LINCOLN PARK — A new dog-themed coffee shop in Lincoln Park is selling merchandise to raise money for the city’s animal shelter.
Ludlow Charlingtons, which opened Aug. 2 at 2425 N. Clark St., is donating 50 percent of its merchandise proceeds to the Friends of Chicago Animal Care and Control, a nonprofit aimed at saving animals that go to Chicago Animal Care and Control.
Ludlow’s owner, Naji Al-Awar, rescued his dog, Cora, from the shelter in 2019. He said he hopes the partnership will lead to more dogs being rescued and adopted so they aren’t euthanized.
“When we got Cora there, we were looking at the dogs and it took 20 minutes to find someone to actually take our dog out and walk her,” Al-Awar said. “It’s completely underfunded and understaffed, so we’re hoping we can help with that while reducing the number of dogs being euthanized by helping them find homes instead.”
People can support the cause by buying the store’s dog bandanas, mugs, reusable straws and tumblers, which grant people 10 percent off their order when they come back for a refill, Al-Awar said. He hopes to introduce T-shirts, hats and other merchandise as the partnership grows.
The shop will host an adopt-a-dog event noon-3 p.m. Sept. 12 in partnership with Friends of Chicago Animal Care and Control. People can meet shelter dogs ad learn about adopting while enjoying coffee, Al-Awar said.
Ludlow Charlingtons builds on the dog theme with portraits of dogs featured on Animal Care and Control’s Instagram page, Al-Awar said.
The shop’s logo, which features a pit bull dressed in old-fashioned British clothing, is modeled after Cora, he said.
The shop’s coffee is supplied by Counter Culture Coffee, a roaster based out of the West Loop. Its pastries, which are served in dog dishes, are supplied by La Fournette in Old Town, Al-Awar said.
“Our product is top-notch, and we hope that if people come here, they’ll like what we have to offer, enjoy the environment and hopefully support” Friends of Chicago Animal Care and Control, Al-Awar said.
Ludlow Charlingtons is open 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday.
Jake Wittich is a Report for America corps member covering Lakeview, Lincoln Park and LGBTQ communities across the city for Block Club Chicago.
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