Saturday, August 7, 2010

USA:Independent Retail Week to support Chicago boutiques


Independent Retail Week (October 16 through October 23), created by, returns for another year to help lift the local economy by further accelerating consumer spending while celebrating the diversity of Chicago’s fashion scene.

The initiative offers independent retailers a reputable platform to reach thousands of consumers via a week-long, city-wide shopping extravaganza and increase brand awareness. Prior Independent Retail Week’s held in NYC, Philadelphia and Chicago have been highly regarded by both retailers and consumers. Celebrated stores include: Anastasia Chatkza, Adele Dallas Orr, Kreative Soul and Wildflowers.

“We are very excited to be a sponsor of Independent Retail Week. The Merchandise Mart and The Chicago Market have always been huge supporters of independent retailers and designers. When there is an opportunity to go out into the community and support our city we jump in and embrace it!” Trisha Schultz, Director of Marketing, Merchandise Mart.

Consumers can enjoy exclusive promotions, discounts and in-store events ranging from trunk shows, style consultancy and cocktail parties.

“By featuring independent retailers and designers within our merchandising mix at The Shops at North Bridge, we are not only providing our shoppers with additional choices, but we are also helping to promote the entrepreneurial spirit of local business owners. Chicago has amazing local talent and having a store at our shopping center provides independent retailers with a rare opportunity to showcase their product line on Michigan Avenue, exposing their brand to the world,” Erica Strama, Marketing Manager, The Shops at North Bridge.

Independent Retail Week: Chicago is supported by; a resource that features Local Boutiques who offer that unique shopping experience not found on-line or at the mall and Local First Chicago; a network educating the public on the importance of choosing locally owned, independent businesses as well as Hotel Felix Chicago. 

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