RAVENSWOOD — Alapash New Home is closing its store in Ravenswood later this month after its owner decided not to renew the lease.
The announcement was made via a post on the shop’s Facebook page Tuesday.
“With heavy hearts, we announce our final day of operation will be Feb. 21. Thank you Chicago, for your love and support for the past 10 years,” the post said.
Alapash specializes in terrariums, plants and artisanal wares for the kitchen and home. Marco Chavarry moved his home decor business into the 4835 N. Damen Ave. storefront in 2015.
Chavarry opened another Alapash location in Three Oaks, Michigan, in 2019. That’s one of the reasons he’s decided to close the Ravenswood location.
“Marco moved to Michigan about a year and a half ago. And he just wants to focus on one store rather than trying to curate from long distance a second location in Chicago,” said manager Dan Schell.
The decision had nothing to do with the coronavirus pandemic, which has hit the retail industry hard. The closure had been in the works for a while, Schell said.
While the physical store on Damen will be closed, Schell said fans in Chicago will still be able to shop the store’s wares online.
Chavarry also thanked his Chicago fans for the support they’ve given over the years.
“First of all, thank you, thank you, thank you, from the bottom of my heart. Sure, yesterday was a very emotional day after the announcement of our Damen store closing,” Chavarry wrote on Facebook. “But your lovely comments and messages warm my heart and made me feel the love you have always shared with me and Dan.”
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