LOGAN SQUARE — The owners of Park & Field in Logan Square have opened a high-end home goods store next to their bar and restaurant.
Logan Mercantile, 3505 W. Fullerton Ave., opened last week. It sells high-quality, eco-friendly home goods like brushes and brooms from Iris Hantverk, a Swedish company founded in the late 19th century, and kitchen knives and utensils from Japanese designer Sori Yanagi.
The goal is “to elevate the everyday,” owner Kitty Izzo previously said.
“I’ve grown tired of this [idea that you] run to Target to buy a cheap broom, and then when you move out, you just leave the broom there,” Izzo said last winter. “You can buy this [broom at the shop] and it will last you a lifetime. You will take it with you because it’s beautiful and it brings a little bit of joy to something that’s otherwise completely mundane and boring.”
All of the products in the shop are selected by Izzo, who worked for luxury brands like Calvin Klein, Waterford Crystal and John Robshaw for two decades before she and her family opened Park & Field in 2016.
In addition to brooms and utensils, the shop carries a range of elevated everyday products, including gardening seeds from Hudson Valley Seed Company, enamel dishes from Falcon Enamelware and Savonnerie Fer à Cheval soap.
Izzo said she’s drawn to brands and makers from around the world that “manufacture goods in the old, traditional way.” She also wants to reduce plastic waste.
The store is opening after more than two years of planning.
Izzo and her husband, Dave Nalezny, bought the building in 2018 thinking it would serve as storage space for Park & Field. But while renovating the long-vacant storefront, they discovered its original tin ceiling and wood floors, and Izzo decided it would make a great shop.
The pandemic delayed the project but didn’t end it. Now that the brick-and-mortar is open, Izzo said she’s working on launching an online shop.
“The safety level after being vaccinated obviously plays a huge part in the comfort of opening my doors to the public. I really couldn’t do much before the vaccination rates were up in Chicago,” Izzo said in a message.
“It’s been such a long time coming, but it also afforded me the luxury of really diving in deep to research the brands I carry and cultivate the inventory. It’s lovely to be open, thoug,h and I’ve been getting lots of love from the neighborhood locals.”
Logan Mercantile is open noon-7 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.
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