19:30:00 +0000 http://www.tategunnerson.com/?p=358
Who wants a hand?

Patina, an industrial-chic boutique, is one of those places that seems to hover just under the radar. Located in a slightly subterranean storefront on a slightly residential, slightly commercial stretch of North Damen in a neighborhood I can’t quite identify.

Owner, Alan Shull opened the store after gradually building his inventory over five years.* The result is an eclectic mix of furniture and accessories with an emphasis on mid-century, rural and industrial. And the prices can’t be beat (check out the chairs for especially good deals). Overall, Patina’s well worth the trip.

Patina is located at 4907 N. Damen Avenue in Chicago’s Ravenswood (?) neighborhood. For questions, call 773-334-0400 or e-mail patinachicago@yahoo.com.

* So that’s what I’m doing in my basement.

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This Week: Ravenswood Antique Mall http://www.strangeclosets.com/2008/05/this-week-at-ravenswood-antique-mall/ Thu, 15 May 2008 05:10:00 +0000 http://www.tategunnerson.com/?p=276

If you want to get a sense of where trends are going, you have to know where they’ve been, because, as they say, history repeats itself. Ravenswood Antique Mall is like a library if the card catalog were made real, if the words became tangible, physically browse-able.

If I were a buyer for a major store, this is where I’d go for inspiration, not to figure out how to follow the trend line but for how to take it in an entirely unexpected direction. If I were you, this is where I’d go to simply create an interesting and distinct space.

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Don’t get me wrong – if you’re trendy (in a good way, of course), and you want to participate in all that’s now, there’s plenty to find here. You’ll find blue glass (which results when the bold color trend, blue trend and colored glass trend intersect), horse heads aplenty, vintage Bertoia wire side chairs (and vintage is better than that knockoff on Ebay), Johnathan Adler-style Hollywood Regency and more. Many antique malls feel a bit cluttered, making it difficult to sift out the gold from the rocks. But Ravenswood Antique Mall is put together wonderfully, each piece spotlighted in a way that makes the hunt enjoyable and pleasing to the eye.

Check it out; you won’t be disappointed. If you don’t find exactly what you’re looking for, you may well find a friend. John and Jan and everybody I’ve met are extremely knowledgeable, friendly and fun. Tell them you read about them on Strange Closets.

Ravenswood Antique Mall is located at 4727 N. Damen. For questions, call 773-271-3700.

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